• Join Us for a Bond Meeting Update

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 12/14/2018 4:30:00 PM

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    Thomas Jefferson High, Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School are entering the design phase of the construction process. You're invited to check out the design concepts of the new schools at these upcoming update meetings:

    Thomas Jefferson High School project

    January 14, 2019, from 6 - 8 p.m.

    Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School projects

    January 16, 2019, from 6–8 p.m. at Totem Middle School 

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  • Federal Way Public Schools Announces General Contractors/Construction Management Firms for Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 10/24/2018 4:10:00 PM

    At the school board meeting on October 23, 2018, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) announced that BN Builders, Inc. had been approved as the general contractor/construction management (GC/CM) firm for the Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School construction project.

    Eight school construction projects, as well as renovation of Memorial Stadium and various smaller projects throughout the district were approved by voters in the November 2017 election. Six of these school construction projects are currently in the planning and design phases of construction.

    From their office in Seattle, BN Builders has been managing the construction and renovation of major facilities across a wide range of projects, with K-12 and Higher Education making up a significant number projects over the past 18 years.  

    The construction of the new Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School is being treated as one construction project, with a single GC/CM, as the two schools are located on the same piece of property. This approach also allows the district to utilize taxpayer dollars more efficiently and explore more options for situating the schools on the site. Planning and design of these two schools will continue through 2019 with major construction activities scheduled to begin in early 2020.

    For more information about school construction projects in Federal Way Public Schools, please visit www.fwps.org/bond or call 253-945-2000.

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  • Join us for a Bond Update Meeting

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 10/8/2018 5:00:00 PM

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    Star Lake Elementary School, Totem Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School are now in the design phase of the new buildings. Check out the initial design concepts of the new schools at the following bond meetings:

     

    Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School projects

    October 24, 2018, from 6–8 p.m. at Totem Middle School 

    Thomas Jefferson High School project

    October 25, 2018, from 6–8 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School

     

    Join us at these Bond Update Meetings and share your thoughts!

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  • SEPA Documents Available for Mirror Lake, Lake Grove, and Wildwood Elementary Schools

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 10/1/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Public Comment Period Open through Oct. 23

    Federal Way Public Schools is improving school facilities throughout the district, thanks to voter approval of the phase two bond in November 2017. Mirror Lake, Lake Grove, and Wildwood Elementary Schools are three of the eight schools to be rebuilt as part of this bond, and our team is currently working hard to design these new schools.

    The next step in the process for these schools is to complete an environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The documents can be found at fwps.org/SEPA and provide an invitation to participate in this process by reviewing project materials and providing comments on the proposal. The documents will be available beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and comments must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2018.

    After the comment period, all comments will be reviewed, then a formal environmental determination for the project will be issued and made available.

    For more information and/or to submit comments, please contact the Support Services Center at 253-945-5930.

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  • Join us for a Bond Update Meeting

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 9/13/2018 9:30:00 AM

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    Thomas Jefferson High School

    Check out the initial design concepts of the new Thomas Jefferson High School on September 26, 2018, from 6–8 p.m.

    Join us at this Bond Update Meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School and share your thoughts!

    Totem Middle School and Star Lake Elementary

    Your next opportunity to engage with the Star Lake and Totem Middle School projects is coming up soon. Join us for a Bond Update Meeting on October 24, from 6–8 p.m. in the Totem Middle School Cafeteria.

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  • Federal Way Public Schools Continues Progress on Construction Projects

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 9/7/2018

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    The district works with potential builders to gauge interest and qualifications for the Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School building projects.                                                                                                        

    Federal Way Public Schools is in the process of hiring the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) for the Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School construction projects.  

    The selection process follows guidelines established by the state’s Alternative Public Works Contracting Procedures, as well as the District’s own Capital Project Guiding Principles, advancing the District’s strategic goals and providing equitable opportunities for potential bidders. 

    On August 14, 2018, prospective bidders toured the current facilities and reviewed broad design and planning options with District capital projects leaders. Three firms subsequently submitted their qualifications for the project by the August 24th deadline.  

    The submitting firms’ qualifications are being reviewed, and firms determined to be qualified will be invited to participate in interviews and submit fee proposal for design services and general construction management services in September. In October, a recommendation will be made to the district superintendent. The selected firm will then be brought to the school board for approval.  

