Construction Projects

Construction Projects: 2012 bond

Seventy percent of voters in April 2012 approved a $219,121,500 construction bond to ensure that the Issaquah School District will have safe, modern, and adequate building and classroom space for students and staff well into the future.

The School Board reviewed a preliminary schedule of projects and timeline for school construction and other district upgrades in early May 2012. Phase 2 of Liberty High School has bid and construction will begin in July 2012. Programming and design for the IMS, Clark, and Tiger Mountain projects has begun and will continue through the summer of 2012. Programming and design for the IVE and Apollo projects has also begun. The reconstruction of Sunny Hills Elementary is scheduled for completion at the end of 2018. Critical repairs covered by the 2012 bond may extend through the end of 2019.

Alternative contracting method a possibility

The district is considering using an alternative contracting method for the complex projects of relocating Issaquah Middle School, Clark Elementary School, and Tiger Mountain Community High School—The General Contractor Construction Management (GCCM) method. Different from a traditional bidding process, a general contracting firm would be brought into the process very early on in the design phase of the multi-phase project. The district would benefit far earlier from the contractor's expertise in design, materials, and efficiencies which can translate to cost savings. Other benefits of the GCCM approach include fewer potential construction conflicts and delays when one general contracting firm manages and can more smoothly synchronize all phases of a project. Subcontract work is still competitively bid to assure costs are competitive and work is available to a large pool of contractors. GCCM is a rigorous, competitive, and transparent process and well accepted in Washington state for school contruction projects. If the district chooses GCCM, the state Capital Projects Advisory Review Board has to review and approve the district's proposals.

Bonds 101

Washington school districts receive money from the state and federal government according to a per-student formula to pay for daily operations: salaries, textbooks, utilities, student programs, and all classroom-associated expenses. Local taxpayers can expand on this basic allotment for operations by approving Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levies. School districts, however, may qualify to receive approximately 10-15% of the cost for new construction from the state and districts receive no federal money to build schools or facilities. To do so, districts rely on voter approval of construction bonds, and the bond money must be used only for construction purposes. Therefore, the Issaquah School District could never choose to offset any of the shortfalls in state education funding by shifting bond dollars to the operations budget. When voters pass construction bonds, they approve a total amount ($219 million in 2012), and not a bond rate. That means when property values increase, the District does NOT collect more money—the tax rate would go down.

2012 Bond Projects
Overall draft 2012 bond project timeline (updated January 2014)

Underway (Design and/or Bid Phases have begun)

Substantially Complete/Final

  • Liberty High School Phase 2: Commons, Auxiliary Gym, Admin/Counseling, Kitchen.
  • Apollo Elementary Addition/Modernization ($6,575,000)
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary Modernization ($6,575,000)
  • Maywood Middle School Phase 2: Interior finishes, HVAC ($3,841,000)
  • Maywood Middle and Pine Lake Middle School Turf Fields ($2,600,000)
    • Pine Lake: January, 2014: Pine Lake's field is complete other than minor punch list items. The contractor is in the process of completing the remaining changes and/or corrections. New padlocks have been ordered for both sites allowing access by school and district staff with a separate key for rental groups.
    • Maywood: January, 2014: Maywood's field is complete other than minor punch list items. The contractor is in the process of completing the remaining changes and/or corrections. New padlocks have been ordered for both sites allowing access by school and district staff with a separate key for rental groups.
    • Pine Lake Middle: August, 2013: Pine Lake’s football field is stripped of sod and they are nearly complete grading the track and field to subgrade. Concrete curbs are to start this week.
    • Maywood: August, 2013: Maywood’s softball field has been subgraded, sprinklers, installed, base sand, infield mix and root medium sand has been installed and leveled. Sod will be placed this week. Maywood’s football field is stripped of sod and they are nearly complete grading the track and field to subgrade. Concrete curbs are to start this week. While Maywood’s softball field is on schedule the football fields and track at both schools are approximately three weeks behind schedule. The contractor has been notified the schedule will not be extended because they are having trouble getting manpower or truckers to haul off the spoils. They fought for the projects and they know we are serious about bringing the project back on schedule. They have guaranteed they will work the extra hours and reinforce their equipment and manpower to complete the project. Extra equipment and manpower has started showing up this week. We will continue to monitor the contractor’s schedule.

