Movement east. That’s exactly how construction crews have
planned the work at Fisher Elementary School. With the west end of the school
already framed, the next phase of the project moves workers toward the east,
part of the plan to have the new Fisher built and stocked in time for school in
Framing on the more complicated west end includes the new
gym, offices, cafeteria, stage, kitchen and library on the second floor. The
next phase will move more quickly as the classroom section to the east provides
for a more streamlined construction process.
And while crews continue to move forward on building the
school—the community can watch the progress of the Fisher project via a live
webcam on site—decisions remain ongoing to plan for furniture, fixtures,
technology, phone and security systems and plenty more.
“Some decisions are ongoing and some are more solid than
others,” says Jim Frey, superintendent. “We are getting close on most of those
The often-icy Lynden winter has slowed work at Fisher,
moving the project behind schedule slightly. “We will find ways to make it up
somewhere along the way,” Frey says. “We can find some ways to accelerate construction
in the spring when the weather is good.”
Along with the construction of the new building comes the
transition of moving from the old to the new and demolishing the old, likely
sometime in late June or early July. “It is not as easy as moving the kids out
of there,” Frey says. “We have a pretty big move to get materials, supplies and
equipment out, stored and into the new school. The timing will be critical in a
short period of time.”
Once everything gets moved, demolition can happen to make way for the new parking and
transportation flow at Fisher.
Lynden Middle School
Work continues below ground at Lynden Middle School, but
changes above ground will become noticeable in February.
While crews continue to place underground utilities,
plumbing and electrical, the next big phase will come in February when the slab
and foundation get poured.
The Bond’s Good News
The district received good news when the bid for the new
middle school project came in under budget, a “big surprise” given all
indications around the construction industry that projected an increase in
construction project cost.
The additional resources allow the district to address other
capital projects otherwise not possible without the additional funding. Expect
priorities to focus on building additional classrooms into both the Fisher and
LMS projects to address any future enrollment needs, updates to safety and
security measures at all schools (alarm systems, access controls, fire panels,
etc.) and some much-needed maintenance at all schools that could include HVAC
systems, parking lots, floor surfaces and phone systems.