At their Sept. 23 meeting, the School Board took action on these items related to the Sumner High School construction project:
- Motioned to reaffirm the Board’s commitment to the Sumner High School Master Plan and Phase 1 Implementation Consistent with the 2016 capital projects bond
- Adopted Resolution No. 2/20-21: Revocation of Resolution No. 15/17-18 and Substitution of Authorized District Personnel Relating to Sumner School Modernization and Expansion (Phase 1)
- Adopted Resolution No. 3/20-21: Approval of Value Engineering Sumner High School
At their Sept. 16 meeting, the School Board heard a presentation on the project's value engineering report and master plan:
Sumner High School Expansion Phase 1
Progress continues on several aspects of the Phase 1 Expansion of Sumner High School! Here’s the latest on this 2016 Bond project, which is on schedule for completion in Fall 2022:
- Removing 8 portable classrooms and 2 office trailers, making way for 36 parking stalls to be added back in the North Lot for use when school starts.
- Dry weather is allowing us to now complete work on the District-own vacant lots around SHS. Finishing work includes filling in foundations and final site stabilization.
- The City of Sumner is reviewing parking lot plans for the vacant lot next to the Elhi Hill High School Program on Meeker Street across from SHS. With this parking lot expansion, a total of 53 parking stalls will serve both Elhi Hill and SHS.
- Value engineering study is complete. The construction team will present implementation and design development plans to the School Board on Aug. 19. A link to the virtual board meeting will be posted online at least 24 hours prior to the meeting on the “agendas & minutes” page.
Sumner High School Expansion Phase 1
Work on Sumner High School Expansion Phase 1 continues moving forward on time and on budget, using funds from the 2016 Construction Bond. Anticipated completion is Fall 2022. Here’s a roundup of progress associated with the Expansion Phase 1 project:
- Schematic Design for Phase 1 is complete. The design will soon be presented to the School Board for formal acceptance. School Board meetings and agendas.
- Demolition of 13 vacant, District-owned houses around SHS is complete. In about a month, or when the weather dries, fill and grading will be completed to prepare for construction associated with Phase 1.
- Expansion of the Meeker Avenue parking lot, located at the Elhi Hill High School Program site across from SHS, is designed and in the permitting process. This will add 26 parking stalls for a total of 53 stalls to serve both Elhi Hill and SHS. The parking lot expansion also includes landscaping and fencing.
Sumner High School Expansion Phase 1
As the schematic design for Phase 1 is wrapping up, our team will put the design through a value engineering process, in which an independent consultant reviews the current design concepts to identify potential opportunities for cost effectiveness and efficiency, and to identify alternatives that might offer cost benefits or improve project quality.
The completed schematic design and the value engineering recommendations will then be presented to the School Board, as well as the District’s recommendation for which value engineering measures to adopt. Dates for School Board presentation have not yet been determined.
Sumner High School Expansion Phase 1
- Schematic design is nearly complete. What’s a schematic design? It’s a plan that details the scope, budget and schedule of the project, and includes descriptions of the building’s structural, mechanical, electrical systems, and interior and exterior materials. Next step: Request bids for value engineering analysis, which identifies potential cost savings.
- Demolition of 13 vacant, District-owned houses near SHS is complete. Next step: Add fill to the vacant lots when the weather improves and the sites are dry.
Sumner High School: Phase 1 Expansion
School Board unanimously approves phased Master Plan approach for modernization and expansion of Sumner High School
At the June 18 School Board meeting, Superintendent Dent presented two recommendations to the Board regarding the path forward for Sumner High School’s modernization and expansion project. The School Board unanimously approved:
- Implementation of the Sumner High School Project Review Task Force's recommendation for a phased Master Plan approach for the modernization and expansion of Sumner High School, which consists of an Initial Phase to be built now, and a future buildout of facilities under the Master Plan.
- Engaging consultants to plan for a bond proposition, which is necessary to carry out buildout of the Master Plan, with the goal to put a bond proposition before the voters as soon as reasonably possible.
Next, the District will form a Facilities Steering Committee that will work with a construction management firm, with the assistance of a facilitator, to consider the facilities and timing of full buildout of the Master Plan as well as other District needs. Stay tuned for more information on the Facilities Steering Committee and the SHS project timeline.
May 14 SHS Task Force Meeting
On May 14, the SHS Project Review Task Force met for their fourth and final meeting to review and discuss final concepts for project pathway, identify preferred concept(s), and discuss and finalize recommendations in light of state and local circumstances. Read a detailed summary of Meeting #4.
