School construction by the numbers

August 17, 2010

By Staff

Pacific Cascade Middle School

  • Construction: June-August 2010
  • Approximate cost of conversion and construction: $310,000
  • Square footage: 107,557
  • Classrooms: 25 regular rooms and four specialized teaching spaces
  • Science laboratories: six
  • New features: Additional track and field structures, like a long-jump pit, shot put and discus area were added. Former elective classrooms and equipment for them, like the engineering class, were turned into regular classrooms and the equipment was divided between Issaquah and Skyline high schools. All high school textbooks were replaced. Administratively, the school will handle three grades instead of one and there are dozens of new faculty members.

Issaquah High School

  • Construction: April 2009 – fall 2011
  • Estimated budget: $99.7 million
  • Actual budget to date: $68.78 million
  • Starting square footage: 182,759
  • New square footage: 285,000
  • Classrooms: 58 regular rooms and 26 specialized teaching spaces
  • Science laboratories: 12
  • New technologies: rooftop rain gardens to help filter water on the site (which is located near wetlands and Issaquah Creek), wireless Internet, interactive monitor screens, ActivSlates, digital projectors, document cameras and digital security camera system
  • Unique features: multilevel commons forms core of building; three three-story classroom wings with connecting bridges; plenty of large windows allow maximum daylight, link the interior to the natural surroundings and reduce energy use

Skyline High School

  • Construction: July 2008 – August 2010
  • Estimated budget: $44.9 million
  • Actual budget to date: $36.5 million
  • Starting square footage: 199,510
  • New square footage: 266,196
  • Classrooms: 56 regular rooms and 22 specialized teaching spaces
  • Science laboratories: 12
  • New technologies: light shades help catch natural light and push it into classrooms, reducing energy use; wireless Internet; ActivSlates; digital projectors; document cameras; new teaching stations; digital camera security system
  • Unique features: new weight room, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Cascades; wider staircases; bleachers that open fully without extending onto the basketball court; new art classroom with a fully opening industrial door to a courtyard outside

What else is going on?

  • Briarwood Elementary School rebuild: Planning for the remodel will began in spring. Construction for the $25.1 million project is expected to start in 2011.
  • Liberty High School: Schematics for the new building are complete and the architects are working with the school’s design team and theater consultant. The $15.4 million project is expected to start in summer 2011.
  • May Valley Service Center addition: The $667,250 addition, replacing an existing building and a paint-shop exhaust system, is finished.
  • Maywood Middle School: Initial design work for additions/remodels and completion of construction permits is needed. Construction on the $6.5 million project is expected to start in fall and be finished by September 2011.
  • South end of the district: Planning and permitting to extend sewers to Liberty, Maywood and Briarwood is under way. Construction will likely take place in spring.
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