Spokane Journal of Business

Mead school district seeks bids on $14 million school project

Shiloh Hills contractor set to be selected next month

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The Mead School District has sent out a request for bids for more than $14 million worth of additions and modernizations at 34-year-old Shiloh Hills Elementary School, at 505 E. Stonewall, in the Nevada Lidgerwood neighborhood on Spokane’s North Side.

The district hopes to select a general contractor by Dec. 14, says Ned Wendle, Mead School District’s director of facilities and planning.

MMEC Architecture & Interiors LLC, of Spokane, is the project architect, and Spokane-based LSB Consulting Engineers PLLC is the industrial engineer assigned to the project, says the permit application for the design-bid-build project.

“Right now, we’re looking at starting construction during spring break (the first week of April) and moving those kids off-site to the old Northwood (Middle School),” Wendle says.

The old Northwood school is located at 13120 N. Pittsburg, near Mead, more than three miles northeast of Shiloh Hills Elementary.

When finished, the additional 11,000 square feet of space at Shiloh Hills will bring the school to more than 60,000 square feet of space.

Meanwhile, says Wendle, Spokane-based Garco Construction Inc. is moving ahead of its schedule and expects to complete construction of the new $29 million Northwood Middle School during Christmas break next month.

“We’re hoping to deliver Northwood and have classes taking place in there the first of January,” Wendle says.

The new school is located just south of the 56-year-old current facility. ALSC Architects PS, of Spokane, designed the school. Construction began there in late 2016.

As for Shiloh Hills’ sister school—Midway Elementary—located at 821 E. Midway, in Colbert, additions and renovations continue there after starting a few months ago, Wendle says. Like Shiloh Hills, Midway opened in 1983.

The Mead School District topped the 10,000-student enrollment mark for the first time in September, Wendle says.

In the Spokane School District, capital projects director Greg Forsyth says the second phase of construction at North Central High School, at 1600 N. Howard, will start next month and wrap up in January as the former commons area will be converted to a photo studio and black box theater.

That effort is part of an overall $17.5 million modernization that includes construction of a new cafeteria and commons building that connects to new and older parts of the school.

Spokane-based NAC Architecture and Graham Construction Inc., also of Spokane, are the project architect and general contractor, respectively.

The most substantial project under construction is the expansion and historic renovation of Franklin Elementary School, at 2627 E. 17th on the South Hill. ALSC is the project architect, and Garco is the general contractor-construction manager for the project.

“We’ve got the students from Franklin over at what we call ‘Camp Franklin’ in the old Jefferson school building at the corner of 37th and Grand,” Forsyth says.

The $26 million project will update the original structure and replace nine portable classrooms with a 17,000-square-foot addition to bring the school up to the district’s new standard elementary school size of 65,000 square feet, he says.

Franklin was constructed in the Lincoln Heights area in 1909 and was expanded in 1953. Construction there is expected to be finished in the summer, Forsyth says.

In March, construction of a new Linwood Elementary School, located at 906 W. Weile, on Spokane’s North Side, is scheduled to start.

The replacement is expected to cost $22.5 million. Students will remain in the current 45,000-square-foot building while the new facility is being built, Forsyth says.

Spokane-based Integrus Architecture PS is designing the new Linwood school, and the project has yet to go out for bid, he says.

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