The public is invited to learn about the Task Force’s recommendations for a path forward for the modernization and expansion of Sumner High School in light of state and local circumstances:
Public Meetings (meeting format and content are identical)
· May 28: 6-7:30 p.m., Sumner Middle School (1508 Willow St. in Sumner)
· May 29: 6-7:30 p.m., Lakeridge Middle School (5909 Myers Rd E in Bonney Lake)
Public Meeting Agenda
· 6:00 p.m.: Meeting begins
· 6:15 p.m.: Presentation
· 6:45 p.m.: Audience Q&A
· 7:00 p.m.: Open house
· 7:30 p.m.: Meeting ends
SHS Task Force Meeting: May 14
The public is invited to attend the fourth and final meeting of the Sumner High School Project Review Task Force, who will: review and discuss final concepts for project pathway, identify preferred concept(s), and discuss and finalize recommendations in light of state and local circumstances. Final Task Force meeting: May 14, 8-10 a.m., Central Office Board Room.
The public is also invited to attend one of two identical SHS Project Review Public Meetings to learn about the Task Force’s recommendations for a path forward for the modernization and expansion of the high school. Presentation begins at 6:15 p.m. at both meetings.
- May 28: 6-7:30 p.m., Sumner Middle School (1508 Willow St)
- May 29: 6-7:30 p.m., Lakeridge Middle School (5909 Myers Rd E)
Learn more: http://bit.ly/2vUvEWc
Task Force continues review and evaluation
The SHS Project Review Task Force met for its third meeting on April 30 to continue its review and evaluation, in light of state and local circumstances, of the High School modernization and expansion project. Further development of the Master Plan concepts, to be built out in phases, was presented to the Task Force. The Initial Phase would implement the goals of the 2016 Capital Projects Bond, including needed additional classrooms, a new commons and kitchen, a new library, and improved circulation in the High School. Each concept also included a Master Plan to evaluate the Initial Phase in relationship to future buildout, including potential facilities. The Task Force also considered different timelines for planning and construction of facilities under a Master Plan and supported separate bond funding to complete future buildout under a Master Plan. The public is invited to the Task Force’s final meeting on May 14 from 8-10 a.m. in the District Central Office. Learn more about the third Task Force meeting, including meeting handouts: http://bit.ly/
Save the Date: SHS Project Public Meetings, May 28 & 29
Mark your calendar to attend one of two public meetings, where interested individuals will learn about the SHS Project Review Task Force’s recommendations for a path forward for the modernization and expansion of Sumner High School in light of state and local circumstances.
SHS Task Force Meeting: April 30
The SHS Project Review Task Force will continue discussions of potential phased master plan concepts and will provide guidance to develop a recommended path at its third meeting on April 30 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Central Office Board Room. The public is invited to the meeting. Check out the full agenda at www.sumnersd.org/SHSTaskForce.
Task Force sees new SHS plan concepts
The SHS Project Review Task Force met for its second meeting on April 16. A robust agenda was presented, including a detailed review and evaluation of the original bid design and the re-tooled (revised) design, and new plan concepts that could fit into an initial phase and a phased master plan. View the April 16 meeting summary and handouts: http://bit.ly/2GuRbL1. The public is invited to the next Task Force meeting: April 30, 8-10 a.m., Central Office. Learn more about the Task Force at www.sumnersd.org/SHSTaskForce.
Task Force Orientation Meeting
The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District’s Sumner High School Project Review Task Force met for its introductory meeting on Tuesday, March 26th. The Task Force was convened to provide advice to the District on how to proceed with modernizing and expanding Sumner High School in light of current state and local circumstances. At the meeting, the Superintendent recognized the legacy of the significant connection between Sumner High School and the community and the importance of evaluating the project in the context of the entire campus to continue that legacy for future generations. The Task Force was introduced to the project, was provided background on the goals of the 2016 Bond measure, and learned about changed circumstances since the Bond passage and project constraints.
Hainline & Associates, an experienced construction management firm in educational facilities, engaged by the District to assist the Task Force to develop a path forward for the project and the Sumner High School campus, provided the Task Force with an outline of how they will work iteratively with the Task Force to develop, evaluate and narrow options for the path forward. The Task Force members provided Hainline with a list of questions and information desired to inform their work. The list included items such as the condition of the current buildings, clarification on the project budget, the need to increase classroom capacity for programs, the facilities and uses on the campus, and many more.
The Task Force will meet again on Wednesday, April 16th, at the District Central Office, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
Sumner High School Project Review Task Force Members Selected
The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District selected 20 members to serve on the newly-formed Sumner High School Project Review Task Force, charged with the review, study, and evaluation of the modernization and expansion of the high school in light of current state and local circumstances, and making a recommendation to the superintendent for direction of the project.
Lead by Hainline & Associates, Inc., with the assistance of a neutral facilitator, EnviroIssues, the Task Force will meet over the next two months, applying their individual and collective planning, construction, and industry experience and expertise to consider concepts and provide input on development of options and ultimately recommending a path forward for expanding and modernizing Sumner High School given current conditions.
