Planning & Construction Updates

February 2018

Existing Building:

  • Installed linoleum and refinished wood floors
  • Pulled electrical and fire alarm cables, terminated and installed devices
  • Constructed casework for new front desk in main office
  • Continued restoration of historical doors and trimmed door frames; painted and installed the wood base
  • Reroofed the art rooms
  • Circulated the hydronic loop for the geothermal system
  • Commissioned water source heat pumps and hot water heaters

New Building:

  • Kitchen equipment arrived and is being installed
  • Painted ceiling in commons area and install hat channel for acoustical panels
  • Finished overhead work at stage and started to install proscenium wood panels
  • Installed metal panels and light boxes at front entry and started placing concrete at front entry plaza Finished stairs and landings at exterior doors on west elevation
  • Fine graded playground area and installed curbing that defines the play equipment area

January 2018

Existing Building:

  • Continued tile work in areas B and C second floor
  • Installed soffit framing in loading dock
  • Installed low voltage wiring in second floor and kindergarten rooms
  • Demolished two heaved road panels

New Building:

  • Successfully completed ground loop hydrostatic testing
  • Completed overhead work on second floor, kitchen and loading dock areas
  • Prepared gymnasium for ceiling painting
  • Installed white boards and FE boxes
  • Finished railing in penthouse and loading dock area stairs
  • Started quarry tile layout in kitchen
  • Completed cap sheet installation on mechanical mezzanine roof at gymnasium

December 2017

Existing Building: This month, the construction team installed casework on second floor, placed plumbing fixtures and finished the floor tile in the group restroom, and painted the art room and hallways. They prepped for new material and completed the masonry restoration. Installation of lighting fixtures and electrical devices began.

New Building: Roofing started on the gymnasium. Windows, storefront glass and new waterlines were completed, and the transformer was set and energized. The team wired mechanical units in penthouse and installed temporary gas heat throughout the new and existing buildings.

November 2017

Existing Building: Work included painting interior walls, installing of casework on the first floor and tile on the restroom walls and floors, and installation of the ceiling grids and conduits. Mechanical units in the basement have been wired and piped. They also finished roofing the library and began replacing the roof for the art room.

New Building: Work continued on roofing for new academic building. The project team installed metal paneling on the east side, installed windows on the west side and completed masonry work. Gypsum wallboard was installed on the first and second floors and in Area A. Overhead mechanical, electrical and sprinkler installation began. Framing was completed in Area C, and switchgear and wiring was installed and test in preparation for City Light to install the transformer.

October 2017

Existing Building: Completed the library and penthouse roofs. Installed, taped and skimmed the gypsum wallboard on the first floor, with the second floor in progress. Masonry restoration work continued. Wired and piped the basement boiler, mechanical and electrical rooms.

New Building: Roofing continued. Exterior framing, sheathing and vapor/water barrier was almost complete. Work began on windowsill pans and frames. Installed brick veneer on west side and on gymnasium. Completed interior framing and door framing in area C. Installed first and second floor overhead electrical, sprinkler piping, ductwork, hydronic piping, and water lines. Continued installing spiral ductwork in the gymnasium. Installed switchgear and wiring in the main electrical room.

August 2017

Existing Building: Work completed in August included finishing the interior metal stud framing on the second floor; finishing in-wall and overhead electrical, mechanical, sprinkler, and plumbing on  the second floor. Inspections were requested for the mechanical/electrical/plumbing rough-ins, and photos were taken of in-wall utilities for future use by maintenance. The roofer removed the penthouse roof on 1946 building and started replacing the roof over library  

New Building: All structural steel erection was completed. Exterior metal stud framing work was finished in area A and veneer installation began. Decking was completed in area B and continued in area C. Slab preparation was in progress for the gym, main electrical room and crane alley. Concrete was placed for the mechanical penthouse and 80% of the second floor. Mechanical/electrical/plumbing was completed on the first floor of area A and began on the second floor. 

