Des Moines city council members and Highline Public Schools board members inspected progress at the new Des Moines Elementary School in early June.
They checked out the wetland taking shape below the western windows and toured the mechanical room. They learned about the chilled beam heating and cooling system in the ceiling.
Finishing touches happening: carpet, new green sod, cabinets and woodwork.
School is On Schedule
The new school is on target to open in September. The principal and front office staff hope to move in as soon as possible in August.
Walking and driving improvements coming soon:
- Expect a new center turn lane on 16th Avenue South for northbound drivers at the entrance to the new school.
- A paved walking path is being constructed along the west side of 16th Avenue South for the entire length of the school property, continuing to the South 240th Street intersection.
- A new sidewalk will be added along South 240th Street (north side) from the 16th Avenue South intersection west to the school property line. The new sidewalk will connect to an existing sidewalk that continues west.
Neighbor and City of Des Moines Council Member Robert Back had nothing but praise for the politeness and efficiency of Absher Construction Company staff during the year of construction.
The school design and the June 7 tour were led by Architect Ingrida Sanders of Hutteball + Oremus Architecture.