Timeline for schools, fields construction updated

March 26, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

Several of the Issaquah School District’s construction projects in the next few years are likely to be finished early, while others are set to take longer.

That’s according to the district’s updated timeline for projects funded by the $219 million bond passed by voters last April. A month after the special election, district Director of Capital of Projects Steve Crawford drafted a preliminary project schedule.

Two weeks ago, at the March 13 school board meeting, Crawford presented an updated version of that timeline, in which some completion dates were bumped up between a few months to two years. According to Jake Kuper, the district’s chief financial officer, permitting timelines is what drove most of the time changes.

Most notably, construction at Apollo Elementary School could start as early June and wrap up December 2014. The addition and modernization were originally set to begin in April 2015 and last through the end of 2016.

Three other projects are on tap to start and finish a year early. The soonest of those is Issaquah Valley Elementary School’s year-and-a-half-long addition and modernization, which will start this summer.

Also beginning this summer is the construction of Skyline High School’s new stadium. The project was originally slated to take 14 months to build, but Crawford and Superintendent Steve Rasmussen said they hope to have it open by the end of September.

The new timeline does, however, include some delays. Beaver Lake and Maywood middle schools were supposed to get artificial turf on their athletic fields last summer. Pine Lake and Pacific Cascade were scheduled for the same upgrade this summer. Now, Maywood and Pine Lake are set to get their new fields this summer, and Beaver Lake and Pacific Cascade will have to wait until summer 2014.

A link to district construction news is available on the district’s homepage at www.issaquah.wednet.edu.

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