Shelton's 17-18 Construction Updates

17-18 Construction Updates

June 2018

Ceremonial Dedication

On Wednesday, June 11, the Shelton School District came together with the Squaxin Island Tribe and the Skokomish Indian Tribe to bless the land, through song and prayer, where our new buildings will be built.
In each location, the blessing was offered by Rose Davis, Minister of the Mud Bay Shaker Indian Church, and the crowd was addressed by Arnold Cooper, Chairman of the Squaxin Island Tribe as well as other tribal council members present and Kimberly Miller of the Skokomish Indian Tribe.

Both tribes spoke of the importance of education for our children, how a focus on learning is vitally important in and out of the classroom and the need to clear the path as we work together to improve education for all students.
Together we will be able to build a bright future for all students in Mason County.
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Members of the Mud Bay Shaker Indian Church, Squaxin Island Tribe, Skokomish Tribe, the Shelton School Board and Superintendent participate in the Ceremonial Dedication of Shelton School District building projects on July 11, 2018.

Groundbreaking Ceremonies

Shelton High School Groundbreaking, June 27, 2018, included Shelton School Board Members Sally Karr, Jennifer Deyette, Principal school board member sally brownfield addressing the crowd

Shelton High School Groundbreaking, June 27, 2018, included Shelton School Board Members Sally Karr, Jennifer Deyette, Principal, Sandy Tarzwell, Sally Brownfield, Dan Cooling and Superintendent Alex Apostle.

Mt View Groundbreaking, June 27, 2018, included Shelton School Board Members Sandy Tarzwell, Sally Karr, Dan Cooling, Keri David children and adults attending the groundbreaking ceremony

Mt View Groundbreaking, June 27, 2018, included Shelton School Board Members Sandy Tarzwell, Sally Karr, Dan Cooling, Keri Davidson, Superintendent Alex Apostle, and Principal Mary Johnson.

June 2018

With June Comes construction. On June 19 building permits from the City of Shelton were issued for both Shelton High School and Mt view Elementary. Fencing and equipment are moving into place and the busses have been moved from the transportation facility to the Shelton High School parking lot in preparation for replacement of the transportation co-op parking lot.

The block building behind Evergreen has been removed as well as the old deteriorating buildings at the maintenance facility. The 20-year-old district phone system will be replaced and operational before the end of June, and new interactive clocks capable of delivering custom messages will be in every classroom before school begins August 29.

In the coming weeks and months, changes will be taking place all over the district. With all the activity around the district, it is necessary that our campuses are closed to staff, the community and students. These closures include the playground equipment. The only exceptions will be for those attending summer school during in July.

Athletic Facilities Input

The first of many meetings have taken place to discuss the updates to district athletic facilities. With an anticipated $19M in state matching money, we are gathering input from coaches as well as community members on the possible updates to athletic facilities. If community members have input they would like to share they are invited to send an email to Communications Specialist, Jacquie MacAlevy -, community input will then be relayed to the architect. The coaching staff will be meeting individually with architects to discuss facility needs for individual sports.


Comprehensive List of Current District Bond Projects

Bordeaux Elementary

Add Covered Walkways from Main School Building to Portables. Summer 2018
New Security Vestibule at Front Entrance to Control Access to Facility and increase Security. Summer 2018.
Replace old boilers with new high-efficiency type boilers. Completed in January 2018.
Technology Upgrades
Evergreen Elementary

Add Bathrooms to 2 Existing Portables that are far from in-building Restrooms. Summer 2018.
Install an Additional Portable with restrooms to house a growing Kindergarten population until Fall 2019 Reconfiguration when it is turned over to CHOICE High School. Summer 2018.
Add Covered Walkways from Main School Building to Portables. Summer 2018
New Security Vestibule at Front Entrance to Control Access to Facility and increase Security. Summer 2018.
Demolish Old Block Building for additional playground space. Completed in Spring 2018.
Technology Upgrades
Mountain View Elementary

Build a new 55,000 SF Mountain View (K-4) replacement school directly behind the existing campus. The new campus includes all the latest safety & security enhancements that are going in our other elementary schools. Construction started in June 2018 and scheduled to complete in time for Fall 2019 School Year.
Modernization of the Early Learning Center Annex Building with all new space configuration, new flooring, lighting, casework and HVAC systems. Construction started in June 2018 and scheduled to complete in time for Fall 2019 School Year.
The ELC Annex will also receive two portables installed on grade to bring other classes spread around the District into one central location. Summer 2018.
CHOICE High School

Full roof replacement with drainage improvements. Summer 2018.
New Security Vestibule at Front Entrance to Control Access to Facility and increase Security. Summer 2018.
New Ramp at Front Entrance to allow ADA compliant access. Summer 2018.
Receive usage of a new portable at Evergreen campus. Fall 2019.
CHOICE's Cooling Tower replaced. Completed in February 2018.
Technology Upgrades
Olympic Middle School

Full roof replacement with an extended labor warranty. Summer 2018
Technology Upgrades
Oakland Bay Jr. High School

