Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Project Updates: Oversight Committee Tracks Bond Progress

Oversight Committee meeting for quarterly report.

Six community members with construction and finance expertise keep an eye on our 2016 school bond projects. We provide quarterly reports and financial statements to the Oversight Committee and the school board. Get the status on every bond project and other capital projects in this report summary. 

So, How Are We Doing?

Thumbs up! We are on schedule to complete all projects within the bond timeline and budget. There have been a few setbacks and puzzles to solve--typical of large construction projects or renovations. Thanks to experienced staff and great partnerships with our architects and contractors, we are on target with the 2016 school bond.

3 Schools Open This Fall

  • Olympic Interim Site--Opening Fall 2019
    We are on target to open school at Olympic this fall. Highline High School teachers moved into Olympic after the last day of school on June 25. Early in the project, we encountered some surprises at the Olympic Interim Site that required demolition of most of the center building, which was replaced with new portable classrooms, including new science classrooms.
  • Des Moines Elementary School--Opening Fall 2019
    Des Moines Elementary School
    is on schedule for the front office to move in at the Zenith site as early as possible in August.
  • Glacier Middle School--Opening Fall 2019
    Weather delays and redesign of a feature in Glacier Middle School's steel structure bumped the steelwork out of line at the mill early on, causing some delay and expense, but our contractor developed a work plan to catch up. We expect Glacier to open on time for the first day of school in September. Some work items may remain to be completed after school starts.
  • Highline High School School--Opening Fall 2021
    The new Highline High School is on schedule to open fall 2021. Our general contractor/construction manager Skanska will be on site as soon as possible in July.

Read on for additional updates, including safety and security upgrades, critical needs projects and non-bond capital projects.

Capital Projects Report

School Bond Project Updates--June 2019

  • Des Moines: New Des Moines School is 80% Complete + Driving & Walking Improvements
  • Glacier: Glacier is 75% Complete; Ready in Time for School
  • HHS: Expect Skanska on Site at HHS in July; Tennis Courts at Sunnydale
  • Olympic: Teachers Move in at Olympic; Project Work Concludes This Summer
  • Design Only: Architects Selected to Design Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific
  • Safety & Security Upgrades
    June 2019 Update: We expect the first phase of electronic locks (more than 500 classroom door locks) to be completed by the end of August. Work has begun at Gregory Heights, Cedarhurst, Bow Lake, Madrona and White Center Heights. The second phase of schools is estimated to go to bid in July, once wiring patterns are determined. We expect it will be awarded in August and completed by the end of January 2020.
  • Critical Needs Projects
    Approximately $11 million of $19 million in critical needs projects have been completed, with more projects coming this summer. Some bond funds will be held in contingency for emergency needs like boiler replacements. Completed projects include:
    • Roofing replacements and maintenance
      • Central Office, roofing restoration
      • Mount Rainier Pool, roofing restoration & brick repairs
      • Evergreen Pool, south slope, roofing replacement
      • Tyee High School, roof restoration
      • New Start High School/Salmon Creek site, roof replacement
      • CHOICE Academy/Woodside site, roofing replacement
    • Interior and exterior painting
      • Beverly Park Elementary School
      • Hilltop Elementary School
      • Seahurst Elementary School
      • Southern Heights Elementary School
      • Cascade Middle School
      • Chinook Middle School
      • Pacific Middle School
      • Sylvester Middle School
      • Evergreen High School
      • Tyee High School
      • New Start High School
      • Central Office
      • Valley View Early Learning Center
    • Big playtoy surface tile replacements
      • Marvista Elementary School
      • Parkside Elementary School
      • North Hill Elementary School
      • Midway Elementary School
      • Madrona Elementary School
    • Playtoy installed
      • Hilltop Elementary School
      • Valley View Early Learning Center
      • Gregory Heights Elementary School
      • Marvista (partnered with PTSA)
    • Energy upgrades, various sites
    • Sound system or additional loudspeakers, various sites
    • Line striping of parking stalls and curbs, various sites
    • Asphalt replacement and sealing, various sites
    • Tyee High School, installed new bleachers, replaced boiler
    • Seahurst Elementary School, boiler, controls
    • Side sewer extension at Beverly Park site
    • Camp Waskowitz, water line repair, preliminary feasibility plan for septic drainfield
    • Various repairs, including floor repairs at Evergreen High School and White Center Heights Elementary School refrigerator/freezer floor
    • White Center Heights Elementary School, cooler/dry sprinkler replacement
    • Evergreen High School floor repairs​

Other Capital Projects Updates (Not Funded by School Bonds)

Permanent Classroom Additions

  • 4 new classrooms opening at White Center Heights Elementary this fall
  • 3 new classrooms opening at North Hill Elementary this fall
  • 3 new classrooms each at McMicken Heights Elementary and Hilltop Elementary schools in summer 2020
  • Funded by state grant for reducing K-3 classroom sizes

Evergreen Turf Field & Lighting

  • Includes $700K in grants from King County Parks and NFL Foundation/Seattle Seahawks
  • Old portable removed, permitting is in process
  • Estimated start of work: July, waiting for permit

Composites Lab, Puget Sound Skills Center

  • State funding through Skills Center Minor Works Program ($954,158)
  • Constructed in existing facility
  • Ready for fall 2019