Planning & Construction Updates

November 2016

The architect reviewed completed punch-list items. Punch list items are underway. 


October 2016

Completed all site fencing. Punchlist items were underway. 


September 2016

Landscaping and playground installation were underway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new building on Sept. 1. Students began school in the new building on Sept. 7, 2016. The punchlist was generated and the contractor began addressing those items. Training and introduction to the new building systems was completed. A warranty item list and notification began. 


August 2016

Interior and exterior building contract work was completed and the landscaping work continued. Building inspections were complete and the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was received. Staff training, commissioning and punchlist work continued.  


June 2016

Completed installation of gypsum wallboard and masonry on building A (gym, commons and admin). Painting and acoustical ceiling grid is complete in Building B. Lockers and hall wall panels were installed in Building B and C. The mechanical room equipment has been installed.


May 2016

Permanent power and a new data line were installed. In building A, the roof installation; exterior envelop, masonry and glazing; and the mechanical/electrical/plumbing rough in are all complete. New data line installed at service entrance. The off-site improvements at the intersection of 40th Avenue NE and NE 80th Street has been completed.


April 2016

Several parts of this project were completed in April, including roof installation for building A. For building B, the following were completed: exterior envelope; masonry and glazing; mechanical/electrical/plumbing rough-in; masonry installation and installation of gypsum wallboard. Gypsum wallboard installation began in building A, and painting and acoustical ceiling grid installation began in building B. Asphalt was placed under and around the covered play area, and Thornton Creek Elementary, which remains in the Decatur building, will use it until the end of the school year. Offsite improvements were completed on NE 77th Street and 40th Avenue NE.


March 2016

Poured slab-on-grade for stage and south commons in building A. Completed structural steel erection in east section (gym and childcare) of building A. Began installing roof on building A. Began mechanical, electrical, plumbing rough-in in building A. Continued installing masonry on building B. Began installing gypsum wallboard (GWB) in building B. Completed painting and acoustical ceiling grid in building C. Began installing classroom casework in building C. Began offsite improvements on NE 77 Street.


February 2016

In February, the crews poured slab-on-grade for the north and south commons in building A, and erected structural steel in the west section of building A. At building B, the roof is complete on the main academic wing and mechanical penthouse. Work was completed on mechanical, electrical, plumbing above building B, and the fluid applied air barrier was installed. Gypsum wallboard was installed in building C. Concrete walls were poured and steel erection began for building D.


January 2016

Poured slab-on-grade for the administration area and the main mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) rooms in building A. Began erecting structural steel in building A. Structural steel erection was completed for building B. The slab-on-deck was poured for the mechanical penthouse above building B and the fluid-applied air barrier installation began. Installed storefront exterior doors and windows in building C, and began installing gypsum wallboard (GWB) in the same building. Poured concrete walls and began steel erection for building D.


December 2015

Completed geothermal well drilling. Poured concrete for slab-on-grade for north commons and childcare in building A. Continued erecting structural steel for building B. Poured slab-on-deck for mechanical room above library in building B. Installed steel roof decking for second floor of building B. Completed fluid applied air barrier installation on building. Continued masonry in building C. Continued installing insulation in building C. Continued thru wall flashing in building C. Poured concrete walls and began steel erection for building D.


November 2015

Placed capillary break for slab-on-grade for commons and childcare in building A. Continued erecting structural steel for building B. Poured slab-on-deck for mechanical room above library in building B. Poured slab-on-grade deck for second floor of building B. Began fluid applied air barrier installation on building C. Began masonry in building C. Began installing insulation in building C.


October 2015

Seattle City Light installed electrical service between new and existing buildings. The construction team formed and poured concrete stem walls for building A, placed capillary break and poured concrete slab on grade for the gym in building A, and completed below grade masonry in building A. For building B, structural steel erection began. For building C, work began on interior framing and exterior sheathing, on roof installation, and on heating, ventilation and cooling rough-in. Also in building C, electrical and plumbing rough-in began.


September 2015

Concrete curbs and asphalt paving has been completed for the west parking lot. This month, waterproofing and insulation were applied to the footing and stem wall for building A. Also on building A, below grade masonry was installed, the main sanitary sewer line and underground electrical utilities were installed and the concrete stem walls were formed and poured. The team also poured the concrete slab-on-grade for that building as well as building B. Exterior framing began for building C.


August 2015

In August, the construction team placed gravel capillary break and vapor barrier for building B, which will house grades 2–5. Other work included: pouring footings and foundations for building A (admin, gym and commons), 
beginning steel erection for building C (grades K–1 wing), installing
 new electrical service vaults and conduits, and installing
 conduits for new communication lines. Work continued on the west parking lot. 
Installation of the sanitary sewer from building A to the property line at 40th Ave NE and installation of storm and sanitary sewer connections under 40th Ave NE are complete.


July 2015

In July, the construction team poured concrete footings, foundations and stem walls for the Grade 2-5 wing. Underground plumbing went in for building A, which will house administration, the gym and the commons. The excavation for the foundations for that building are underway. Underground utilities are compete for building C, which will house grades K-1, and the concrete slab is in place. Header piping is complete for phase 1 of the geothermal well field, which will be part of the heating and cooling system for the school. Work began on the west parking lot and the sanitary sewer system. Installation of the storm drainage piping and structures to the north and east sides of the campus is complete.