Security Enhancements at Front Entrance to help Control Access and increase building Security. Summer 2019.
Repainting of the Building. Summer 2019
Full replacement of the cooling tower. Completed in February 2018.
Replace old boilers with new high-efficiency type boilers. Completed Summer 2017.
Technology Upgrades
Shelton High School

Build a new 47,000 SF New Academic Building in the front of Shelton High School to house as the new entrance to the campus. It is a three-story structure that includes new classrooms, science labs, art studio, culinary arts lab and Administration space. This is a key part of the District Reconfiguration Plan and repatriating the 9th Grade back to the High School. Construction started in June 2018 and scheduled to complete in time for Fall 2019 School Year.
Build a new 7,000 SF Auxiliary Gymnasium in order to accommodate increasing PE Requirements and the additional students from the 9th Grade. Construction started in June 2018 and scheduled to complete in time for Fall 2019 School Year.
Replace the Red Vinyl Flooring in the Mini-Dome with a new replacement product. Summer 2018
Replace the roof of the High School Student Union Building (SUB). Summer 2018.
Refinish the Pool Locker Room Floors and Install a New Unisex Bathroom/Locker Room. Summer 2018.
Replace the existing windows at the High School with new higher efficiency glass and glazing adding an operable window to most rooms for ventilation. Summer 2019
Repaint the existing High School Exterior. Summer 2019.
Add ADA Compliant Door Hardware throughout campus. Summer 2019.
Technology Upgrades
Other District Locations

Restore the road base and repave the parking lot at the Mason County Transportation Cooperative (the Bus Compound). Summer 2018.
Demolish Old Buildings at Maintenance Facility and turn into parking. Building Demolished Spring 2018. Parking conversion Summer 2018.
Paint the Maintenance Facility. Summer 2018.
Replace the Heat Pump at the MCTC. Summer 2019.


 June 2018 Budget Summary 

Shelton High School Field Report

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May 2018

Things are moving!
Things are beginning to move forward on our construction projects. Contracts have been approved for our three major projects. The following is a list of contractors and contract amounts.

Package A - Shelton High School
Construction Enterprises & Contractors, Inc.

Package B - Mt. View Elementary
Schwiesow Construction, Inc.
$17,498,000* plus $113,000* additional work

Package C - Misc. District Projects
Construct, Inc.
* Prices do not include sales tax.

Work began on Package C the week of May 14, 2018, with the removal of an old block storage building behind Evergreen Elementary School. The derelict building was removed to make way for a new portable to be installed this summer. The portable will include bathrooms for student use.

Demolition of old buildings not in use at the district maintenance facility the week of May 21. Once the buildings are removed parking with be improved at the facility.

Shelton High School also saw many new changes beginning May 21. Construction fencing has been installed on the campus in preparation for construction which is scheduled to begin June 19. The fencing will require all foot traffic being directed around the fencing. Visitor parking has been relocated to designated spaces in the student parking lot. Bus lanes have also been rerouted. This will necessitate student drop off and pick up to occur at the Huff n Puff adjacent from Shelton High School, and along Shelton Springs Rd. The restrictions will be in place from 7 am to 4 pm on school days.

In addition, temporary offices have been located between the Performing Arts Center and the 300 Building. This temporary office space will house administrative offices and student services while the currents office space is being remodeled.

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April 2018

For the last 14 months, the Bond Leadership Team has been working diligently to complete the Design and Planning of our Bond Projects. As we move into the month of May in the coming weeks we will begin the transition to the Construction Phase of our Bond Projects. The Bids for Project A at Shelton High School are scheduled to be opened on April 23rd, 2018, with the Bids for Project B at Mt View being opened up on May 3rd.

The week of April 9th prospective contractors completed a mandatory pre-bid walkthrough of both projects. Present were several potential bidders for each project.

The contract with the Contractor accepted for Package C was signed the week of April 9, 2018, with work anticipated to begin no later than May 1, 2018.

The Leadership Team determined to make the Annex (Pre-School) remodel a separate project in order to expedite the work on the project to be completed 9 months ahead of schedule. This project is anticipated to go to bid April 16, 2018, with bids to be opened the second week of May 2018. The schedule is critical for this project as work will begin as soon as school is completed for the 2017-18 school year and continue through December 2018.

The temporary office space for the Offices at Shelton High School have been determined and plans are now in place to allow the space to be prepared. The Temporary offices will be located to the north of the Business (200) Building in the space between the Performing Arts Center and the Social Studies (300) Building. Access to the offices will be from both campus and the Staff parking lot on the north side of the Performing Arts Center.

April 2018 Bond Update
April 2018 Budget Update
Shelton Construction Bond Rates Locked In for 2018

Certified 2018 BOND Rate $ 3.20
Original Projected Bond Rate $ 3.56
$0.36 LOWER than Projected
New 2019 - 2021 Projected Bond Rate $3.18
New 2022 - 2038 Projected Bond Rate $2.35

Certified 2018 LEVY Rate $ 4.06
Original Projected Levy Rate $4.38
$0.32 LOWER than Projected
*Rates are based per $1000 of Assessed Value

Bond Projects are Beginning Soon

In the coming weeks, physical work on our projects will begin.

