By Nancy Covert
Steilacoom — Construction of the new middle school for Steilacoom Historical School District No. 1 is scheduled to begin in February 2007.
The District’s Board of Directors accepted the bid and awarded the construction contract to Babbit Neuman Construction Company of Steilacoom at the board’s Jan. 10 special meeting. Construction is scheduled to begin on the 106,500 square foot, two-story structure in February 2007. Scheduled to open in the Fall of 2008, the new school is designed to house 850 students in 6th through 8th grades.
Babbit Newman’s contract will be for $23,868,000 dollars. The estimate for the project was $25,318,949 dollars. The new Pioneer Middle School project is one of several OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s) projects which received a $350,000 grant from Washington State to incorporate sustainable material and design features into the project.
“We’re pleased with the selection of this local company and eager to see the building go up,” said Al Lawrence, school board chairman.
Babbit Neuman has recent and relevant K-12 school construction projects, and their website www.babbitneuman.com/has numerous examples of recent school projects.
Steilacoom Historical School District voters approved a $55.9 million capital facilities bond in May 2005. The bond program included completion phase II of Chloe Clark Elementary School, construction of a new multi-purpose facility for Anderson Island Elementary School, a new addition and modernization of Steilacoom High School, and construction of a new middle school.
District voters will be able to follow the new middle school’s construction progress on the District webpage, www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us once construction begins.