It’s showtime at the new Seaside High School and Seaside Middle School campus, as the new building recently debuted for high schoolers.
The new building, the product of a $99.7 million bond from voters passed in 2016 to move schools out of the tsunami zone, received a certificate of occupancy from Bob Mitchell, Seaside’s director of building and code enforcement, in March.
Construction project manager Jim Henry told the Seaside School District board in March that students and staff were field-testing doors, windows, carpet and bathrooms.
“We’re getting a few reports of things that need some assistance, but that’s not unusual when everyone moves back in,” Henry said.
Science room ventilation, high school gym floor repair and “hurricane hardware” — door seals, door bottoms and sweeps — are among tasks ahead, Henry said.
Exterior remediation is 95% complete, Henry said, a process that replaced 22,000 linear square feet of weather barrier after the first application failed to meet specifications. Cost for repair is covered by insurance under Hoffman Construction.
Athletic field drainage issues are sorted out, and field reseeding was set to take place in late March or April.
The intergovernmental agreement between the school district and the city for the reservoir property above the school was completed last Friday. The 3.28-acre reservoir site, part of 130 acres donated to the school district by Weyerhaeuser Co. in 2016 prior to the bond vote, was annexed by the city in October.
Budgeted at $5.56 million, the 5-million gallon reservoir project totaled $5.84 million after change orders. The reservoir provides water to the new middle school and high school building as well as Pacific Ridge Elementary. It also serves portions of Seaside.
Overall campus construction is expected to reach $131 million, Henry said, presenting a chart indicating budget and district payments. “The blue line is what we projected. The green line is our current path. We’re getting very close to our revised budget has been. As long as we can keep the green line below the blue line, I think we’ll be doing OK.”
At Pacific Ridge Elementary, construction is close to completion, with some woodwork, information technology and final furniture items.
The wetland area will be replenished with willow trees and plants, with an emphasis on animal-resistant plantings.
“We had some plants in the storm water ponds which unexpectedly are favored by elk,” Henry said. “They are being replaced at no cost to the district. We’ve also had some of the same problems as everyone else in town with hoof tracks, grass clumps pulled up, and ‘elk-duds.’”