Lynden School District
School Construction Update – August 23, 2016
Fisher Elementary School
•Fisher Elementary School is entering its third week of construction. The playground has been moved and we are hopeful the new playground will be approved and ready for the first day of school. The health department needs to inspect and determine it is safe for kids before we can use it.
•The first task at Fisher is to bring in power to the building site and relocate a temporary power supply for the current school buildings. The power poles on the north side of the property will be removed and the utilities will be relocated underground.
•The new building is staked out, meaning the corners have been identified and the footprint located.
•The next step will be to prep the site for the foundation and concrete slab.
•Construction is close to the school in a number of places which will create some distractions for classrooms this year. Hopefully this will be a welcome distraction as everyone will get an upfront view of the school going up.
•While construction gets rolling the interior details of the school are being determined. Floor finishes, carpet, trim, paint colors, and a host of other items are all being considered.
•There are graphics of the new Fisher Elementary School posted in each of our schools. Please take a look when you are out and about. The Lynden School District website also has pictures, diagrams, and other information about the new school. Take a look and let us know what you think.
•The new school will take 12 months to build and the new Fisher Elementary School should be ready for kids by September 2017.
Lynden Middle School
•The LMS project is now out for bid. This means the bid set of design documents are available to contractors who will develop and submit a bid for the project.
•The bid window will be open for 5 weeks and on September 28th all bids will be opened at one time.
•In Washington State a public capital project requires the bid be awarded to the lowest responsible bidder. The School Board will review the bid amounts, including alternate bids, and award the bid at the October 10th School Board Meeting.
•Once the low bidder has been identified it will take approximately 2-4 weeks to work out the construction contract. This means that the MS project will officially start digging around October 12th.
•The MS project is anticipated to take between 16 and 18 months to complete. It is possible students could move into the school during spring break (first week of April) 2018. However, moving into a new school is a huge task and it may be better to move school supplies, equipment, and everything else necessary to operate a school in the spring and summer and begin school with students in September 2018. This decision will be made as we get closer to the completion date.