During the School Board meeting on March 27, 2018, the Shelton School Board of Directors approved the Bid for Bond Package C, which includes improvements at Evergreen and Bordeaux Elementary Schools, remodel and improvements at CHOICE High School, the re-pavement of the Transportation Facility Parking area as well as the demolition of derelict buildings at the District Maintenance Facility.

The Bid was awarded to Construct Inc. for the Base Bid amount of $2,382,000. The amount is $400,000 lower than the architect estimate. The majority of work will begin on Project C at the conclusion of the school year in June.

Shelton High School will begin seeing changes prior to the end of the school year. On May 15 fencing will be installed on the campus to enclose the Construction Zone and Staging Area. This will necessitate the re-routing of traffic on the Shelton High School Campus. Both Community and Bus traffic will be re-routed and access will no longer be available in the area directly in front of the school. Visitor parking will be made available within the student parking area. Visitors and students will be required to access the campus buildings to the North and South of the construction zones. the fencing will remain in place through the entire construction process and will be removed prior to the opening of the new buildings. Additionally, in June, construction fencing will be placed around the area where the Auxiliary Gym will be built.

Bus Traffic will be rerouted to the south of campus with loading and unloading areas being on the south side of the SUB and in front of the Mini Dome. Parents wishing to pick up their children after school are asked to do so off-site.

Work in the Shelton High School Pool Locker Rooms will occur during the summer. It is anticipated the pool will close for several weeks during the summer while the locker room floors are updated and the addition of a unisex bathroom created. We will publish closure dates as soon as they are determined.

March 2018

We are preparing to send our projects to bid on Shelton High School and Mt View Elementary. Package C is currently being bid, with bids being received on March 22, 2018. Currently, five contractors are reviewing the plan and scope of Package C, we are very interested to see what the bids will be on March 22.

There have been some changes to the Mt View Project. The Annex where the Early Learning Center is located has been separated into its own project. This will allow for the work for the Annex to be completed a year ahead of schedule. Bidding will begin shortly. The Annex is anticipated to be complete in December of 2018.

The MT View Project is in the permitting process and bidding is anticipated to be ready for bid in Mid April. Project Manager, Jeff Freeny is encouraged at data from recent regional bids awarded for similar school construction projects, He has guarded optimism the bidding process will be near our projected budget amounts.

The Shelton High School Project is moving forward. We have been working with the City of Shelton through the permitting process. The Traffic Impact Report has been completed and we are awaiting additional input from the City. The Study has shown that there are no additional traffic impacts for Shelton High School.
The location of the Temporary Offices has not yet been determined. However, the original proposed location that would require the removal of trees will not be used. Traffic on the Shelton High School Campus will be altered in preparation for construction before the end of the school year. It is anticipated that fencing will be placed on campus in May of 2018. Parents and the community will be made aware of the revisions as soon as the plan is completed.

March 2018 Bond Update
March 2018 Budget Update 

February 2018

Project C - Miscellaneous Projects

Package C is ready to go out to bid February 27. Package C includes work at the Transportation and Maintenance Buildings, CHOICE High School, Bordeaux and Evergreen Elementary, as well as Oakland Bay Jr High. Building Entrances and exterior doors at all district buildings will become more secure and the roof at CHOICE High School will be replaced. The work in Package C will is anticipated to be completed by the start of school in the Fall of 2018, one-year ahead of schedule.

Package A - Shelton High School

The independent Traffic Study was completed by Heath & Associates Inc. The study concluded that "No adverse impacts with the additional student population is identified" and "No mitigation is identified at this time." The report will be submitted to the City of Shelton. The Shelton High School Project is being prepared for a Constructability Review to identify obstacles before the project begins. Currently, we are anticipating this project being open for bid in Mid-April with Notice to Proceed in May 2018. Construction will begin at the conclusion of the 2018 school year and be complete before the beginning of the 2019 school year.

Project B - Mt View Elementary

Mt View Elementary is on schedule. Like Shelton High School documents for Mt View are being prepared for the Constructability Review and will be ready for Bid in mid-April. Mt View is also on begin construction work in June 2018 with work scheduled to begin June of 2018 and construction to be completed in the Fall of 2019.

February 2018 Bond Update
February 2018 Budget Update

January 2018

The January 2018 School Board Update presented on January 12 primarily included a continuation of the December update. The architect Teams are working hard to prepare documents for the bidding process. The Developmental Design Plans and cost estimate have been submitted for review and comment. We are working with the City of Shelton on a traffic impact study for Shelton High School. Additional survey work is planned for the Shelton High School and Mt View sites in the areas of the Auxiliary Gym at Shelton High School and the storm water retention area at Mt View.

The remaining work in Package C will be ready for bid in February 2018. This work is planned to be completed by the end of 2018.
January 2018 Bond Update
January 2018 Budget Update
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December 2017 Update

We are coming to the end of our Design Development phase in the construction planning for the Shelton School District Bond Projects. Architects have been meeting almost weekly with District Administration to finalize the design of the 48,500 square foot addition to Shelton High School and the 53,000 square foot construction of Mt View Elementary.

