Issaquah schools move forward with bond sale

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved the sale of voter-approved bonds from April 2012 during its May 28 meeting.

Voters approved a $219.1 million bond two years ago, and the board has previously approved two bond sales toward construction and upgrades at various district schools. The third bond sale installment is worth $55 million, and the board elected to approve the sale now because of what were deemed historically low interest rates.

Issaquah school board approves changes to Liberty modernization plan

June 3, 2014

The Issaquah School Board approved a pair of change order requests regarding Liberty High School’s modernization project at its May 28 meeting.

The first change added more than $116,000 to a contract with Babbit Neuman Construction Co. More than 20 changes were needed to comply with various project specifications and building codes, including some railings, ductwork, fire extinguishers and sprinklers.

The second change added nearly $9,000 to a contract with construction firm Kassel & Associates. Four minor upgrades were approved, including the addition of fire-retardant plywood on a wall assembly, and vent piping for a sink.

The additional money being spent is within the budgets of both projects.

Apollo, Issaquah Valley budgets revised

May 27, 2014

The ongoing construction projects at Apollo and Issaquah Valley elementary schools had details revised for a third time at the Issaquah School Board’s May 14 meeting.

A revised contract of $10,318,949 was approved at the meeting, an increase of $141,622 from the previous amount. Babbit Neuman Construction Co. is the contractor on the two schools.

The revisions include changing storage rooms into small instructional spaces, sound-system changes in multipurpose classrooms, and the addition of call buttons in classrooms and activity spaces at both schools.

The revised contract total is within the board’s original budget.

Rebuilding the rubric

August 20, 2013

Major projects are designed to upgrade school district facilities

 

By Greg Farrar Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

By Greg Farrar
Construction workers continue to demolish the old and create the new at Liberty High School, with a new commons, auxiliary gym and science lab ready for students, but many classes are being held in portable classrooms this school year.

Voters in the Issaquah School District are starting to see the results of a $219 million bond measure they approved more than a year ago.

Work is well under way at most of the district’s 24 schools on a variety of projects, some to increase student capacity and some to improve aging infrastructure.

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