Demolition begins at Issaquah High School

April 16, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 5 p.m. April 16, 2009

Demolition crews from Cornerstone General Contractors Inc. began work at Issaquah High School yesterday. 

Employees were on hand to begin demolition of buildings J and M, which were completely taken down today. Demolition work on the inside of the gym has started, but major work to tear down that building won’t begin until Monday after students and employees hold a ceremony to mark the occasion.

 

Demolition of Issaquah High School began this morning on the south side of the school where weight rooms and auxiliary gyms were. — Photo by Royce Nourigat/Issaquah School District

Demolition of Issaquah High School began this morning on the south side of the school where weight rooms and auxiliary gyms were. — Photo by Royce Nourigat/Issaquah School District

Cornerstone, a Bothell-based contractor, was awarded the contract by school board members March 11. Cornerstone had the lowest bid for the project, $61.5 million, among the nine contractors who submitted applications for the work. The project budget for the school is $84 million.

Crews have been moving onto the site since March 25, surveying the area, prioritizing work and prepping the site with fencing and trailers.

The project is awaiting final construction permits from the city. Work on new buildings won’t begin until then.

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