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How has the district been a good steward of taxpayer dollars

The Long-Term Facilities Task Force outlined several recommendations for the district to implement that would drive down cost while still improving the educational experience. Recommendations such as (but not limited to): Exploring best practices in school design and lean building principles, and exploring the viability and efficacy of refurbishing versus rebuilding on a school by school basis.
The district applied these recommendations in their Facility Planning/Building Process with a goal of reducing cost. These steps include:
1 – Completing preliminary cost estimates using a professional cost estimating firm (pre-design work and new in-lieu studies)
2 – Implementing a Project Advisory Committee of experts to engage in the design process
3 – Engaging cost control expertise to monitor and manage project costs
4 – Implementing value engineering to improve projects and cost/benefit decisions

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How does the cost of Juanita High School compare to other schools in the area?

The district implemented a new process to assess the various options for updating Juanita HS in this bond proposal.  The district engaged outside expertise to determine the most efficient Juanita HS approach by convening a workshop of 4 different contractors, architects, project management, district staff, and a Long-Term Facilities Task Force member.

School/ District

Square Footage

Construction Contract

Contract Date

$/SF

2016 $/SF

Description

Auburn High School/Auburn

275,300

$80,300,000

Jan 2013

$292

$321

Replace existing school

Sammamish High School/ Bellevue

286,500

$87,446,000

May 2013

$305

$342

Replace existing school

Northcreek High School/Northshore

248,700

$95,186,000

Dec 2014

$382

$411

Build new school

Tahoma High School/Tahoma

321,300

$113,732,000

May 2015

$354

$390

Build new school

Juanita High School/LWSD

217,000

$82,460,000

$380

Replace existing school

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How do Middle School Project Costs compare?

School/ District

Square Footage

Construction Contract

Contract Date

$/SF

2016 $/SF

Description

Chinook MS/Bellevue

142,000

$40,535,000

May 2012

$285

$320

Replace existing school

Issaquah MS/ Issaquah

128,500

$47,431,000

Mar 2014

$369

$396

Build new school

Odle MS/Bellevue

144,000

$45,892,000

Apr 2014

$319

$342

Replace existing school

Islander MS/Mercer Is.

93,000

$32,977,000

Jan 2015

$355

$369

Replace existing school

Middle School #4/Renton

120,000

$38,343,000

Feb 2015

$319

$331

Build new school

New Middle School/LWSD

134,000

$47,570,000

$355

Build new school

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How do Elementary School projects’ costs compare?

School/ District

Square Footage

Construction Contract

Contract Date

$/SF

2016 $/SF

Description

Briarwood ES/ Issaquah

70,000

$20,497,000

Jun 2011

$292

$334

Replace existing school

Elementary #4/ Mercer Is.

77,000

$29,700,000

Apr 2014

$386

$414

Build new school

Enatai ES/ Bellevue

93,000

$39,977,000

Apr 2015

$355

$369

Replace existing school

Lake Stickney ES/ Mukilteo

74,200

$23,200,000

Apr 2015

$313

$325

Replace existing school

Sunny Hills ES/ Issaquah

80,000

$25,417,000

May 2015

$317

$330

Replace existing school

New Elementary Schools/LWSD

78,000

$26,520,000

$340

Replace existing school(s) and build new schools

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