North Middle School updates

  • Apr. 10, 2018

    Posted by Communications on 4/10/2018

    The OSPI D-8 form was received allowing us to open bids and the district received two competitive bids, which are being evaluated.  The low bidder is Spee West Construction with a $35,850,000 with an alternate for synthetic sports field upgrade bid of $3,400,000 and an alternate for music area modernization of $675,000.  These are under the architects estimate.  Board action on these results is scheduled for the May 8 meeting.

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  • Mar. 1, 2018

    Posted by Communications on 3/1/2018

    The D-7 form is in final review prior to being submitted.  The Construction Documents (CD) are 98% complete and nearing the end of internal review.  The call for bids is submitted for approval at the 3/6/18 board meeting with the intent to advertise for bids on March 9.

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  • Feb. 12, 2018

    Posted by Communications on 2/12/2018

    North's modernization is on schedule for construction to begin at the end of the 2017-18 school year. The district will call for bids in spring 2018. The district applied for, and the city of Everett issued a special use permit in plenty of time for the work to proceed. 

    So construction can continue during the 2018-19 school year, the district has ordered 10 portable classrooms. These will be placed on site at North in spring 2018 to be used as school facilities while portions of the school are under construction. 

    The state-required Value Engineering study is complete; the Constructability Review is underway as described in the entry below. 

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  • Jan. 4, 2018

    Posted by Communications on 1/4/2018

    The board approved a "constructability review for North Middle School. To be eligible for state match funds, districts must perform such a review. The review involves construction professionals from outside the district looking at all construction documents for potential conflicts, errors, ambiguities, omissions, or discrepancies, and conflicts in design documents, which, if not corrected, could generate higher bid amounts, increased change orders, or delay a project.

    This review process puts the district one step closer to the much anticipated modernization of North Middle School, thanks to voter approval of the 2016 Capital Bond.

     

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  • Dec. 01, 2017

    Posted by Communications on 12/1/2017

    The Puget Sound construction market is extremely busy and is likely to remain so for at least the next two years. This high demand drives up costs.

     

    In summer 2017 The Robinson Company, a construction cost firm, advised its school district clients, including Everett Public Schools, to add 18.5 percent to the cost of current and future school construction projects to reflect the full cost of building schools. The company’s advice to add this recent inflation factor to school costs is in addition to this region’s annual construction inflation of four to five percent.

     

    Between Olympia and Everett, about 20 major school construction projects are scheduled to go out to bid in the spring and summer of 2018, making this a contractor’s market in which bids for projects will likely be higher than in the past.

     

    Industry experts use the number of construction cranes as an indicator of a region’s construction industry strength. In summer 2017, Seattle had 58 construction cranes in the air – 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.

     

    As a result of the hot construction market and resulting cost increases, the estimated project cost for North Middle School’s modernization exceeds the original budget. The additional costs for North’s modernization will come from what the district estimates will be available from State Construction Assistance Funds.

     

    North’s design work on Construction Documents continues. Bids on the Temporary Infrastructure project came in over budget and were rejected by the school board. That work will be rolled into the main project.

     

    Field design work is complete; work on the color palette is underway. The board approved the Value Analysis report. District departments have worked together to reduce some of the project costs.

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  • 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 approvall; district departments have worked together to incorporate cross-departmental savings which have been incorporated into project details.

     

    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, making this a contractor's market with higher project bids likely.

     

    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 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, to prepare for evacuating Building 100.

     

    The SEPA/SPU documents are being prepared.

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  • Jun. 08, 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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  • Apr. 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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