• School delayed for Lake Grove and Wildwood elementary schools

    Posted by Whitney Chiang on 8/21/2019 2:00:00 PM

    As shared previously, Lake Grove and Wildwood Elementary Schools will be temporarily relocated to the former DeVry property while the new buildings are under construction during the 2019-20 school year.

    The purpose of this update is to share the current status of the former DeVry property and its impact on the first day of school for Wildwood and Lake Grove Elementary students. Letters containing this information were emailed to Lake Grove and Wildwood families on August 20, 2019.

    We have been making every effort to open the building on time for the first day of school. Our construction partners are on schedule to convert the former DeVry building into a safe, appropriate temporary campus. However, there is work in progress on the driveway that must be completed before we can receive the paperwork required to open the building to the public.

    Based on the work that still needs to be done, we will need to delay the start of school by at least 4 days for Wildwood and Lake Grove elementary schools. Wildwood and Lake Grove students will tentatively begin school on Monday, September 9, 2019. We will provide another update to parents of these schools on August 28, 2019.

    We understand the additional days may be an inconvenience for some families. We wanted to share this information in a timely manner so parents and guardians could make arrangements for child care for these four days.

    We are looking at the various options to make up this time, and we will provide more information once it is available.

     

     

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  • What to Expect during Construction

    Posted by Amanda Brasgalla on 5/30/2019 3:45:00 PM

    Lake Grove, Mirror Lake and Wildwood Elementary

    We’re starting a new chapter at Lake Grove, Mirror Lake and Wildwood Elementary Schools, with brand-new buildings that promise to be a great improvement, with more room, improved security, greater functionality, and increased flexibility moving forward. We are excited about the opportunities the new schools will bring, and we know that the construction period may bring some changes to the day to day activities in the neighborhoods. This construction work will begin after school lets out for the summer and will continue through the 2019-20 school year. 

    What to Expect at Lake Grove Elementary:

    • There may be intermittent heavy traffic as materials are delivered and equipment is mobilized (June 2019 - February 2020). 
    • Noise levels may be higher than normal from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, due to construction equipment and crews. 
    • Street improvements may cause additional impacts, and a notice will be distributed in advance of this work. 
    • Demolition of the existing school (Summer 2019) will require construction equipment that produces higher noise levels than during the typical construction period. 

    What to Expect at Mirror Lake Elementary: 

    • There may be intermittent heavy traffic as materials are delivered and equipment is mobilized (May 2019 - January 2020). 
    • Noise levels may be higher than normal from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, due to construction equipment and crews. 
    • Street improvements may cause additional impacts, and a notice will be distributed in advance of this work. 
    • Demolition of the existing school (Summer 2020) will require construction equipment that produces higher noise levels than during the typical construction period.  

    What to Expect at Wildwood Elementary:

    • There may be intermittent heavy traffic as materials are delivered and equipment is mobilized (June 2019 - February 2020). 
    • Noise levels may be higher than normal from 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, due to construction equipment and crews. 
    • Street improvements may cause additional impacts, and a notice will be distributed in advance of this work. 
    • Demolition of the existing school (Summer 2019) will require construction equipment that produces higher noise levels than during the typical construction period. 

     If you have any questions or concerns during this time or throughout construction, contact us at 253-945-BOND (2663).

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  • Preparing for Construction

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

    Summer work at Thomas Jefferson High SchoolTJHS Summer Flyer

    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.

    What We’re Doing

    • Parking will be expanded at the bus drop off area and southeast parking lot.
    • Three of the five existing portables will be relocated.
    • The weight room at the south side of the existing gym building will be demolished.
    • A new weight room will be created within the existing gym building.
    • Select existing gym building entries and exits will be modified.
    • An underground storage tank located near the existing portables will be removed.
    • Temporary gravel parking lots will be installed on the east and west sides of the field and track area.
    • A temporary storm pond will be installed along the north side of the track and field area.

    What To Expect

    • This work will begin after school lets out for the summer and conclude prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year.
    • Work areas will be clearly marked and fenced off.
    • Temporary signage will be installed to clearly identify access to parking areas and school facilities.
    • Trucks will be entering and exiting the school facility.
    • Access will be maintained to school buildings and sports facilities, however, routes to access will change as work is conducted.
    • For safety reasons, there will be a time period when the gym will be unavailable to accomodate the work being done on the weight room.

    More information about parking during the 2019-20 school year will be coming soon. If you have any question or concerns during this time, please call us at 253-945-BOND (2663).

     

    Updated May 29, 2019. To download the flyer, click here.

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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

    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

    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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