June 2017

Comments were received from the Seattle Department of Transportation on the 90% Street Improvement Plan, and the architect/civil engineer is working on responses to the comments. Structural steel has been installed on the second floor, roof and penthouse of area A. Concrete floors have been placed in the second floor and penthouse of area A. Structural steel erection is underway in areas B and C. Masonry walls were completed in area A and are in progress in area B and the gym. Metal stud framing in the basement and first floor of the existing building has been completed. In-wall installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing is following the metal stud framing. Pipe insulation has started on first floor. Installed equipment has been hooked-up in the basement mechanical and boiler room. Overhead mechanical equipment and ducting has been installed in all existing classrooms. All floor slabs are in except main electrical room, water pump room and gym. Waterproofing of stem walls and foundation drains, and back fill around perimeter is underway.

May 2017

Submitted the 90% Street Improvement Plan to SDOT for review. Installed structural steel with metal decking in area 1. Placed the elevated concrete floor slab. Started masonry walls in area 1. Installed mechanical equipment in the existing building. Underground primary electrical conduit and under-slab electrical installed. Continued final grading and capillary course in preparation for slabs. Reinforced concrete footings and stem walls at main entry, loading dock and gym being placed. Plumbing, ducting and metal studs are being installed in Level 1 and 2 of existing building. Began metal studs and drywall in existing building. The new principal toured the site, and the architect began working with school staff on furniture selection. 

March 2017

60% Street Improvement Plan comments were received from SDOT and resubmitted. The architect presented interior finishes to staff. Drilling of the geothermal wells continued, and the manifold piping was in progress. Aggregate piers were installed under the new footings, and placing of footings for the west section of the new building began. The crawlspace was dug out and new mechanical room concrete slabs placed. Plumbing pipe and ductwork was installed in the basement. Structural enhancements to the existing building continued.

February 2017

The 60% Street Improvement Plan revisions were under review by the city. A Total Contract Cost (TCC) amendment was signed by Skanska and routed for district signatures. The D-9 documentation was submitted to the state Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction. The D-10 authorizing execution of General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM) contract was received. The Notice to Proceed on Group D packages was issued to Skanska, the GCCM. Hazardous materials abatement and selective demolition continued. Geothermal well drilling and site utilities installation were in progress.

January 2017

The phase II building permit was received and work began. The 60% street improvement plan revisions were resubmitted to Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). The project value analysis continues. The Seattle School Board approved the total contract cost amendment. The Notice to Proceed on portions of the Group C package was issued through the Skanska. Hazardous materials abatement and selective demolition continues. Drilling has begun for the geothermal wells. Installation of site utilities is in progress. 

December 2016

The phase I building permit was received and work began. The phase II cycle 3 responses were sent to the City of Seattle. The 60% street improvement plan comments have been received. Bid group C and D were opened, and a project value analysis will be done due to the bid results. The Board Action Report for the total contract cost amendment was presented to the Seattle School Board Operations Committee, who put it on the Board agenda for January. The contractor has mobilized. Hazardous materials abatement and site demolition continues. 

November 2016

Phase 1 building permit cycle comments are complete and the construction team is waiting for the King County storm water permit to be issued. The King County discharge permit is under review and revisions were submitted. Phase 2building permit cycle 3 is under review. The 60% street improvement plan is under review. The Landmarks Board issued the Certificate of Approval. A Board Action Report is being drafted for the total contract cost (TCC) amendment. The contractor has mobilized and abatement is underway. 

October 2016

The construction document (CD) phase is complete. Comments were received on the phase 1 building permit cycle 4, and responses were sent to the city. The King County discharge permit is under review. Comments were received on the phase 2 building permit cycle 2, and responses were sent to the city. The street improvement plan was submitted for 60% review.  The final presentation was made to the Landmarks Board.

September 2016

Major activity completed this month: Reached 95% construction document (CD). Received phase I building permit cycle 2 and 3 comments and responded to the City. Advanced the street improvement plan to 60%. Held briefing with Landmarks Board and finalized the application package. Issued Notice to Proceed on group A packages through Skanska (GCCM). Completed structural package and advertised group B bid package. 

August 2016

The construction document (CD) phase continued. The  75% construction document estimate reconciliation was completed. Comments were received on the phase 1 building permit cycle 1, and responses were sent to the city. Comments were received on the phase 2 building permit cycle 1, and responses were being developed. The street improvement plan was under review and the team met with the city. The Landmarks Board was briefed and the application package was being finalized. The school community was moved to the John Marshall School and portables were relocated. 

