• Preparing for Construction

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 5/13/2019 2:30:00 PM

    Summer work at Thomas Jefferson High School

    You may notice some work happening at Thomas Jefferson High School after students leave campus this summer. Crews will be on site preparing for construction to begin this winter by conducting some preliminary site work. This includes relocating portables, removing underground storage tanks, and modifying the parking lot to accommodate the construction area. Parking will be limited during this time and throughout construction.

     If you have any question or concerns during this time, please call us at 253-945-BOND (2663).

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  • Join us for a Bond Update Meeting

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 4/30/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Check out the latest design concepts of the new Thomas Jefferson High School on May 28, 2019, from 6–8 p.m.

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

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  • Celebrate Groundbreaking Week in Federal Way Public Schools

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 4/29/2019 9:00:00 AM

    The week of June 10–14, 2019 is Groundbreaking Week in Federal Way Public Schools! This will be an exciting week as we celebrate the start of construction on Mirror Lake, Lake Grove, and Wildwood Elementary Schools. While some preliminary site work was completed on these sites this spring, construction will truly begin once students and staff have left for the summer, and we’re taking time to celebrate each of these school sites before the end of the 2018-19 school year.

    “We are excited to break ground on the first three schools included in the phase 2 bond, approved by voters to enhance learning environments at schools across the district.”, said Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell.

    These three elementary schools are the first of eight schools to be rebuilt, thanks to voter approval of a school construction bond in Nov. 2017. One of the bond’s aims is to relieve overcrowding at the elementary level, and these new schools will allow for more room for scholars to learn, as well as a more modern learning environment. Highlights of the new designs include:

    • Learning Resource Center and Discovery Lab
      These spaces provide scholars access to resources, including books and computers, as well as creating a space for small group and hands-on learning outside the classroom.

    • School Identity
      While the three building designs are more similar than different, each school will have its own unique identity incorporated into the design.

    • Secure Entry Vestibule
      The new school facilities will include enhanced security features. This includes a secure and welcoming entry, which connects to the main office.

    Throughout the design process, the architects have engaged with and heard feedback from scholars, parents, and community members, in addition to district and school staff. These key voices provided valuable insight that helped create designs for three school buildings that will best serve our scholars and families.

    Join us at one of the following dates to check out the design images and celebrate the beginning of construction on the new schools!

    • Wildwood Elementary School
      June 10, 2019, 3:15–4:15 p.m.

    • Mirror Lake Elementary School
      June 11, 2019, 3:15–4:15 p.m.

    • Lake Grove Elementary School
      June 12, 2019, 4–5 p.m. 

    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 3/11/2019 5:00:00 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

    April 2, 2019, from 6 - 8 p.m.

    Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School projects

    April 3, 2019, from 6–8 p.m. at Totem Middle School 

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  • Mirror Lake, Lake Grove and Wildwood Elementary Schools complete Design Development phase

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 3/7/2019 8:25:00 AM

    Wildwood Elementary Design

    On February 26, 2019, the Federal Way Public Schools board of directors acknowledged the completion of the Design Development phase of Mirror Lake, Lake Grove, and Wildwood Elementary Schools.

    These three elementary schools are the first of eight schools to be rebuilt, thanks to voter approval of a school construction bond in Nov. 2017. One of the bond’s aims is to relieve overcrowding at the elementary level, and these new schools will allow for more room for scholars to learn, as well as a more modern learning environment. Highlights of the new designs include:

    • Learning Resource Center and Discovery Lab
      These spaces provide scholars access to resources, including books and computers, as well as creating a space for small group and hands-on learning outside the classroom.

    • School Identity
      While the three building designs are more similar than different, each school will have its own unique identity incorporated into the design.

    • Secure Entry Vestibule
      The new school facilities will include enhanced security features. This includes a secure and welcoming entry, which connects to the main office.

    Throughout the design process, the architects have engaged with and heard feedback from scholars, parents, and community members, in addition to district and school staff. These key voices provided valuable insight that helped create designs for three school buildings that will best serve our scholars and families.

    Scholars at each school had the opportunity to share what they hope to see in the new schools. One scholar shared they were excited about having a new classroom to learn “reading, math and writing, and a new playground to play with friends.”

    Construction on all three schools is scheduled to begin this summer and will be complete in time for scholars’ return to school in fall 2020. More information about groundbreaking celebrations will be coming soon.

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

    To view and download these images, click here.

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  • Join Us for a Bond Meeting Update

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 1/28/2019 8:45:00 AM

    bond meeting update 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 this upcoming update meeting:

     Star Lake Elementary and Totem Middle School projects

    February 20, 2019, from 6–8 p.m. at Totem Middle School 

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  • Join Us for a Bond Meeting Update

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

    meeting Join us for a Bond Update Meeting

    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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