The Seaside School District campus construction project “has a few more months to go but we’re moving forward,” project manager Jim Henry said at last Tuesday’s school board meeting. The project dashboard shows the budget and schedule behind, while scope and community engagement are on target. Project cost is expected to reach $131 million. To date, the district has paid about $127 million in expenses.
The project, authorized by voters by a bond in 2016 to move students from schools in the tsunami inundation zone, includes completion of exterior work at the middle school and high school building and interior work at Pacific Ridge Elementary School.
In January, elementary school crews finished kitchen and electrical work. At the middle and high school, crews provided interior finishes and added panels on the west side.
The school district is finishing replacement of 22,000 linear square feet of weather barrier after the first application failed to meet specifications.
“Weather remediation is basically complete on the west side,” Henry said. “We’re really happy to see that move on.”
Ahead, crews will replace door thresholds at the high school and middle school, and exterior work anticipated to be complete before March.
Site concerns include field drainage issues. “We’ve been trying to get to the bottom of that for a few months,” Henry said. “For some reason the field isn’t draining as designed, so Hoffman (Construction Co.) has dug up some areas and we’re working on a solution.”
Landscaping repairs will take place after remediation is over. “They’ll be looking at that for six to eight weeks once we get into spring weather,” Henry said.