June 2016

Completed 75% construction documents and started 75% construction document estimate. The Master Use Permit decision was upheld and the permit approved. The street improvement plan is under review. Minor adjustments are being made to address landmark concerns.

May 2016

Design development (DD) phase estimate reconciliation is complete, and the construction document phase began. The Master Use Permit Decision was upheld, with judicial appeal due by May 27. The project team met with Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to review the building assessment and made a presentation to the Landmark Board’s Architectural Review Committee. D-5 documents are complete.

April 2016

The design development (DD) phase estimate was received and reconciliation began. The Master Use Permit appeal hearing occurred on April 27, 2016. The contract has been executed for commissioning services. A presentation was made to the Landmark’s Architectural Review Committee.

March 2016

Completed design development (DD) phase. The Master Use Permit environmental review decision, including departures was posted. A contract executed for commissioning services. The CD-5 documents are complete. Presentation was made to the Landmark’s Architectural Review Committee.

February 2016

Design development continues with 100 percent of design development (DD) due in mid-March. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) reviewed the departures. The Master Use Permit environmental review comment period has closed. The project team met with DPD for the building permit pre-application meeting. A presentation was made to the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT), the PTA and school staff. Staff also made a presentation to the Landmark’s Architectural Review Committee. Work is underway on the D-5.

January 2016

Continued design development, which is now at 50 percent. Departures and permitting work continues. The envelope consultant is under contract and the commissioning agent has been selected.

December 2015

Continued design development. Completed conductivity geothermal test well. The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) reviewed the project departures. Master Use Permit Environmental Review comment period took place. Received and reviewed the request for proposal (RFP) for commissioning services.

November 2015

Continued design development. Learned the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Departure Committee voted against all departures. Issued minority report to DON on departures. The SEPA DNS was affirmed by Hearing Examiner. Reviewed Master Use Permit. Executed contract for envelope consultant. Received request for proposal responses for commissioning services.

October 2015

Design development continues. The SEPA Hearing final written arguments were submitted. The Master Use Permit was reviewed.

September 2015

The schematic design has been approved and design development began. The Department of Neighborhoods departures meeting was rescheduled. The SEPA hearing was held and the Master Use Permit was submitted.

August 2015

Design, planning and permitting work continues. The Department of Neighborhoods selected the departures committee Schematic Design refinement complete
 Skanska completed Schematic Design estimate and team began reconciliation Department of Neighborhoods selected Departures committee. The 
final SEPA Checklist and Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) has been appealed. The value engineering (VE) Board Action Request was drafted. A contract has been executed for building envelope consulting, and inspections and testing are underway at the existing building to help mitigate unforeseen conditions.

July 2015

In July, the project team worked on schematic design refinement and a cost-reduction analysis to align with the project budget. Development continued development of sustainable systems/passive options. The final SEPA checklist and determination of non-significance was advertised. The value engineering draft report was received and VE items selected for the final report. A professional services contract was awarded for the envelope consulting.

June 2015

Planning, design and document preparation continues. Public comments were received on the SEPA Checklist draft. The value engineering student took place.

May 2015

Design work and planning continue. Development is in progress to include sustainable systems/passive options with a target of 20 Energy Use Intensity.

April 2015

Design work and planning continues. The General Contractor/Construction Manager selection is complete and the contract awarded to Skanska.

March 2015

The schematic design phase continues. Selection process for the general contractor/construction management (GC/CM) firm is complete. Work continued on development of sustainable systems. The draft geotechnical study has been delivered and the project eco-charrette took place. A landmarks designation has been issued and planning began on controls and incentives related to that designation. The zoning departures summary was issued to the Department of Neighborhoods.

February 2015

The schematic design phase began. The project team started the geotechnical survey, completed the tree inventory and continued the traffic study. Work is underway on development of sustainable systems/passive options, target 20 Energy Use Intensity (EUI). There was a landmarks nomination hearing and site tour.

December 2014

School Design Advisory Team meetings are underway.

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