Planning & Construction Updates

March 2017

The flooring installation, including the gym floor,was complete,except for floors in the commons. Final painting and cleaning has been done in the classroom wings. The elevator installation was complete as was most landscape topsoil and irrigation. Signage has been installed, and building commissioning began.


February 2017

The following tasks were completed in areas A and B: flooring, toilet partitions and accessories, and ceiling tile. In addition, casework and wood paneling was completed. The elevator installation was nearly done. The hardscape throughout the site was completed and some of the irrigation for the landscaping had been installed.  


January 2017

In January, the following were completed: ceiling tile in portions of areas A, B and C;

casework in portions of areas A, B and C; and flooring in portions of areas A and B. Nearly all the exterior painting is done, and portions of the hardscape have been installed. Basketball equipment has been installed in the gym. In the kitchen, the walk-in cooler and freezer were installed.

The electrical transformer has been set, allowing the team to energize the building and begin equipment startup.


December 2016

The interior painting has been finished in area B and C, and the drywall has been completed in area D. Ceiling tile installation has begun in area A. The casework has been completed in area C. The planter walls in the courtyards and the loading dock slab have been completed. The first portion of the asphalt paving for the drop off loop has been completed. 


November 2016

Completed roofing, storefront glazing in the gym, and exterior masonry. Completed interior painting and ceiling grid installation in area B. Began plumbing trim-out. Started installing light fixtures in the restrooms. Courtyard planter walls were underway. Work began to place curbs at the bus loop.


October 2016

The building was “dried in” (which means the exterior envelope and roofing were essentially complete). The majority of exterior painting in areas A and B, and interior painting and ceiling grid installation in area A has been completed. The majority of street improvements—sidewalk and asphalt paving—was completed. Casework installation began in areas A and B.  The contractors started pulling electrical/telecom cable and wire. Drywall installation began in areas C and D. Work began on exterior seat walls.


September 2016

The exterior masonry was completed. The roofing was also completed except for the canopies. Windows were installed in areas A and B, and interior painting was completed in area A. The asphalt paving at NE 133rd Street was completed and the storm culvert at NE 130th was replaced. Exterior painting began. Inside work began on casework, ceramic tile and the ceiling grid.


August 2016

In August, the construction team completed roofing and masonry in areas A and B, and finished the gypsum wallboard installation in area A. Interior painting began. Installation of fiber cement board and windows began. Street improvements were started.


June 2016

Completed geothermal underground piping installation. Zone A framing structure and weather resistant barrier is complete. The street improvement permit has been received and the survey/demo work for street improvements began. Roofing and masonry/brick veneer work started.


May 2016

Work was completed on underground electrical and communications conduits, slab-on-grade concrete pour, interior and exterior concrete stem walls, and a teaching wall mock-up for electrical rough-in. Framing, and installation of roof joists and decking continued in zones A and B and began in zone C. Weather-resistant barrier and flashing installation began as did pouring concrete slab-on-wood deck. Work began on overhead ductwork and sprinkler mains, in-wall electrical and plumbing rough-in, and geothermal underground piping


April 2016

In April, the construction crew completed drilling of 80 geothermal wells, poured slab-on-grade, footings and stem walls in portions of areas C and D, installed underground mechanical/electrical/plumbing in portions of areas C and D, and erected steel columns in areas A and B. Structural wall framing began. Wood joists and decking were installed in area A.


March 2016

Completed slab-on-grade concrete pours in areas A and B. Continued to pour footings and stem walls in portions of areas A, B, C and D. Continued to install underground mechanical/electrical/plumbing in portions of area A, B, C and D. Continued drilling geothermal wells (approx. 94% complete). Started area A steel erection.


February 2016

Work continued to drill geothermal wells, which are now approximately 80 percent complete. Full notice to proceed for the rest of phase 2 was issued to Cornerstone. TESC management continues including use of three baker tanks for water treatment. Footings and stem walls have been poured for portions of areas A, B, C and D. The team installed underground electrical and communications conduit and underground plumbing in portions of areas A, B and C.


January 2016

Continued drilling geothermal wells, which are approximately 58 percent complete. On-site TESC management continued. Continued planning, coordination and preparation for building foundations and underground plumbing rough in. Planning and permitting work continues.


December 2015

Continued drilling geothermal wells (approx. 45 percent complete). Seattle Department of Transportation approved the street improvement plan. Additional planning and procurement processes are underway.


November 2015

Continued drilling geothermal wells (approx. 25 percent complete). Constructed block retaining wall. Held bid openings for all phase 2 sub-contractor work.


October 2015

In October, the construction team completed the underground stormwater detention vault and backfill, the underground site sewer and storm systems, and the mass excavation and grading. Drilling began for the geothermal wells. The phase 2 main building permit was received from the Department of Planning and Development.


September 2015

Mass excavation, removal of underground storage tanks and related soil remediation, and the storm water detention vault pour are complete. Permitting and planning continues for phase 2 construction.


August 2015

Hazardous material abatement and demolition are complete. The site clearing and grubbing was completed and temporary erosion sedimentation control (TESC) and tree protection were installed. Mass excavation began. Drilling of dewatering wells at the storm detention vault began. Other permitting and contracting activities continue.


