The School District of Washington has started construction of a new elementary school at the intersection of St. John’s Road and Highway 100 in Washington, MO. Site work is scheduled to start the end of February 2020 with school completion by mid-August 2021. Bond Architects led the Design Team of which WEA is a proud member. WEA is providing all civil engineering and site development design services and will provide construction oversight.
Of the 75.13 acres owned by the School District, nearly 19 acres of the parcel will be developed for this school. Being a “greenfield” site, a great deal of site development work is required. WEA was tasked with developing an economical plan for grading the site and installing the necessary infrastructure improvements with the objective of serving the district’s immediate needs and laying the groundwork for future expansion. A massive site grading operation is underway. 160,000 cubic yards of material including 28,000 cubic yards of solid rock will be moved to create the school grounds. That work will be followed by the installation of a stand-alone sewage treatment plant, sanitary sewers, sewage lift station, storm sewers, storm water detention basin, and water distribution systems for potable water and fire protection. Paved surfaces for parking and traffic circulation will require the installation of 16,000 square yards of asphalt and 22,000 square yards of concrete.
The building area is 78,113 square feet in total with 49,907 square feet on the 1st floor and 28,706 square feet on the 2nd floor. The gymnasium is a key feature. To ensure student safety, it will be constructed of concrete tilt-wall design that will comply with the stringent ICC 500 storm shelter requirements. The balance of the building will be steel braced-frame construction.
Renderings credited to Bond Architects