By Nancy Covert
Middle School students in the oldest school district in Pierce County aren’t the only ones who are eager to step inside their new school this year.
Although Steilacoom Historical School District’s new middle school at DuPont/Northwest Landing doesn’t officially open until the end of August, a “sneak preview” of the new building is being planned. According to John Boatman, Project Manager for the new building “Construction is “on schedule.” As construction workers continue with interior finishing work, Boatman said crews also have been readying “model” classrooms in the 8th grade “wing” of the 106,000-sq. ft. structure.
Those interested in touring the state-of-the-art facility, are encouraged to make reservations for the preview tours. Tours will be offered every other Thursday, beginning at 5 p.m. on April 17.
“Parking for the tours should be along Wren Road. Access to the site will be available from the east side of the street. Personal vehicles will not be allowed on the site. Since the site is not publicly open and does not have current ADA access, persons with disabilities are asked to wait until the official school opening,” Boatman said.
For safety purposes, groups will be limited to 10 persons per tour, Boatman emphasized.
All visitors will be issued a hard hat and will be required to sign a Release Form, absolving the contractor, BNCC Construction of Steilacoom, of any liability.
Preview tours of the renovation/remodel at Steilacoom High School also will be available later this spring. The 21-year-old, 99,000 sq. ft. facility is being modernized and expanded with an additional 33,000 sq. feet of new classrooms and auxiliary gym. John Korsmo Construction is the general contractor for that project.
All tour group members at either site are required to wear long pants and sturdy, closed toe shoes. Groups also will be limited to persons over the age of 18. Minors over the age of 10 are required to be accompanied with a parent or guardian. Tobacco products will not be allowed on the site.
Please phone 582-0253 to reserve your space for SHSD school tours of the new middle school at DuPont.
To view the most recent photos of progress on these two sites, please visit www.steilacoom.k12.wa.us and access the school construction site link.