Plans for the new addition/modernization of Steilacoom High School will be presented at a public meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 27. The public meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the High School Library at 54 Sentinel Drive, said Rusty Pritchard, project manager for the district’s school construction projects.
The two-phase project, adding 2,700-sq. ft. of space, will be built at a cost of $14.3 million.
The first phase will expand the school to accommodate 850 students, by adding 26,000-sq. ft. of new construction, consisting of 10 educational classrooms and a new auxiliary gym.
Phase II will focus on renovation of existing space that will include a new roof, ADA and restroom improvements, additional parking, additional science lab /classroom and support services upgrades, a kitchen remodel, new finishes: paint, flooring, ceilings, new fire alarm and fire suppression system, technology and electrical upgrades and window repairs.
Part of the modernization process already has been completed, Pritchard said. That work was done shortly after the 2005 $55.9 million construction bond was approved. Those improvements included installation of new bleachers in the gym and a new running track at the Blair Taylor Field.
The district is eligible and anticipates receiving approximately $5.3 million in state match funding for the project. The project was recently selected as one of six additional General Contractor/Construction Management (GC/CM) alternate delivery contract means by the Washington State School District Project Review Board. This selection method allows the District to select a general contractor, based on qualifications, and assists the District and Design team in the design and price of the project.
At its Jan. 23 school board meeting, the board approved selection of John Korsmo Construction Company as its GC/CM. Korsmo, said school board member Duane Hardesty, attended school in this district.
Note: Steilacoom High School opened in 1980. It is the only high school in the 152-year-old district.