Kalama Elementary School Frequently Asked Questions
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Your Project Team
Architect - BLRB Architects P.S.
Greg McCracken, Principal-in-Charge
Jonah Jensen, Project Manager (503) 595-0270 firstname.lastname@example.org
General Contractor - Emerick
Ted Jeffery, Project Manager (503) 302-3123 email@example.com
David Haggard, Superintendent (503) 679-6593 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Why are construction costs so high? Construction costs throughout Western Washington, and specifically Southwestern Washington, have been escalating over the last two years at historically unprecedented high rates. These construction cost escalations have been well documented in the Daily Journal of Commerce, Seattle Times and Portland Tribune.
Kalama School Budget
Is the school project over budget and what is being done to mitigate this concern?
The project is NOT over budget.
In February 2019, the project underwent an extensive and thoughtful budget reconciliation and Value Analysis/Value Engineering (VE) process to address construction cost increases and align budgets.
Currently, the project is within the project contingency budget because of the on going VE.
Currently, the design and construction team are finalizing construction documents of the Elementary School for final bidding and estimating.
$XX Elementary School Budget
Overall Project Impact
How did the budget reconciliation impact the projects?
Budget reconciliation process encompassed a broad range of items which did not impact scope or program to align budgets, including:
Cost Estimate refinement by Contractor and Design Team
Increased Maximum Allowable Construction Cost through contingencies and refined budget analysis
Construction Scheduling and Phasing
Primary Budget reconciliation items for the New Elementary School are as follows:
Off-site scope reductions
Baseball Field Relocation
Exterior Finishes refinement
Interior Casework Reductions
Metal Roof replacement with membrane roof
Displacement Ventilation in lieu of Mechanical Cooling
Why was cooling eliminated from the projects?
Cooling was NOT eliminated from the existing High School building or the Middle School Addition.
Both the existing High School building and Middle School Addition will be provided with mechanical cooling.
The New Elementary School will utilize a Displacement Ventilation System in lieu of mechanical cooling system to reduce both initial capital costs and long-term operational costs. The building has been designed to support appropriate school environments and include the following passive cooling features:
Superior thermal envelope (roofs & walls)
Building orientation to reduce solar gain and glare
High performance Low-E glazing
Sunshades at south facing windows
Operable windows at most classrooms