Package A - Shelton High School, 48,500 SF addition and remodel of the Student services building.

Estimated Cost: $33,395,341
Architect teams met with Department Heads at Shelton High School to review schematic designs and provide input which resulted in some minor floor plan modifications. The design for Shelton High School is now set and documents are being prepared for review by a cost estimator. Once the documents have been estimated they will be presented to the School District for comparison with the current budget.

A meeting with the City of Shelton took place on November 15th to discuss the pre-submission application for Package A submitted on November 1st. Remarks were received from the Public Works Department (Engineering), Community & Economic Development Department (Building, Planning), and the Fire Department. The comments received to address the requirements necessary for a comprehensive review (of the permit set of construction drawings) and upcoming approval of the building permit.

A traffic impact analysis will be required for this project. Gregg Heath, who is currently working with the City on the Mason County Hospital Expansion, has been selected to perform the study

The survey process for the Auxiliary Gym will continue while surveyors locate utilities on site. The next steps for this project include the preparation of documents for bid. It is anticipated that the Package A will be ready for bid no later than April 2018.


Package B - Mt View Elementary, 53,000 SF New Construction,

Estimated Cost: $26,755,428
November 21st a meeting with building staff took place to determine general design layouts for classrooms and other teaching spaces. Department representatives were able to review design schematics and provide feedback which resulted in some minor floor plan modifications for the new building.

A meeting took place with the City of Shelton on November 15th to discuss the pre-submission application for Mt View Elementary. Remarks were received from the Public Works Department (Engineering), Community & Economic Development Department (Building, Planning), and the Fire Department. The comments received to address the requirements necessary for a comprehensive review (of the permit set of construction drawings) and upcoming approval of the building permit.

Additional survey work will be conducted for the storm retention pond and surrounding area.
It is anticipated that Package B will be ready to be bid by Mid April 2018, with construction anticipated to begin in June of 2018.

Package C - District Projects - Estimated Cost: $5,203,046

Happening Now
Bordeaux replace boilers- Happening during Winter Break
Technology upgrades in all buildings- Happening now and will be ongoing through the Fall of 2019
Oakland Bay Jr High and CHOICE HS Cooling towers- will occur during Spring Break

To Be Completed by September 2018

New Portables at Evergreen
Creation of secure building entrances
CHOICE High School new roof
Transportation Parking to be repaved
Maintenance complex will have a building removed and install a gravel parking lot

Beginning Design Phase Spring 2018
Replace Track at Shelton High School

December 2017 Bond Update
December 2017 Budget Update

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November 2017 Bond Update
November 2017 Budget Update


Community Forum Update October 19, 2017

The Architecture Team presented the current status of the Bond Construction to the Shelton Community on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Shelton SD Community Update Presentation 

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October 2017 Community Update

October 10, 2017, Jeff Freeney with KMB Architects delivered an update to the Shelton School Board of Directors. Mr. Freeney updated the school board on the progress of each package within our bond project. The report can be found at the end of this update.

Package A - Shelton High School

To date, the Schematic Design, Value Engineering (VE), and the State Sustainable Schools Protocol process have been completed. Design images will be available at the coming Community Forum meeting on October 19th at Olympic Middle School. A team of 5-6 people participated in the Value Engineering process, including an outside architect, engineer, contractor, electrical and mechanical persons. These outside observers provide valuable insight providing a fresh perspective. The VE team was able to provide recommendations for changes that are anticipated to reduce costs for our project.

The SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) process has begun with the publication of a comment period open from November 13th - November 27th. The SEPA process examines environmental impacts surrounding the project, including the following areas:
Environmental health
Land use
Public services
The next steps will include applying for a supplemental use permit for the Port of Shelton and completing a pre-application/presubmission permit review with the City of Shelton. It is anticipated that the Value Engineering will come before the board for review and approval at the first board meeting in November.

Package B - Mt View

Similar to Package A, the Mt View Project has completed the Schematic Design, Value Engineering (VE), and the State Sustainable Schools Protocol process. The Education Specifications called for a 51,000 sq. ft. building. At this point in the design process, the design is for a building of 57,000 sq. ft. this will require a close look at how space is utilized so that we can identify where reductions in square footage can be made.
The comment period for SEPA will be November 22nd - December 8th. As with Package A, the Value Engineering is anticipated to come before the school board for approval at the first board meeting in November.

Package C - Miscellaneous Projects

Bids have come in for the replacement of the Boilers at Bordeaux and the cooling towers located at CHOICE High School and Oakland Bay Jr High. The bidding company, if approved at the end of the school board meeting, will complete the work on the boilers over winter break when students are not in school. The work on the cooling towers will happen later in the winter. The estimate for this work was $280,000, the lowest of five bids was returned at $299,000. This amount is slightly over budget, however, it was anticipated and reasonable for the current bidding climate in the region.
The community is invited to attend the next Community Forum on October 19th where we will hear from all our project architects. This meeting will be held at Olympic Middle School at 6 pm.