July 2015

Site mobilization began by the general contractor/construction manager. The hazardous materials abatement work was completed. The permit was issued for grading, site improvements and utilities, and the bid package was opened for those services. Overnight security has been engaged to thwart on-site theft. Additional documents continue to be developed.


June 2015

Work began to move teachers and students to their temporary location at Cedar Park. The master use permit was received. Bids for the demolition and abatement phase were opened and determined to be within budget. Fencing has been installed around the site, and pre-construction information has been distributed to the neighbors.


May 2015

The City published the Master Use Permit decision and early work permit applications were submitted. Bid packages for subcontractors on the early work have been prepared.


April 2015

Work this month included: issuance of the SEPA addendum, submission of documentation to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and Seattle School Board approval of the budget increase to cover added direction from the City of Seattle and risk mitigation. Planning continues on moving the school community to the interim site at Cedar Park, where the school will be housed until the new building is complete.


March 2015

The Master Use Permit application is final and has been resubmitted to the city. The SEPA appeal hearing recommendation have been completed and affirmed. The early-work permits strategy has been confirmed with the city. Plans are underway for the move of the school community to Cedar Park while construction is underway on the new school building.


February 2015

The code departures formal recommendations have been made final and issued. The Master Use Permit (MUP) application under third and final review before resubmitting to the city. The SEPA appeal hearing is complete and the construction document phase of design is in progress. The project team has reviewed the phased permit plan with the city. Further soil test pits have been created to assess groundwater infiltration rate and potential contamination.


December 2014

The SEPA threshold determination has been made and published. The city is reviewing Master Use Permit comments, and partial recommendations for code departures were made to the advisory committee.


November 2014

Design review and permitting work continues. The final SEPA Checklist documents were prepared for publication. The Code Departures process commenced with the City of Seattle.


October 2014

Pre-construction work continues. The draft hazardous materials investigation report, with cost estimate, has been released. The development standard departures process by the City continues. Design development cost estimates have been prepared by the architect and the construction management firm. Phasing options are under consideration. The SEPA document has been edited to reflect the revised traffic analysis and response to public comment.


September 2014

Major activity for September:

  • 100% Design Development documents printed.
  • General contractor and construction management teams continued pre-construction work.
  • Hazardous materials investigation draft report issued
  • Site-specific education specifications and the value engineering report approved by Seattle School Board.
  • Master Use Permit application accepted as complete.

  • Development standard departures process by City of Seattle continued.
  • Draft SEPA checklist public comments reviewed.

  • The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction issued the D4 form for the project.
  • 30% street improvement plan (SIP) guidance received from City of Seattle.

August 2014

Design development continues and the hazardous materials investigation is complete. Site-specific Educational Specification went to the full board after review by the Operations Committee. The project team completed the Master Use Permit application process and began the development standard/code departures process. The draft SEPA checklist was issued and public comment collected.


July 2014

The General Contractor/Construction Management firm has been selected and the contract awarded. Work began to determine what types of hazardous materials are on site and need to be removed. Design development, documentation, departures and permitting processes continue.


June 2014

The final recommendation was made regarding the General Contractor/Construction Management firm. Permitting, departures process and internal review of the draft SEPA checklist began.


May 2014

Design, permitting and planning continues. A meeting was held with neighbors to hear comments and concerns about the proposed early design.


April 2014

In April, the project team began the public RFP (request for proposals) process for the General Contractor/Construction Manager firm. Schematic designs have been completed and review is under way on the construction cost estimate for the schematic design. Jurisdictional permitting and consultant review of SEPA checklist data began. Meetings began with teachers and staff, and traffic data has been collected for the traffic analysis.


March 2014

The application to use General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) alternative delivery method was presented to the state’s Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) on March 27. The project review committee unanimously approved the project for GC/CM delivery. New In-Lieu of Modernization and No Racial Imbalance resolutions were introduced to the School Board for approval. The contracts are underway for the exterior envelope consultant and commissioning services.


February 2014

The preferred concept and preliminary site-specific education specifications summary was presented to the BEX Oversight Committee, which recommended pursuing the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) delivery model. SDAT meeting #8 was held and resulted in approval of the preferred concept. Community Conversation #1 was held on February 25.


January 2014

SDAT #5 (Eco–Charrette), #6 (Design Goals/Site Specific Ed Specs) and #7 (Design Charrette) were completed. Schematic Design work commenced (including conceptual design).


December 2013

Two SDAT meetings were held. Meeting #3 included project tours and #4 involved the tour debrief. The land surveyor requested an order and report for title search, which has been done. Potential impacts from the new 2012 International Plumbing Code amendments were identified. Together with other BEX IV construction and design teams, a strategy has been developed to get clarity from local jurisdictions. The project schedule was refined with the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and SEPA process input. The team has been discussing how to track sustainability elements and approaches given the multiple prescribed goals and measurement systems. Preparations we made for the SDAT Eco-Charrette. A community breakfast was held for the Olympic Hills Elementary community.



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