Located in Pullayup, Wash., The Ballou Junior High School project is the Puyallup School District’s first GC-CM project. The project is well-suited for the GC-CM delivery method because the work is immersed in occupied facilities. Ballou’s campus has 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 is temporarily serving as the home for Karshner Elementary which burned down in an Independence Day arson tragedy last year. Once Karshner is rebuilt, the Old Firgrove building is scheduled for demolition as part of this project. Ballou’s existing library is being 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 will be remodeled to accommodate special education programs. Ballou is the only middle school in the district without an auxiliary gym, so this project also includes a 4,700 SF aux gym addition.
Current Project Status:
The new 17,100 SF stand-alone building (Building 500) is at the close-out/commissioning phase. On-site crews are working diligently to complete Building 500 by 5/5/21 as teachers and student will move in on 5/11/21. The 4,700 SF building (Building 400) is currently in the phase of sheetrock, paint, and MEP Rough-in. Flashing and siding is wrapping up and will be complete next week. Installation of storefront doors and windows is to begin week of 5/3/21. Work in the existing library (Building 200) will begin on May 12. Crews will start with safe and capping the existing electrical, HVAC, and fire suppression systems. The demolition of Building 200 will then start. Once the demo of two portions is finished, Garco crews will begin their framing.
Will be ready for 2021-2022 school year!