October 2017 School Board Update 

September 2017 Community Update

Package A - Shelton High School

We are moving forward with the construction planning. The project at Shelton High School is moving forward into the Schematic Design phase. This phase includes elevations and sections of the new building addition. The Schematic Design drawings were presented to the Shelton High School Staff at their annual retreat on August 31, 2017. In the coming weeks, NAC Architects will send the drawings to the cost estimator to obtain preliminary construction costs. Additional studies are yet to be completed including studies of exterior wall accent colors, building elements and materials that will be incorporated into the design.

The discussion for the Shelton High School team has progressed to considerations for a staging area for the construction crew who will need easy access to materials once construction begins. Additionally, a meeting was held on August 23, 2017, with the City of Shelton and the Post of Shelton regarding a Public Hearing examining a height variance request, assuring the proper paperwork is filed before construction is to take place at Shelton High School.

Package B - Mt View Elementary

The project at Mt View is also progressing. Recent considerations involved the site plan. At a staff update meeting held August 30, 2017. Currently, considerations are being made to create a bus loop separate from the parent pick area. Feasibility is being determined to see if the bus loop at Olympic Middle School and MT View can be connected creating a single drop off/pick up zone for both schools. The bus loop should also be beneficial to both District Maintenance and the Fire Department.

The Leadership Team has begun discussing possible ways of preparing the students and promoting collaboration with the youngsters during the construction phase. The Contractor’s fencing and staging area can serve as discussion opportunities. For example, plywood partitions can serve as creative canvases for children to draw on them what they envision is developing beyond the walls.
The Annex Building at Mt View is being designed to create a "one unit" feel between the building and portables to be connected with a covered walkway.
Both the Shelton High School and Mt View Projects are required to adhere to the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) and a workshop was scheduled for September 8, 2017. Required by OSPI, the WSSP scorecard must be completed to demonstrate that the new Mt. View Elementary School and Shelton High School will be designed and built to high-performance green building standards.

Package C - Other Projects

The bid package for the replacement of the two boilers at Bordeaux Elementary and the cooling tower units at CHOICE High School and Oakland Bay Junior High is scheduled to be advertised on September 15th with a bid opening date of October 4th. The work to be completed over the winter break to assure that there are no disruptions in the heat output. The first phase of the work, which includes the boiler replacements at Bordeaux, has to be completed by January 2, 2018. Replacement of the cooling towers to follow.
The Principals of CHOICE and Evergreen met with MSGS to discuss the plans for the portables on site. The proposed layout of the portables and playground was accepted.
There may be a cost increase related to the parking lot addition at the Maintenance Facility due to Department of Ecology storm water regulations. The portion of the parcel that is slated to be turned into a parking lot will be impervious and rainwater considered polluted, which will need to be treated before entering any water treatment system. A storm water detention vault, which is considered for this site, will help manage the excess storm water runoff. However, it will not provide treatment to improve the water quality. MSGS is looking into the most cost-effective method for complying with this regulation.

Package A - B - C

The District hired KPFF, Inc., out of Lacey, Washington, to complete the topographic surveying which was partially accomplished by the previous consultant. KPFF demonstrated it has the needed manpower to expedite the surveying and produce the drawings required for the architects to advance their designs. To date, KPFF has completed field surveys and delivered drawings of the field conditions at the sites of Shelton High School, Mt. View Elementary School, Bordeaux Elementary School and Mason County Transportation Center. CHOICE High School and Evergreen Elementary School are in drafting; drawings will be delivered in the coming days. The only fieldwork remaining is the Maintenance Facility.

Budget Update September 2017
September 2017 School Board Update

Community Update Presentation Presented at the Community Forum at Olympic Middle School July 27, 2017. 

August 2017 Community Update

Our construction projects are continuing to progress through the summer. Education Specifications (Ed Specs) for Shelton High School (SHS) and Mt View Elementary (MTV) were completed in July with additional feedback from administration and staff being incorporated into the final Ed Spec Draft. The School Board of Directors will now review the Ed Specs for approval.

The underground utility location has been completed for the SHS and MTV as well as other district sites has been completed by Mt. View Locating Services, LLC, a private locate company from Sumner, Washington, contracted by Agate Land Surveying. A final report from Agate Land Surveying including drawings to identify the utilities and field conditions is now expected.

The first meeting with the City of Shelton took place on July 19th. Representatives from KMB Architects and the school district were present. The initial discussion focused on Shelton High School and Mt. View Elementary, the two projects that will require land use hearings, site plan reviews, Special Use Permit (SUP), and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) determination. Subsequent meetings will take place every other Wednesday afternoon with four-hour reviews of the plans scheduled at the end of the Schematic Design phase and again at the end of Design Development.

The Package "C" projects include the replacement of two boilers at Bordeaux Elementary and the cooling tower units at CHOICE High School and Oakland Bay Junior High will be bid as a single package, which is anticipated to be advertised the last two weeks in September. The District prefers the work on these systems to be completed over the winter break to assure no disruptions to staff and students. The first phase of the work will include the boiler replacements, followed by the replacements of the cooling towers.

