Prongs of iron rebar have sprouted like mushrooms at Steilacoom Historical School District’s new $23.6 million dollar middle school site at Northwest Landing.
The rebar is a visual sign that the building’s concrete footings, foundations and stem walls are being installed. Soon, the concrete slabs will be placed.
Work at the 20-acre site in Northwest Landing (just off Center Drive) began this past February. To date, Babbit-Neuman Construction Company of Steilacoom has cleared the site, installed underground utilities for natural gas, electricity and sewer.
Construction work on Pioneer Middle School, the newest school in the 150+ year old school district, is “ahead of schedule,” according to school construction project manager Rusty Pritchard.
Pritchard of KJM & Associates, reported about progress on the project at the district’s school board meeting on April 25th. He said that the District’s soils’ mitigation plan was going very well.
In coordination with the District’s environmental consultant and the Department of Ecology, the approved approach to mix the soil from all the ball field areas resulted in lower concentration levels of arsenic below clean up levels. Department of Ecology approved the approach to amend or mix the soil and thus resulted in eliminating the need to provide a soil cap on the ball field locations.
Pritchard also said that with “no need to provide a soil cap there would be no long term management plan associated at the ball fields.”
He added that “soil mitigation at the protected Savannah Oak areas would still be used as well as a long-term management plan.”
Pritchard told the school board that occupancy prior to the start of school year 2007-2008 is “on track.” The 106,000 square foot building is slightly ahead of schedule.
When the new middle school is finished, it will include 18 general classrooms, six science classrooms, three project team areas, a project team lab, a stage/drama classroom, music/band and art rooms, a food lab, two technology/computer labs and more.
When construction is far enough along, scheduled small group tours will publicized and tour dates of the new facility will be announced.