School Improvement Bond Project Updates
In February 2016, Olympia School District voters overwhelmingly approved a bond measure to address facility and safety improvements districtwide. This Web page has been created to update the community, as well as students, families, and staff, about the progress of the various construction projects. This page will be updated regularly with articles, photos and videos, as well as links at the bottom of the page to related information. Photos and videos featuring bond projects will also be featured on the school district's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media pages.
Progress is visible throughout the school district on the first wave of construction projects approved by voters as part of the February 2016 school improvements bond.
Here is a summary of progress made to date on several major construction projects, as well as work planned this school year:
Classroom Mini-Building Construction
You don’t need to drive far around the district before noticing one of the most visible bond improvements — the addition of a two-story classroom mini-building at five of the district’s 11 elementary schools.
Construction started in February and is nearing completion on the Hansen and Pioneer elementary school mini-buildings. Workers are currently installing roofing, windows, siding, and making the school weather-tight to protect from rain and other elements.
The Hansen and Pioneer classroom additions are expected to be substantially complete by the end of October, said Kurt Cross, director of capital planning and construction.
Work also continues this fall on the Roosevelt, McLane and Centennial elementary school mini-buildings. Roosevelt Elementary School’s addition is slated to be substantially complete by the end of November, McLane Elementary by the end of March, followed by Centennial Elementary at the end of April.
The 10-classroom mini-buildings will provide space needed to comply with state-mandated smaller class sizes, while also reducing reliance on portable classrooms.
Each of the mini-buildings will have eight classrooms, a music room, a commons/general classroom space for multiple uses, small learning areas between classrooms for small-group teaching and learning, a musical instrument storage area, and an administrative office and storage area. Each building will also have a covered walkway connecting it to the main school building at each site, an elevator, two sets of stairs, and restrooms on each floor.
Exterior finishes and colors will be designed to coordinate with the main one-story school buildings on the same campus.
Capital High School Track and Field Improvements
This summer has been a time for celebration for Capital High School and the surrounding community as a new synthetic turf field opened just in time for fall sports practice.
The track and field improvement project is nearing completion, Cross said. Remaining work includes striping the track, hydroseeding areas around the track, and completing installation of gates.
The track is planned to be striped in September, Cross said. The track and field will be able to be used year-round thanks to the installation of recreational low-level field lighting.
Other projects completed at end of the 2016-17 school year and over summer
- Marshall and Washington middle schools: A new roof at Marshall and new coating improvements to the Washington roof.
- Reeves Middle School: Fire alarm system replacement.
- Olympia High School: Refinished wood floors, including new striping, in the main gym and auxiliary gym, and new Light-Emitting Diode (LED) scoreboards (two in the main gym and two in the auxiliary gym). Work continues into September on installing additional wall pads in the main gym and upgrading heating and cooling units in the school.
- Jefferson Middle School: Service yard improvements along Conger Avenue N.W. to support the installation of a commercial trash compactor.
- Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA): Solar panel installation. The school was selected for a State of Washington Department of Commerce 2016 Energy Efficiency Solar Grant award.
What is planned this 2017-18 school year?
- Elementary school remodels: An architect has been hired and design is underway for remodeling the main school buildings at Roosevelt, McLane and Centennial elementary schools. The remodel projects are scheduled to begin construction in June 2018, with an estimated completion date of August 2019. Classes will continue at each of the school sites during the remodels. Design committees, made up of school leaders, as well as other employees and parents at the three schools, are meeting with the architect in the design process this year.
- Capital High School Performing Arts Center, Olympia High School classroom addition, and Avanti High School expansion: Design work will begin this year on three major remodel projects, including construction of a Capital High School Performing Arts Center, as well as improvements to the school’s exterior and heating and cooling system; construction of an Olympia High School 22-classroom addition; and remodel of the Knox Administrative Center to support expansion of Avanti High School. Construction of these three high school projects is estimated to begin in summer 2019.
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Construction is underway on the first two of five elementary school classroom “mini-buildings” approved by voters in the February 2016 school bond election.
Work began in February on the 10-classroom, two-story mini-buildings at Hansen and Pioneer elementary schools. The Centennial and Roosevelt elementary school mini-building projects are scheduled to begin construction in April, followed by McLane Elementary in May.
The two-story mini-buildings will provide space needed to comply with state-mandated smaller class sizes, while also reducing reliance on portable classrooms. Each building will have eight classrooms, a music room, a commons/general classroom space for multiple uses, small learning areas between classrooms for small-group teaching and learning, a musical instrument storage area, and an administrative office and storage area. The detached mini-buildings, which will have a covered walkway connecting each one to the main school building at each site, will be equipped with an elevator and stairs, as well as restrooms on each floor. Exterior finishes and colors will be designed to coordinate with the main one-story school buildings on the same campus.
The Hansen and Pioneer elementary school mini-buildings are scheduled to be completed in September. The other three mini-buildings are planned for completion in December. Classes will continue during mini-building construction at all five sites.
Other school bond projects planned this spring and summer include:
- Installing a new roof at Marshall Middle School.
- Installing a new synthetic turf field, track improvements, and sports field low-level lighting at Capital High School.
- Replacing the fire alarm system at Reeves Middle School.
- Sanding and refinishing the existing wood floor in the main gym and auxiliary gym at Olympia High School. Heating and cooling units, and most of the school roof, will also be replaced this summer.
- Installing a cell phone booster to improve cell phone reception at Boston Harbor Elementary School.
- Upgrading the heating and cooling equipment in both gyms at Jefferson Middle School, and making improvements to the service yard area along Conger Avenue N.W. to support the installation of a commercial trash compactor.
- Installing solar panels at the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA). The school was selected for a State of Washington Department of Commerce 2016 Energy Efficiency Solar Grant award.
Work continues this year on the first wave of construction projects approved by voters as part of the February 2016 school improvements bond measure.
Bond project progress to date includes:
Avanti High School: Students will be able to meet this fall for robotics instruction and use a weight room in the adjacent Knox Administrative Center warehouse, which had fire sprinklers installed this summer. The sprinklers allow for an area of the warehouse building to be used as a classroom learning space.
Capital and Olympia high schools: Work will be completed this week on the resurfacing of all six Olympia High School tennis courts. This week’s resurfacing follows the recent resurfacing of the six tennis courts at Capital High School. New LED lighting has also been installed in the main gym and its upper mezzanines, as well as in the auxiliary gym at Olympia High School.
LP Brown Elementary School: Work began in March and finished in early April to rearrange how a pipe drains out of the school, thus improving the drain flow from the kitchen and adjacent restroom.
Lincoln Elementary School: A new playground and grass playfield, as well as some interior Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, was installed this summer. Thanks to the many parent and community volunteers who installed the new playground equipment and to the City of Olympia for a grant to help purchase the playground equipment.
McKenny Elementary School: Construction started in June and finished earlier this month for a new heating and cooling system (geothermal heat pump). Work also continued this month on a new natural grass playfield and refurbished baseball field.
Transportation department: New fire alarms have been installed this summer at the district’s Transportation department.
In related news, earlier this month the Olympia School District Board of Directors approved the 2017-2022 Capital Facilities Plan. This is a road map that guides the district in its facility-related planning. View the plan
Videos of construction work:
- Tennis Court Resurfacing at Olympia High School
- New sod installed at McKenny Elementary School
- New playfield installation at Lincoln Elementary School