In addition to the heating and cooling system work, a coordination meeting remains to be scheduled with the Principals of CHOICE and Evergreen to discuss the plans for the portables on site.

The first community meeting was held on the 27th of July in the Olympic Middle School Commons. More than 50 community members had the opportunity to meet the architecture team, receive a detailed status update and ask questions. More meetings are being scheduled to continue to keep the community abreast of construction activities. The complete presentation can be found at the link above.

Budget Update August 2017

August 2017 School Board Update

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Budget Update July 2017
July 2017 School Board Update

June 13, 2017

Jeff Freeney, Project Manager, with KMB Architects delivered a construction progress report to the Shelton School Board of Directors. In his monthly report, Mr. Freeney detailed the progress made on the Districts voter-approved capital projects.

Shelton High School

In May staff joined the architect team to tour Tacoma's Wilson High School and Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. The purpose of these visits was to see how teaching is transformed into a 21st-century learning environment. The primary discussions were based on what teacher time would look like both in and out of the classroom. The group was able to visualize how space is shared and how learning can transform into a complete experience for students.

The three-story concept was preferred by the architecture committee as it will allow for more flexible learning spaces for students and will be adaptable to changing needs in the learning environment.

Mt. View Elementary

As the two-story concept continues to evolve for Mt. View Elementary, the Leadership Teams is focusing on what the typical day will look like within the school. Considerations are being made for both students and teachers, as well as the needs of food service and custodial staff. Open spaces within the building are being defined assuring the spaces are adaptable to the changing needs of learning for students.

Geotechnical and hazardous materials reports are expected to be completed in June with Pre-Application plans are expected to be submitted to City of Shelton, for both projects, in July or August of 2017.

The community is invited to be present during the monthly construction updates delivered to the School Board the second Tuesday of each month. The School Board meets at the Shelton High School Library, beginning at 6 p.m.

Complete KMB School Board Report June 2017

Budget Update June 2017

Construction Bonds Sold!

Bond Sale Report—Shelton School District No. 309

D.A. Davidson & Co. served as Underwriter on the Shelton School District No. 309 General Obligation Bonds, 2017 (the “Bonds”) on June 7, 2017, to provide funds for construction projects approved by voters in February 2017. The District took advantage of favorable municipal bond market conditions and sold new money bonds for construction projects. The District also sold $8,040,000 of refunding bonds used to refinance the 2006 bonds. The total net savings to the taxpayers will be $780,404, which is an 8% savings. The true interest cost of the new money bonds was 2.89% and the bond tax rate is expected to be $3.52 or lower depending on future assessed value growth.

Municipal Bond Market and Credit Ratings In the past 36 months, the municipal bond market has experienced one of the most volatile periods in recent history. The District approached Moody’s Investors Service for a reaffirmation of its A1 bond rating. The District’s excellent financial management and growing tax base were key elements that contributed to the securing of the District’s bond rating of A1. Such bond rating can be credited with the high number of investors purchasing the Bonds.


Bond Sale Report—Shelton School District No. 309 

May 9, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, Project Manager, Jeff Freeney, stood before the Shelton School Board of Directors to deliver his monthly Construction Bond update. The update included the progress the projects have made today as well as upcoming steps and a current budget. It is the intent of the Shelton School District, the School Board, and the Project Managers to assure the public that the Construction bond process is completed on budget and on time.

Package "A" Update - Shelton High School

NAC Architecture kicked off the Shelton High School project with Educational Specifications (Ed Specs) programming. They met with Leadership staff at Shelton High School, as well as program faculty and student representatives. To date, the groups have gathered twice with three additional workshops anticipated in May. The goal of the meetings is to develop the specific educational objectives to be met within the project. As the project is developing a theme and vision is forming at Shelton High School. The vision that is taking shape is a modern 21st Century learning can take place. The facility plan should allow teachers and students to work together in a non-traditional way, something offers flexibility and is adaptable to future needs.

It is the objective to create a facility within the allowable budget set forth in the bond passage. The additional of education space will ultimately serve as a blueprint for future modernizations on the Shelton High School Campus.

In the beginning of May, groups took a field trip to Wilson High School in Tacoma and Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup to view their facilities and how modern education is achieved in their classrooms.

Package "B" Update - Mt View Elementary

Erickson McGovern Architects began the Ed Spec process for Mt View Elementary school by meeting with faculty, food service and custodial staff at the end of March. The input was compiled and used to shape preliminary floor plan concepts presented to Principal, Dr. Jorge Nelson and the Mt View Leadership Team. Of the two preliminary floor plans presented initial preference was given to a 2-story design.

The second round of discussions took place with the faculty and specialists who occupy the Annex Building on the Mt View Campus. Feedback was gathered and preliminary plans will be presented in the coming weeks. An additional meeting will be scheduled with Maintenance, Food Service, and Transportation staff shortly.

