By: dgardner

Two JBLM schools use new prototype design

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
November 29, 2013
By: Journal Staff

Clover Park School District rebuilt two schools on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Lakewood: Carter Lake and Hillside Elementary.

Both were completed in time for classes this fall.

The district operates six elementary schools on the military base that were originally built in the 1950s. Since then, the schools have received only cosmetic upgrades.

A program was developed in 2007 with the help of architect BCRA and the district to develop what is called the Military Child Education Initiative. The national program through the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment funds replacement of outdated schools on military installations.

The schools were designed using a prototype with four core components: classrooms, administrative space, multi-purpose space and a resource center. The blocks can be positioned to accommodate site conditions.

The design phases of the projects were completed in six months.

The 67,666-square-foot Carter Lake Elementary was built on the same site as the old school and can accommodate 500 students. The cost was about $31.5 million.

The design for Hillside Elementary used the same prototype. The new 73,100-square-foot school can accommodate 650 students, also on the same site as the old school. The cost for Hillside was about $33.7 million.

Through planning and coordination, construction of the new schools occured while the old schools remained in use.

Here is the project team: BCRA, architect and civil engineer; OAC Services, construction management; Skanska USA Building, contractor; PCS Structural Solutions,structural engineer; and BCE Engineers, mechanical and electrical engineer.

Original article via Daily Journal of Commerce

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