Spruce Elementary Phased Construction

Spruce Elementary Phased Construction
Posted on 07/06/2017
Spruce Elementary rendering by Bassetti Architects

Dear Spruce Elementary Families and Staff – Estimadas familias y personal de la primaria Spruce - Các gia đình và nhân viên Trường Tiểu Học Spruce thân mến친애하는 스프르스 초등학교 가족들과 직원들에게

أعزائي مدرسون وعائلات طلاب مدرسة سبروس الإبتدائية (Spruce Elementary School )

 

As you are well aware, plans for replacement of your school are underway. As summer break begins, I first want to thank those who have offered ideas, insights and participated in meetings throughout this past school year. The purpose of this letter is to update you on the planning process and some necessary changes to the timeline, including a phased construction.

In January 2017 the Edmonds School District Board of Directors approved that the Spruce project be moved from a planned modernization to a full replacement. This occurred in part because the modernization would not have addressed the capacity needs, safety, traffic issues and inadequacies of the current facility. A full replacement of Spruce is the best value to taxpayer dollars to achieve a functional and educationally appropriate school.

Since January the District’s Capital Projects Office has overseen the master planning and design of a total replacement for Spruce Elementary.  Spruce staff and volunteer parents participated in a rigorous design process to assess the specific needs of the Spruce community. The new full replacement facility will be approximately 81,000 square feet with a two-story main classroom building and a one-story Gymnasium and Commons.

 

What has changed since the decision was made in October 2016 to rebuild vs. a modernization is the current funding situation. Originally, we planned to use a combination of bond proceeds, property revenue and State Construction Assistance to complete the full replacement. The property revenue component is not yet available, the extraordinary construction market conditions have increased costs to build and State funding requires demolishing the existing facilities.

 

Delaying construction was not something the School Board wanted to see happen. Relieving the overcrowding and lack of appropriate facilities at Spruce is a high priority. For that reason, we have developed a phased approach to the project, which will be funded from the original bond proceeds.

 

District and Spruce administrators have reviewed the phased approach and believe that, though challenging, the addition of the phase 1 south wing offers considerable educational program benefits. Spruce would remain on-site during construction of Phase 1, which is scheduled for completion in September 2019.  It is hoped that the entire replacement would be complete no later than September 2021.

 

Phase 1 - Complete in Fall 2019

-        New south wing of the replacement facility:

·        New gym/commons/stage

·        New music room

·        New kitchen

·        New Learning Support offices / small group rooms

·        New Community Room & Community Liaison office

-     New heating, ventilation, mechanical, and electrical infrastructure for the entire replacement campus (phase 1 & 2)

-        Additional parking

-        Frontage improvements

-        New stormwater management facilities & sanitary sewer

 

Phase 2 - Timeline To Be Determined / Students and Staff will be moved to an alternative site for this phase

-        New north wing of the replacement facility:

·        2 story main classroom building

·        Integrated Learning Support and small group rooms

·        New Library

-        New playground and equipment

-        Separate bus and auto routes

-        Additional parking

-        Site improvements of existing grass play field, emergency vehicle access, neighborhood pedestrian connections and new stormwater management facilities.

Three additional relocatable classrooms are being installed this summer, to provide temporary relief of overcrowding.

 

Edmonds School District Board of Directors and Capital Projects staff are committed to delivering the best possible facility through voter-approved construction bond funds and property revenue. We are excited to share this information with you and believe that Phase 1 and the final full replacement will be a great asset to the Spruce community.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

Sincerely,

 

Matt Finch | Design and Construction Manager

 

425.431.7167 wk

206.818.7014 cell

finchm@edmonds.wednet.edu

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