Leadership teams also took a trip to neighboring Grapeview Elementary and Middle Schools to view their design and use of a flexible, multi-purpose space. Grapeview utilized a shared space for their gymnasium, commons area, and their stage/music room.

Ed Specs for Mt View is scheduled to be completed and presented to the School Board for approval in June.

Package "C" Update - Other District Projects

Utility identification and locations have been identified for projects in this package, topographical surveys have also been completed along with geotechnical explorations at the Mason County Transportation Co-op.

The completed Geotechnical Reports for all projects is expected to be delivered before the end of May. Hazardous Materials Surveying is expected to begin on all necessary sites in Mid-May. Additionally, it is anticipated that Pre-Application Permit submissions will be made to the City of Shelton that will include a conceptual plan for each project. The Mt. View project is anticipated to be submitted to the City of Shelton in June with the Shelton High School project being submitted in late summer.

May 2017 Budget Report

May 5, 2017

Shelton High School - Package A

NAC Architecture is working closely with District Staff, the Shelton High school Principal, and the Shelton High School Ed Specs Advisory Committee comprised of both staff and students at Shelton High School to develop preliminary plans for the classrooms and design at Shelton High School. After a preliminary Classroom Utilization Study, NAC Architects will develop concept drawings of classrooms based on the Utilization Study results.

Mountain View Elementary - Package B

Project Architect, Erickson McGovern recently toured the newly built Grapeview school with Mt View Staff to exhibit the proposed combining of Dining/Commons/Gymnasium/Stage concept within the Mt View project. Erickson McGovern Architects is currently working on a preliminary conceptual floor plan based on previously agreed-upon concepts and square footage.

Miscellaneous Bond Projects -Package C

MSGS Architects continues to review and plan to complete work for the Miscellaneous Bond Projects. They are currently awaiting results from the Hazardous Materials Surveys that were completed. The survey was performed on existing buildings scheduled for demolition. Once the Hazardous Materials results and Geotechnical Soil Analysis are received MSGS Architects will continue the planning necessary to complete this area of the project. With work on the High School Track scheduled for the summer of 2018 or 2019 MSGS will also begin work on a Track/Stadium Feasibility and Planning Study.

Reconfiguration Planning

Each school is currently forming Reconfiguration Committees, under the direction of Principals, these committees will begin to define the Scope of Work in their buildings in preparation for the Grade Reconfiguration that will occur the Fall of 2019. Careful and detailed planning will begin in August of 2017 in order to execute a smooth transition into the 2019-20 school year. This grade reconfiguration will shift our elementary schools to K-4 buildings. We will have a 5-6 intermediate school located at Olympic Middle School and a 7-8 intermediate school at Oakland Bay Jr High. With the reconfiguration, Shelton High School will once again become a 9-12 High School.

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April 21, 2017

In order to have a seamless transition with our grade reconfiguration in the Fall of 2019 plans must be made early. This week the Superintendent’s cabinet met to plan and schedule milestones for the District’s Grade Reconfiguration. We want to assure that things go smoothly with, what is certain to be, a very detailed transition. This plan will grow and evolve with input from all schools and staff over the coming months.

Shelton High School

Several meetings with Package A architects NAC Architecture planning the Ed Specs (Education Specifications) process for Shelton High School. NAC is currently working on a School Utilization Study, investigating classrooms and other spaces to determine utilization rates to ensure the right number of classrooms are built when the 9th Grade returns to the high school campus. There was an SHS Ed Specs Kick-Off Meeting with the Principal and a committee of staff and students, outlining the Ed Specs process and their involvement in the process.

Mountain View

Package B Architect Erickson McGovern continues the Ed Specs process with the staff at Mountain View. They also are working through staff needs and requests against the available budget. EMA also has begun site placement analysis of a one or two-story school campus.

Evergreen, Bordeaux, and CHOICE

Package C Architect, MSGS Architects, continues to review and plan for work on miscellaneous bond projects. They are currently awaiting survey reports and results of Geotechnical Soil Analysis to begin the first stages of their design. MSGS is also looking into options for the track at Shelton High School. They will determine if we can move forward with this project during the summer break.

Survey of school sites is continuing, the geotechnical engineer completed soil borings and test pits around the district. They will use the data from their observations to create a Geotechnical Soil Analysis (Soils Reports) for use by our Architects and Engineers to ensure the best systems are designed for our soils and all aspects of civil design work, from drainage to building foundations.
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Report to the School Board April 2017

Tuesday, April 11, the School board heard from Project Manager Jeff Freeney of KMB Architects. The update included a report on the preliminary work currently underway for each project.

Architects have been selected for each project and contracts are currently being reviewed prior to final approval. The contract for KMB Architects received approval From the School Board on Tuesday, KMB will oversee all the building projects in the Shelton School District functioning as Project Manager. KMB will report to the school board and be present at all future meetings with the various architecture firms involved; as well as meet with the District Leadership team. KMB will be responsible for reporting on the process, progress and budget. Contracts for Erickson McGovern and MSGS Architects are in review. The fee schedule for NAC Architecture, the architect for Shelton High School, will arrive this week. Once received a formal contract will follow.

