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Project Update: Ballou Junior High School November Update

By November 16, 2020 No Comments

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 this 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 dry-in phase, Garco crews are weatherizing the building’s remaining openings with blankets and heaters are running inside to allow work to continue through the winter months. The footings, concrete slab, exterior walls, roof joists and plywood roofing are in place. Permanent roofing will take place later this month. Interior walls and final fastening is taking place to complete the move onto other tasks in the building. Mechanical and electrical crews are continuing throughout the building. Building 500 needs to be done prior to the demolition/remodel of the existing library. The 4,700 SF building (Building 400) is on a schedule that runs a few weeks behind Building 500 – concrete walls and slab are placed. The mechanical and electrical crews are finished with their underground runs and Garco crews started framing the wood walls week of a couple weeks ago. Walls are beginning to placed, while joists and structural steel will be on-site to erect next week. Ballou’s transformer and main switchgear will be fully replaced over the holiday break while the building is unoccupied.

Anticipated Completion:

Will be ready for 2021-2022 school year!