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Capital projects update
Capital projects update
Posted on 04/01/2016

With voter approval for the 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond, the district is moving forward with the projects.


The Capital Projects department is also working to meet state class size reduction goals for grades K-3.


Please continue to watch for regular updates identified by the new FOUNDATIONS FOR OUR FUTURE logo on the district website, in the electronic newsletter Connectivity, and the Connections printed newsletter.


New Construction


  • The Puyallup School Board has adopted the district standard educational specifications for elementary.
  • Four architectural firms were hired by the district and assigned to design the new elementary, Firgrove and Northwood replacement schools, and for class size reduction projects.
  • The architects met with district staff on March 4 to review the standard educational specifications.
  • The architectural firms for the bond projects will begin the process of site specific work this spring. The architects will meet with the school staff for the individual project assigned to them. They will identify important design elements pertaining to that school and its sight. For example, Northwood Principal Melanie Helle is forming a team of 12 representatives, including Northwood staff and a parent. They will begin with the standard specifications and apply them to the culture and environment of the specific school.
  • Studies will begin this spring at each of the sites. County and city regulations require certain site specific requirements that will need to be done. For example, traffic design reports, environmental soil samples, and wetland conservation reviews.
  • Capital projects positions are being hired to support the bond projects.
    •  Hired two project managers
    •  Hired a quality assurance analyst
    •  Hired a project management systems coordinator


Class size reduction


  • Shaw Road Project
    •   School board approved the addition of 12 classrooms at its February 22 meeting.
    •   Architects and capital projects staff are collaborating on design development phase.
    •   Construction to begin in July 2016.