Located in Pullayup, Wash., the Ballou Junior High School project was the Puyallup School District’s first GC-CM project. The project was well-suited for the GC-CM delivery method because the work is immersed in occupied facilities. Ballou’s campus had four existing buildings of varying ages, connected by outdoor courtyards and pathways. The overall campus includes two other occupied schools, New Firgrove Elementary and Old Firgrove Elementary. Old Firgrove was temporarily serving as the home for Karshner Elementary which burned down in an Independence Day arson tragedy. Once Karshner was rebuilt, the Old Firgrove building was scheduled for demolition as part of this project. Ballou’s existing library was replaced with a brand new library in a new 17,100 SF stand-alone building along with six new classrooms and two new science classrooms. The existing library space was remodeled to accommodate special education programs. Ballou was the only middle school in the district without an auxiliary gym, so this project also included a 4,700 SF aux gym addition.