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Northwood Elementary groundbreaking kicks off construction phase
Northwood Elementary celebrates beginning of construction
Posted on 03/06/2018
Northwood Elementary celebrates beginning of construction

It was a day of celebration, excitement, and the beginning of great things to come at Northwood Elementary on March 2.

A groundbreaking ceremony signified the start of the construction phase to rebuild Northwood Elementary. The project is scheduled for completion by Fall of 2019.

Construction will begin within the next few weeks.

Students, staff, and community members gathered outside the school against a backdrop of shovels, balloons, and a tractor. They cheered as the first shovels of dirt were turned. 

Superintendent Tim Yeomans, School Board President Kathy Yang, School Board Director Maddie Names, Chief Communications Officer Brian Fox, and Chief Operations Officer Mario Casello each addressed the audience.

Superintendent Tim Yeomans thanked the staff and community for their support of Puyallup students. “Students, we are so happy to do this for you,” he added.

Casello stood with Northwood Principal Melanie Helle and spoke to the Northwood students. Helle attended Northwood as a student. “This is a once in a lifetime event. You are getting 30 home rooms, shared project spaces, a dedicated place for science and art, a bigger gym, a cafeteria so you don’t have to eat lunch in your classrooms, and a bigger play structure.”

In attendance were Project Manager Larry Vandeberg, Dennis Erwood, principal from architectural firm Studio Meng Strazzara who designed the new school building, Tom Romberg, President of Construction Enterprises and Contractors, Inc. (CE&C) who was awarded the low bid to construct the school, Edgewood Mayor Daryl Eidinger, East Pierce Fire and Rescue station crew, Edgewood Chief of Police Micah Lundborg.

The Northwood replacement is designed as a two story building with 30 home rooms and approximately 83,000 square feet. It will be located to the east of the existing building which will allow the school to remain open during construction.

Northwood Elementary opened in 1974 and was expanded in 1976. There have not been any comprehensive remodels of the school.

The voter approved 2015 School Construction and Facility Improvements bond addresses the need for elementary school classroom space. It will replace Firgrove, Northwood, and Sunrise elementary schools, remodel Pope Elementary, add a 12 classroom addition to Hunt Elementary, and build a new elementary school west of Meridian on South Hill.

More information and continued updates can be found on the district’s Foundations For Our Future website.

Nancy French