2018 Bond Construction Updates
Ellensburg School District is is thankful for the community's support in passing our Bond. We know it will have a positive impact on our community and the students we serve. This is why we a so committed to keeping the public informed of all aspects surrounding the Bond. Book mark this page and be kept up-to-date as we watch our community grow.
- Notice of Public Hearing
- Public Hearing Information Packet
- School Design Committee
- FAQ's for Mt. Stuart New Construction In Lieu of Modernization Option
- OAC Construction Manager Presentations
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Resolution No. 05.02.19, that the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of Ellensburg School District No. 401, Kittitas County, Washington (the ”District”) will hold a public hearing on February 27, 2019, starting at 5:30 PM, or as soon thereafter as possible, Lincoln Elementary, 200 South Sampson Street, Ellensburg, Washington. The purpose of the public hearing is to: (a) consider whether certain state or local circumstances should cause alterations to the specific expenditures from the proceeds of the District’s general obligation bonds and State of Washington financing assistance originally authorized in Resolution No. 06.10.18 to permit the District to construct a new replacement Mount Stuart Elementary School, on or near its existing site, in lieu of expanding and renovating Mount Stuart Elementary School (the “Alteration”); and (b) receive public testimony. If the Board determines that the Alteration is in the best interests of the District, the Board may, at a future public meeting, adopt a new resolution or amend Resolution No. 06.10.18 approving the Alteration.
All residents of the District wishing to be heard should appear at the public hearing and present their views. Alternatively, or in addition, interested residents may submit their views in writing and deliver them to: Brian Aiken, Executive Director of Business Services, 1300 East 3rd Avenue, Ellensburg, WA 98926, on or before the date of the public hearing. Copies of Resolution No. 05.02.19, which set the time and place for the public hearing will be posted on the District website at https://www.esd401.org/ or may be obtained by contacting Matt Cziske, Administrative Assistant to Superintendent, at 509.925.8010.
Comprised of teachers, staff students and members of our community, Design Committee serves to help guide the vision for our new elementary school. We appreciate the voice an perspective these folks bring to the discussion table. Meetings take place at Morgan Middle School in the library from 6-8:00 pm. Dates for the meetings are: January 30, February 12th, February 26th, March 14th, March 26th and April 11th, 2019. These meetings are open to the public.
Links to notes from the meeting will be listed below as they become available.
Mt. Stuart Elementary School
New Construction In Lieu of Modernization Option
Frequently Asked Questions
- 1.What did the original bond plan envision for the Mt. Stuart project?
Response: The original bond plan was to modernize the existing facility and annex building and construct approximately 15,400 square feet of new classrooms and educational support spaces. The Mt. Stuart staff and students were going to move in temporarily to the new school in August 2021. The modernization and small new construction additions to Mt. Stuart project was to start in July 2021. Mt. Stuart’s original project completion date is January 2023.
- 2.What is the current Mt. Stuart project budget?
Response: The bond project budget is $23 million dollars and has not changed.
- 3.Is the District eligible to receive state funding assistance to fund the project?
Response: It is estimated that the District is eligible for approximately $5 million dollars in state funding assistance.
- 4.If new construction is used will we lose any state funding assistance?
Response: No. The project has 38, 104 square feet in state funding assistance of square foot eligibility using either new or modernization. The 1996 gym addition to Mt Stuart is not eligible for state funding assistance.
- 5.Are their any portions of the existing Mt. Stuart building that are salvageable?
Response: As part of the analysis, the District project/construction manager and architect have reviewed in detail the building condition assessment report and recommend that the 1996 gym addition is a potential asset the District should review whether it should be retained as instructional space or other educational support activities. This option is being considered and no decision has been made on the gym’s disposition.
- 6.If the Board is considering designing and constructing a new Mt Stuart Elementary School are there opportunities for public input on this option?
Response: The Revised Code of Washington requires the Board subsequently determines that state or local circumstances should cause any alteration to the specific expenditures from the debt financing or of the state assistance, the Board shall conduct a public hearing to consider those circumstance and receive public testimony. If the Board then determines that any such alterations are in the best interests of the District, it may adopt and new resolution or amend the original resolution at a public meeting held after the meeting at which public testimony was received. Public hearing and testimony will be held on February 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Lincoln Elementary School. After considering public testimony, the Board may choose (or not) to adopt a new resolution or amend the current resolution to construct a new Mt. Stuart Elementary School at its March 13, 2019 regular board meeting.
- 7.What state or local circumstances has the District considered that would cause an alteration to the original bond plan and expenditure of debt or state assistance?
Response: The following circumstances that could impact the Mt Stuart project are:
- a.Significant regional construction market forecast and projects: Central and Eastern Washington construction markets project approximately $700 million dollars in new construction projects within the next 2-3 years in public and private construction projects. The District’s bond projects are in that projection.
- b.High demand and premium for quality general contractors and subcontractors: Given the forecast above, general contracts and more importantly the subcontractor community will be stressed to ‘man each project’. Thus, general contractors and subcontractors are being very strategic in their business plans on which projects and owners they desire to pursue. The Board and District’s marketing strategy is to make its project very appealing to the general contractor and subcontracting community.
- c.Current market conditions in construction materials and commodities are escalating higher than normal then was estimated in bond planning budgets. Given the bond budgets, our project/construction management and architectural firms tested the budgets against the current and project market conditions. The construction industry is experiencing escalation over the next 2-3 years to total 12-15% percent over current prices. The bond budget did not anticipate this high of escalation factor.
- d.Mt Stuart project budget validation and project delivery. Since bond passage and given the circumstances above which will impact the budget, the District took the time with its consultants to test the options to modernize or construct a new Mt. Stuart. They used current and future market conditions and pricing and conducted an external estimate separately from the bond budgets. They used current subcontractors pricing on relevant projects and market conditions to revise the budget. Their analysis confirms at this stage of conceptual planning and support the state/local circumstances above that:
- It is less costly to build a new Mt. Stuart Elementary School than modernize and construct new space onto the existing school.
- Owner’s construction contingency budget is less than modernization due to less unknowns and less risk on a new facility
- State fees for architectural and engineering services are less in designing a new facility versus modernization – the design effort to investigate current facility issues and marry them with new designs take longer and additional work effort.
- Constructing a new school allows for better design, efficient use of space and program alignment then the existing Mt. Stuart facility.
- There is some residual value to retain a portion of the existing Mt. Stuart facility. The 1996 gym is being considered with options to retain it and perform minor construction to this facility.
- Less disruption to educational teaching/learning and less moves. A new school will be constructed on the existing site with minimal impact to staff, students and public safety and use of the existing facility.
- If new construction is the desired option, the project will begin now and be completed in time for a January 2022 move in – one year ahead of the current plan. This saves money on the project.
- Combine the new elementary school and Mt Stuart new construction into a single project and bid both schools with one general contractor. The approach to combine both projects creates a larger project that increases general contractors and regional subcontractors’ interest in the project.
- If approved, the District intends to combine both projects into one and use the alternate public works project delivery method called General Contractor/Construction Manager as authorized by the Revised Code of Washington. These approaches bring greater buying power in terms of construction materials and quantities and less cost in contractor overhead and supervision. The proximity of the two sites make it ideal to efficiently schedule and move construction crews to and from each site.