School’s out, construction’s on

olympia: School district begins nearly 30 projects with help from $97.8 million voter-approved bond

lpemberton@theolympian.comJuly 10, 2012 

Crews are tackling nearly 30 construction projects this summer in the Olympia School District.

Most are part of the “small works” projects outlined in the $97.8 million bond measure voters approved in February, while others are being paid for with capital maintenance funds, said district spokesman Ryan Betz.

Also this summer, architectural firms are designing a $28 million facility to house Olympia Regional Learning Academy and a $20 million renovation of Garfield Elementary School. Construction on both of those schools will begin in the summer of 2013.

Meantime, plans for a $33 million middle school on the campus of Centennial Elementary have been put on hold, Betz said.

“We’re waiting to see what enrollment numbers look like in the fall,” he said. “When we created the master plan for the district, enrollment in the southeast corner was on the rise. … Over the last year or year and a half it’s been pretty flat.”

One of the largest “small works” projects is a $4.4 million expansion and renovation at Jefferson Middle School. The work includes interior and exterior painting, improvements in the drainage system, new flooring throughout the building and improvements to the HVAC system.

“Crews are also converting two former home economics classrooms and one regular classroom into three new science labs for the new Jefferson Advanced Math and Science (JAMS) program,” Betz said.

Here are other projects on the district’s summer punch list:

 • Capital High School: Construction of a new bus loop and a covered storage area for the Career & Technical Education program for supplies and equipment, replacement of an electrical transformer, installation of an emergency generator, and security fencing along the eastern property line. Inside the building, crews are remodeling older restrooms and replacing backboard safety straps in the gym.

 • Hansen Elementary School: Crews are re-roofing and painting the entire school.

 • Lincoln Elementary School: Improvements to the HVAC system, repairs to the siding and exterior painting.

 • Madison Elementary School: Replacement of the school’s restroom and gym flooring.

 • Marshall Middle School: Crews are replacing all vinyl flooring.

 • McKenny Elementary School: Crews are re-roofing and painting the entire school.

 • McLane Elementary School: The school’s wood siding is being repainted.

 • Olympia High School: Safety sensors in the Performing Arts Center lecture halls are being replaced, and older portable classrooms are being painted.

 • Roosevelt Elementary School: Crews are re-roofing the entire school, and replacing its fire alarm system.

 • Washington Middle School: The school’s presentation area adjacent to the library is being enclosed.

lpemberton@theolympian.com 360-754-5433 www.theolympian.com/edblog @Lisa_Pemberton

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