North Middle School updates

  • Oct.12, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 10/12/2017

    Design work on Construction Documents (CD) for the main project continues.


    A Temporary Infrastructure sub-project is nearly ready to bid. It will add ten portable class rooms and an office and enable the school to operate during demolition of building 100 and while the new two-story structure is built.


    The field design his final, and work on the color palette is underway. 


    Comments from the SEPA/SPU process have started to come in. 


    The Value Analysis report is pending board approval and a few other savings items from cross-departmental collaboration have been incorporated.  


    The construction market in the Puget Sound region is extremely busy and is likely to remain so for at least the next two years. About 20 major school construction projects are likely to go out to bid between Olympia and Everett in spring and summer of 2018, including this project.


    The number of construction cranes is considered a good indicator of a local construction market. Last summer Seattle had 58 construction cranes in the sky, more than any other city in the country. Seattle had more cranes in use than New York and San Francisco combined, or twice as many as Chicago, Washington, D.C., or Portland.


    Recently, based on these market conditions, the Robinson Company (a cost estimating consultant) strongly advised the district to immediately add a one-time 18% increase to construction costs to all projects. As a result, the expected cost for this project iexceeds the original budget,. The additional funding necessary for this work will come from anticipated State Construction Assistance Funds.

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  • Aug. 10, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 8/10/2017

    Design work is proceeding on schedule and Design Development (DD) drawings are under review.

    The Design Development estimate included a ‘market adjustment’ for the busy construction market. Even with cost containment efforts, the project costs have increased.

    Staff is reviewing the Value Analysis report and other possibilities for reducing costs and possibly scope. Planning for phasing the project is well underway.

    Work is underway to move the library and then sub-divide the former library space for Special Ed class rooms and counselor space, i to prepare for the future evacuation of Building 100.

    The SEPA/SPU documents are being prepared.

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  • June 8, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 6/8/2017

    Educational specifications were approved and well-received by the school board. Both the board and Educational Specifications Committee spoke highly of the Ed Specs. 


    Design work is on schedule.


    The Value Analysis Report was received on April 21. Planning for the phasing of the project is well underway.

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  • April 14, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 4/11/2017

     The school board reviewed the North MS Modernization Education Specifications.

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  • Jan. 31, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 1/31/2017

    The architect, NAC Architecture, and design team have evaluated the existing site and building conditions.


    The first draft of the Educational Specifications is under review. The design team completed a design charrette and is narrowing options for finalizing the site plan and the shape of the school.

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