Jeff Freeney, from KMB Architects, reported at Tuesday’s meeting, consultants are beginning preliminary work in the areas of survey, geotechnical and hazmat. In the coming days the local survey company, Agate Land Surveying will begin work surveying the necessary sites. GeoEngineers, of Tacoma, will be completing soil samples this week and the fee proposal from Med-Tox NW is in review. Each proposal received came in within the proposed budget.

March 13, 2017 was the first meeting with faculty and staff to begin the process of establishing the EdSpecs, (Educational Specifications) for the programs needed in the new Mt View building. This is the first step in the design process. These discussions will continue in the near future. Specifications will serve as the basis for preliminary design and floor plan concepts.

The projects at Evergreen, Bordeaux and CHOICE are set to move to the design phase as soon as this preliminary work is complete. The District Leadership team along with KMB Architects will be meeting weekly with each architecture team. KMB Architects will continue to provide updates to the school board during the first regularly scheduled board meeting of each month.

April 14, 2017

The Architects for Packages A, B and C are already hard at work on Programming, which is the first phase of their contract. The Programming phase is where all of the design planning occurs. It involves creating the Educational Specifications ("Ed Specs"). The Ed Specs is the design parameters for the school design created from feedback from all the different stakeholders. This includes students, staff, administration and our community. Meetings with staff and students will occur for the Mountain View and Shelton High School projects between now and the end of the school year to create the Ed Specs. Community meetings will be posted on this page when they are scheduled.

Other activities happening include surveying work of sites and geotechnical soil analysis. The District is using a local Mason County surveying firm, Agate Land Surveying​. A lot of up front work is needed before we can even begin the next stage of design with our architects. The next stage, Conceptual Design, will begin over the summer. This is when the first renderings of building elevations and floor plans will begin.

On Monday, we will have an update posted with the Board's Monthly Project Summary and Budget. Stay tuned to this page for updates and to track the exciting developments. Shelton Proud! Shelton Now!

March 28, 2017

NAC Architecture selected for Package A (SHS/OBJH)

Shelton School Board has selected NAC Architecture to provide the design for Package A (Shelton High School/OBJH). The Board approved the selection based on recommendations of the Architect Selection Review Committee and thorough checks of references. NAC is known for providing high-quality design focused on 21st-century learning environments. NAC has completed work on difficult High School integration projects similar to Shelton at Oak Harbor, Snohomish, and Auburn. Also, they recently completed the new Grapeview School project here in Mason County.
The District will begin coordinating with NAC Architecture to get them started on contracts and the educational specifications. Brent Compton, the Project Manager, and Boris Srdar​​​, the Senior Architect, of NAC Architecture were introduced to the community and the school board. They bring years of high school project experience to Shelton.

SHS property being surveyed

March 21, 2017

Architecture Firms interviewed for Package A (SHS/OBJH)

The Architect Selection Committee and the Shelton School Board met at Shelton High School to interview the three finalist architecture firms for Package A. BCRA, Rolluda Architects and NAC Architecture were interviewed. Three very different firms took an hour to explain what they can offer Shelton with their vision for Expansion at Shelton High School for Grade Reconfiguration.

After the conclusion of the interviews, the Selection Committee met and reviewed qualifications and interview responses from all three architecture firms. The committee was able to remove BCRA from the running, focusing on​ Rolluda and NAC. Reference checks would be used to determine a final selection between the two other firms.

Rolluda presents 3D model of their Shelton High School Proposal

Architecture Firms submit Qualifications for Consideration for Package A (SHS/OBJH)

The Architect Selection Committee scores proposals and shortlists three firmsMarch 17, 2017 - ​The Shelton School District received submittals of qualifications from five architecture firms by the deadline on March 17, 2017.

The Architect Selection Committee reviewed the submittals and narrowed down the list to the three best-qualified architecture firms. BCRA, Rolluda Architects and NAC Architecture were notified that they advanced to interviews. Interviews for Package A are scheduled for a Special Board Meeting open to the public on Tuesday, March 21st.

The Architect Selection Committee scores proposals and short lists three firms

Erickson McGovern and MSGS Architects selected for Package B (Mountain View) and Package C (Misc. Projects)

March 14, 2017 - The Shelton School Board approved the hiring of two architect firms that were recommended by the selection committee. Erickson McGovern Architects of Tacoma was selected for Package B, which includes the new Mountain View Elementary and misc. improvements at Olympic Middle School. MSGS Architects​ of Olympia was selected for Package C. Bill Sloane of Shelton is the Principal Architect of MSGS that will oversee their work for the District at Bordeaux, Evergreen, CHOICE and Misc. District buildings.

District staff have begun preliminary meetings with those two firms while we have opened up applications for the third project which is the SHS construction. The applications for the SHS project close on Friday, March 17th and we are planning on conducting interviews the following week.

​We will soon start meetings with the staff to gather input into the educational specifications for the projects. Future public meetings for community feedback will be scheduled further along in design. Stay tuned to this page for dates and times.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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