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Kalama Elementary School Frequently Asked Questions

If you have more questions, please reach out to Eric Nerison, Kalama's School Superintendent. (360) 673-5282 eric.nerison@kalama.k12.wa.us

Below you’ll find answers to questions about, The Project Team, Construction cost in the current market, the Elementary school bond programming process, what is included in this bond and the district cooling solutions.


Your Project Team

Architect - BLRB Architects P.S.
Greg McCracken, Principal-in-Charge
Jonah Jensen, Project Manager (503) 595-0270 jjensen@blrb.com

General Contractor - Emerick
Ted Jeffery, Project Manager (503) 302-3123 tedj@emerick.com

David Haggard, Superintendent (503) 679-6593 davidh@emerick.com
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Kalama School District
Eric Nerison, Superintendent (360) 673-5282  eric.nerison@kalama.k12.wa.us

Project Management - ESD 112
Keith Bloom, Senior Project Manager
Laura Pedersen, Project Manager (360) 952-3467 laura.pedersen@esd112.org


Construction Costs in the Current Market

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.



Elementary School Bond Programming Process

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Designing, value engineering and building within the current market conditions.

  1. BLRB worked within the bond parameters and current market conditions to design the programming to fit the overall budget.

  2. 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 based upon current market conditions.

  3. Currently, the design and construction team have finalized construction documents and site construction has started on the new Elementary school.

  4. The Elementary school construction cost is $35,070,608.00, which includes all of the bond elements and more. (Please see bond comparison status sheet)


What the Bond Includes

The bond items for the new Elementary school include:

  1. All original bond programming has been incorporated into the new Elementary school plan and then some.

  2. The new Elementary school features a contemporary design with 33 teaching stations/classrooms, a cafeteria and kitchen, full-size (HS regulation) gym, outdoor play area and playground, stage/music room, and an art/science room. 

  3. All complete with staff and visitor on-site parking, bus loading and parent pick-up/drop-off areas, 81 stalls.

  4. Additional site improvements will be made to the street, curb, gutter and sidewalks near the entry to the new elementary school.

  5. Improved baseball field at Haydu Park for High School baseball.


District 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