    “We appreciate the information we are receiving from firms on these projects and are committed to an open and inviting process for all interested parties,” said Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell. She added, “Our goal is to honor our scholars, our staff, our communities, and our taxpayers with high value and high quality construction projects.” 

    Planning and design for the two schools is scheduled to continue through 2019 with construction slated to begin in the spring of 2020.   

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  • Federal Way Public Schools Engages Community in Environmental Review of Planned Construction Projects

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 8/10/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Lake Grove Drilling After success in the November 2017 bond election, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) is having a busy summer planning and designing a number of school construction projects. Six projects are in active planning and/or design phases including Lake Grove Elementary, Mirror Lake Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, Thomas Jefferson High School, Star Lake Elementary, and Totem Middle School.  

    An important part of the planning and design phases of the projects is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process that identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with each project. The SEPA review process is helping the district and its community stakeholders understand how the projects will affect the environment. The SEPA process requires that environmental impacts, alternatives and mitigation be considered prior to committing to a particular course of action. The District is engaging the community and encouraging public involvement in these decisions.

    For the past few months, the district has been determining the project components and gathering data regarding issues of environmental concern such as traffic, hazardous materials, storm water runoff, and soil conditions. After gathering the necessary information, the district will prepare a SEPA checklist for each project which asks questions about any areas of concern, then widely circulate the checklists for public comment. The comments will then be reviewed and responses incorporated into a final document recommending what mitigation strategies are needed, if any, or if more study is warranted. The public will then be invited again to review, comment, or challenge the findings. 

     The school district anticipates completing the draft checklists for each project in the fall, followed by release for public comment. Once the entire process is complete, the SEPA document will be used by regulatory agencies and building officials to issue permits. Any potential mitigation actions can be incorporated into the building permit so the project design addresses any environmental concerns found in the SEPA process.

    For more information about school construction projects in Federal Way Public schools, please log onto www.fwps.org/bond or call 253-945-2000.

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  • Check out the initial design concepts of the new Thomas Jefferson High School on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 6–7 p.m.

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 7/31/2018

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    Join us at this Bond Update Meeting at Thomas Jefferson High School and share your thoughts!

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  • Federal Way Public Schools approves construction firms with extensive school project experience

    Posted by Ashley Ranan on 7/30/2018

    At the school board meeting on July 24, 2018, Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) announced that FORMA Construction has been approved as the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) firm for the Mirror Lake, Lake Grove, and Wildwood Elementary School projects. In addition, Cornerstone General Contractors was approved in the same role for the Thomas Jefferson High School construction project.

    Eight school construction projects were approved by voters in the November 2017 bond election. Six of these school construction projects are currently in the planning and design phases.

    FORMA Construction has offices in Seattle and Olympia and has been managing the construction and renovation of major facilities and special projects throughout the Pacific Northwest for thirty years. They have led numerous successful school construction projects across the region.

    Headquartered in Bothell, Cornerstone General Contractors was founded in 2003 with the goal of providing exceptional pre-construction and construction services. The company has extensive experience in regional school construction projects.

    “We are excited to be working with these construction firms with extensive school construction project experience, and look forward to building long lasting facilities that will serve our scholars, staff, families, and community for generations,” said Dr. Tammy Campbell, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent.

    The Mirror Lake Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, and Thomas Jefferson High School construction projects are entering the design stage. The construction phase of the three elementary schools is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019, and construction of the new Thomas Jefferson High School is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020. 

    Federal Way Public Schools accelerated its capital projects timeline due to unprecedented escalation costs in the region as a result of a large number of construction projects and the corresponding high demand for skilled labor.

    Building new buildings sooner will lock in lower costs for labor and materials, saving taxpayers millions of dollars and ensuring all projects are completed as promised. This will bring modern school buildings to scholars sooner, while reducing costs and maintaining the district’s tax rate commitment to the community. 

    For more information about school construction projects in Federal Way Public Schools, please visit www.fwps.org/bond, or call 253-945-2000.

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  • Join Us for a Bond Meeting Update

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 7/29/2018

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    Wildwood Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary and Mirror Lake Elementary are entering the design phase of the new  school facilities, and you’re invited to stop by and review the design concepts of the new schools. 


    Lake Grove Elementary

    July 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Wildwood Elementary

    July 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    Mirror Lake Elementary

    July 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

     

    As the process moves forward, there will be more opportunities to provide feedback, including community forums to be scheduled in the coming months. Please visit www.fwps.org/bond to stay up to date with the latest information. 

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