This project is being done using a phased approach with two major new additions being constructed in the first two phases. The two new buildings will surround the existing High School on two sides. When the second phase of construction is completed, the majority of the old school will be demolished and a secure interior courtyard created.
When completed the High School will have 90,000 square feet of new space, and 36,000 square feet of remodeled and modernized space, new stadium grandstands, a new storm water detention facility, upgraded primary electrical service, tennis courts, parking lot and courtyard space. Construction is scheduled to continue through August of 2019.
Phase 2 is Underway.
The new Fisher Elementary School is a 2-story, 68,000 SF project which replaces the existing school on the same site. The existing school will remain operational until the new facility is complete, saving the cost of portables or a temporary move to another site.
The new design includes 6 secure groups of 4 classrooms each clustered around shared learning spaces. The design also includes a new gymnasium, commons/cafeteria, kitchen, covered play, library, maker space and numerous specialty areas. Student and staff safety and security were considered throughout the planning process.
New parking and play areas will be developed in the footprint of the existing school once it is demolished.
The $15M project will be completed in 2017.
Puget Sound Energy wished to modernize and upgrade their existing Bellingham Service Center, an essential facility serving Whatcom County. The 1970’s era, 10,000 sq. ft. existing service center was to be demolished and replaced with a new 28,000 sq. ft. structure. The new structure will provide 14,000 sq. ft. of office and operations space with the ability to expand to 28,000 sq. ft. with the future addition of a second floor. In addition a 14,000 sq. ft. ‘Line’ building would adjoin the office building and provide space for loading dock, parts storage, vehicle maintenance, wire shop, transformer storage, and vehicle wash. Puget Sound Energy desired the new facility to have sustainable features visible to their customers and clients to demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Such features include: rain harvesting (grey water use only), low voltage lighting, and recycled materials use.
This project includes an addition of a total of 68,639 sq ft when complete. There will be a new 2-story classroom wing comprised of 16 classrooms and 8 labs. There will also be a new library, space for Administration and staff, a new stage and commons/kitchen area with seating for assemblies, and a new fitness area. The existing gym will remain but will be updated, and the existing science rooms will remain but be re-purposed.
Nooksack Valley High School is an existing single story, 148,984 sq. ft., facility. Initial construction started in the 1950's and the most recent addition/renovation was in the early 2000's.
This project will include 27,200 sq. ft. of demolition, 27,200 sq. ft. of new construction, and 30,049 sq. ft. of renovation.
New construction will include a 1,316 sq. ft. greenhouse and additions of a 8,363 sq. ft. Fitness Center, 9,963 sq. ft. of Administration, and 1,597 sq. ft. of CTE storage. There will also be renovation of the guest parking and bus drop off area at the southwest corner of the site, and a new staff parking area at the northeast corner of the site where existing buildings have been removed.