Task Force Members (bios)
Task Force Meetings
The public is welcome to attend Task Force meetings, which are scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m. on March 26, April 16, April 30 and May 14 at the District’s Central Administration Office (1202 Wood Ave. in Sumner). Meetings are subject to change.
Task Force Process
- Hainline will discuss the High School campus features, provide concepts and present to the Task Force various modernization and expansion strategies to guide the Task Force.
- The Task Force will provide input, including suggestions for revisions to the concepts.
- Working iteratively with the Task Force, Hainline will refine concepts and present potential options for the Task Force’s consideration. Hainline and the Task Force will work to identify pros and cons and consider how options meet the goals of the District bond.
- The Task Force will seek to come to agreement on a path forward to recommend to the superintendent an option for expanding and modernizing Sumner High School.
Find more information about the Sumner High School Project Review Task Force at www.sumnersd.org/SHSTaskForce.
12/12/18District to take additional time to review, study and evaluate Sumner High School modernization project
Q & A:
District to take additional time to review, study and evaluate Sumner High School modernization project
• How and who came up with the list of projects for the 2016 Capital Projects bond?
• What was the process for evaluating needs and creating a final list of projects for the bond?
• When were cost estimates calculated for the total 2016 bond needs and also for each of the bond projects? Since that time, have there been factors that have required the District to re-evaluate project scopes and timelines?
• Was there a process to include the public when determining the 2016 bond projects?
• How does the Bond Planning Committee factor in long-range planning when, for example, determining if a school should be modernized/expanded versus replaced?
• How and who determines the order and timeline of projects?
• Are there factors that might change the originally-planned sequencing of projects?
• Why wasn’t Sumner High School placed higher on the list for planning/construction to begin?
• Why do we need upgraded middle school tracks and fields? Why were they completed before Sumner High School?
• What is the District doing right now about addressing reports of mold at Sumner High School?
• Regardless of the option and timeline the school board chooses to move forward with the Sumner High School project, will health and safety issues be fixed right now?
• What is the student capacity of Sumner High School?
• Does the current building’s capacity accommodate the current student population?
• Is there opportunity for public input on the Sumner High School project?
Revised Sumner High modernization redesign unveiled; School Board to study options
At the Nov. 19 Study Session, architects presented a revised design for the Sumner High School modernization project. Due to extraordinarily high construction costs, the District must make substantial changes from the original design that went out for bid in October.
The School Board will further examine the revised design scope, costs and timeline, and consider options and opportunities that will create a school with features and benefits our students, staff and community deserve.
At the Dec. 12 board meeting, the School Board will take action on the direction of the Sumner High School project. At that time, the District will determine next steps, which will be communicated to the public.
We promise that Sumner High School, steeped in tradition of everlasting loyalty and support, will remain the heart of the Sumner community.
Sumner High modernization project design to be revised
After construction bids came in higher than expected on the Sumner High School modernization project, the School Board authorized the District develop a revised design that still meets educational and safety needs.
An unusually high volume of construction projects in the market and other factors necessitate a revised design that will reduce costs in this construction climate, in part, by modernizing more existing space and constructing less new space. The revised design will keep these elements as promised in the 2016 capital construction bond, including:
- Safety and security improvements
- Science, music and general classroom expansion
- Commons (cafeteria) expansion
- Restroom and hallway expansion
- Modernization of existing building, including administration/student services area, library, classrooms, food service area, support spaces and building infrastructure
- Site improvements, such as parking and parent/bus drop-off lanes, and removal of portables
Another cost-savings opportunity is realized through project sequencing and an adjusted timeline. The redesign will include site work, a classroom addition and modernization, which allows for more competitive bidding among contractors and a streamlined work plan.
At this time, with a sequencing approach, the District anticipates starting work in Summer 2019 with partial completion in Fall 2020 and full completion in Fall 2021.
Sumner High School modernization project is met with delays, refined design
Last week, construction bids came in higher than expected on the Sumner High School modernization project, causing the project team to reimagine a new design with substantial cost savings.
Due to a historically-aggressive construction market steeped with high demand and costs, coupled with a complex project, the sole bid came in well over the project’s construction budget.
With a better idea of market costs, architects went back to the drawing table and created a refined and more simplified design for the Sumner High School modernization project – cutting costs by an estimated 30 percent – that still meets educational and safety needs while keeping our promise to voters in a fiscally-prudent manner.
A process is underway with the project team, including design partners, consultants, the city of Sumner and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, to further refine the design and work toward a concept that significantly reduces costs.
A combination of the high construction market, a new design and permitting delays mean a revised project timeline. At this time, with a phased approach, the District anticipates starting work in Summer 2019 with partial completion in Fall 2020 and full completion in Fall 2021.