June 2015

In June, the project team poured concrete footings, foundations and stem walls for building C, installed the main sewer line for building B (grades 2-5) and building C, and began excavation for the footings and foundations for building B. Storm drainage piping began. All 16 of the phase 1 geothermal wells for the ground source heating system were drilled and the header piping installed. Excavation and grading started for the phase 2 work area. The Seattle Department of Transportation approved the street improvement plans (SIP) for the project.


May 2015

The contractor has mobilized and completed site demolition for phase 1. Grading has begun for the parking lot and building pads for the K-5 wings.

The contractor, Forma Construction has mobilized and completed site demolition (removing topsoil, old asphalt and utilities). The contractor is now grading the site and preparing set subgrade and begin construction footings. The contractor is now preparing to begin drilling geothermal wells. Grading, constructing footings and drilling geothermal wells will continue into next month, June 2015.


April 2015

The Seattle School Board approved the construction contract, allowing a construction contract to be executed with Forma Construction. The notice to proceed has been issued and mobilization begun.


March 2015

The hearing examiner decision affirmed the Master Use Permit (MUP) decision and the project team received the MUP from the Department of Planning and Development. The building permit was also received. The construction project bids were opened and work began on the contract with the apparent low bidder.


February 2015

The Master Use Permit (MUP) decision appeal hearing was held on Feb. 27. The permit and construction document work continues. The final childcare space review with Washington Department of Early learning was completed. The construction project has been advertised and is out for bid.


December 2014

The Master Use Permit decision has been appealed. Work is nearly complete on construction documents. Comments have been received from the Department of Transportation regarding the street improvement plans.


November 2014

Document submittal and review continues and the Master Use Permit has been issued for comment.


October 2014

The appeal hearing for DNS/SEPA for new building construction was held and was affirmed by the Hearing Examiner. The construction management team submitted 90% street improvement plans (SIP) documents to Seattle Department of Transportation. The Department of Planning and Development issued the Master Use Permit (MUP) decision for comment.


August 2014

Planning and permitting activities continue. A Board Action Report was submitted to name the new building Thornton Creek School. Portable were relocated and prepared for the start of the school year, when Thornton Creek students return to the Decatur building.


July 2014

The second and third Departure Committee meetings took place and departures for parking, offsite bus loading and building height were approved with conditions. 
The Master Use Permit for moving the portables has been received and construction began for that relocation. The document phase for the project continues. 


June 2014

The first Departure Committee meeting for parking, offsite bus loading and building height was held. The Final SEPA document was published for public review. An appeal was filed related to the Master Use Permit for Portables Relocation. Construction document preparation began.


May 2014

All design/development documents have been reviewed by school district staff. SEPA checklist comments were reviewed and considered for project impact.


April 2014

In April, the project team executed the commissioning consultant contract, and they resubmitted the Master Use Permit application with added building height departures for mechanical penthouse The Draft SEPS checklist for the new building was published and a SEPA public meeting held.


March 2014

SPS is reviewing the 100% of design development (DD) documents. An estimate was received for review. The building envelope consultant contract was executed, and a SEPA Addendum was published for portable relocation.


February 2014

The 100% Design Development (DD) documents were submitted for SPS review. The project team met SPS Teaching & Learning and Special Education about the current design.


January 2014

Site Specific Educational Specifications have been approved by the School Board. The project team: submitted Master Use Permit (MUP) application to DPD; 
completed the draft SEPA checklist and traffic analysis; and submitted 30% Street Improvement Plan (SIP) to the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).


August 2013

The Value Engineering (VE) study workshop was held. Information continues to be posted to the project website. Two Pre-Submittal Conferences have been scheduled with DPD.

The design team completed the Schematic Design. Meetings took place with Seattle City Light (SCL) and Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Safe Routes to Schools. The hazardous materials consultant completed a draft Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. The Arborist completed the site survey assessment report. An RFP was issued to select a Commissioning Consultant. A 350-foot-deep borehole was drilled on the site to test the thermal conductivity of the soils.


July 2013

An RFP was issued to select a value engineering consultant. School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) met for workshops 7 and 8, and concurred on a concept design that will be used to continue schematic design and environmental analysis. A community meeting was held at the school. The schematic design work continues based on the preferred design concept and the design team prepared a concept design estimate. The hazardous materials research and survey continues. Based on a meeting with the district about landmark issues, and currently self-nomination for landmark status of the existing Decatur building.is not required.


June 2013

The environmental (SEPA) and traffic consultant was selected. Baseline traffic was collected during a normal school day. The project team met regularly with the principal and School Design Advisory Team workshops 4, 5, and 6 were held. A community meeting was held on June 27.

 

November 2016

The architect reviewed completed punch-list items. Punch list items are underway.

 

October

Completed all site fencing. Punchlist items were underway.

 

September

Landscaping and playground installation were underway. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the new building on Sept. 1. Students began school in the new building on Sept. 7, 2016. The punchlist was generated and the contractor began addressing those items. Training and introduction to the new building systems was completed. A warranty item list and notification began.

 

August 2016

Interior and exterior building contract work was completed and the landscaping work continued. Building inspections were complete and the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy was received. Staff training, commissioning and punchlist work continued. 


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