In Planning

  • Issaquah High School Stadium Improvements ($1,925.000)

Ongoing critical repairs

(Multiple-component projects are completed in separate parts and often combined with similar work at other buildings for efficiency)
  • Apollo Elementary —Install underdrains and convert grass field to elementary standard sand field ($400,000); Replace corridor carpet with rubber flooring ($160,000); Replace classroom and office area carpeting ($135,000)
  • Beaver Lake Middle School—Construct vestibule at main entrance/admin ($125,000); Upgrade clock system in classrooms and for PE ($75,000); Replace Commons floor with rubber flooring ($75,000); Replace vinyl wallcovering in stairwells ($10,000); Add covered play area ($350,000); Replace vinyl wallcovering and wainscott in corridors; add tackable surface ($165,000)
  • Challenger Elementary—Replace fire alarm panel ($150,000); Upgrade clock/intercom system ($110,000); Upgrade security system ($85,000); Replace carpet in hallways and vinyl in Commons with rubber flooring ($110,000). Current: Phase II, Library reconstruction completed and Librarian has moved in. Phase III, Atrium underway and will be completed for the start of school. November 2012 update: Project substantially complete and staff has moved in. Signage installation and punch list work nearing completion. February 2013 update: Project complete.
  • Cougar Ridge Elementary—Replace boiler ($375,000); Replace corridor carpet and Commons flooring with rubber flooring ($160,000); Replace classroom and office carpet ($135,000)
  • Discovery Elementary— Replace skylights ($148,000); Replace corridor carpet and Commons flooring with rubber flooring ($160,000); Replace classroom and office carpet ($135,000)
  • District Administration— Replace exterior single glazed windows ($265,000); Remodel office area as needed ($175,000)
  • Endeavour Elementary— Replace roofing and skylights ($525,000); Reconfigure admin to allow observation of entrance ($35,000); Replace corridor and Commons floor with rubber flooring ($160,000); Replace classroom and office area carpet ($110,000)
  • Grand Ridge Elementary— Add rain screen at covered play area to block wind and rain ($15,000)
    • August, 2013
      • Repipe of chiller supply and return lines is scheduled to be completed this week.
      • South wall of Hard Play Shed has been extended to protect student from wind and driving rain.
      • Library East entry door panels will be installed by 8-16-2013.
  • Issaquah Valley Elementary—Replace roofing ($1,525,000); Replace exterior single glazed windows ($285,000); Replace corridor carpet with rubber flooring ($160,000)
  • Maple Hills Elementary—Replace/restore roofing ($580,000); Remodel office to provide view of entrance ($35,000); Replace corridor carpet with rubber flooring ($160,000); Replace classroom and office area carpet ($110,000)
  • Newcastle Elementary—Install drip pans under HVAC unit and pipe to drains (--); Raise freezer and cooler condensing units 18" above concrete (--)
  • Pacific Cascade Middle School—Add rain screen at covered play area to block wind and rain ($15,000)
  • Pine Lake Middle School—Refinish toilet room ($65,000); Repair/refinish central courtyard concrete bench, terrace sloped area and install landscaping ($75,000); Install fume hoods at 8th grade science labs (2) ($115,000); Replace carpet with corridors and vinyl in Cafeteria and Commons with rubber flooring ($185,000); Convert darkroom to use as video lab ($95,000); Replace vinyl wallcovering and wainscott in corridors and classrooms ($235,000)
  • Skyline High School—Repair/replace areas of original roofing ($135,000); Upgrade HVAC controls at original building ($115,000); Add occupancy sensors at original building areas to reduce energy consumption ($55,000)
  • Sunset Elementary School—Overlay main parking lot ($85,000); Upgrade stage lighting, sound system, relocate projection screen and add projector ($55,000)
  • Title 9—Convert infield at IHS & LHS girls softball game field to artificial turf ($800,000)

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