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Top 20 Public Construction Projects of 1998
January 21, 1999

Project 5 - Emerald Ridge High School

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Project description: Emerald Ridge High School, the Puyallup School District's third high school, is being built on 56 acres in Pierce County. The building consists of 205,500 square feet, and will accommodate 1,400 students.

Emerald Ridge High School
Rendering by Northwest Architectural.
The building was designed on three levels to take advantage of the natural slope of the site. Site planning sought to preserve forested areas during the construction. Play areas are located on a terrace above, while parking for 700 cars blends in with the topography below the school.

The school design includes a plaza, a commons area to provide separate lobbies for after-hours activities, a clock tower near the main entrance, and a colonnade to reduce the scale of the gym. Classrooms cluster around three shared activity areas, accommodating the learning center concept. A fourth learning center and aquatic center are planned for the future. Site development includes baseball and softball fields, an all-weather red cinder track around a practice football field and a multipurpose playfield.

The construction work for the project has included normal concrete work, masonry work, steel framing, roofing and waterproofing, doors, windows, hardware, flooring, interior and exterior finishes, casework, and complete mechanical and electrical systems, food service equipment, gym equipment, folding partitions, fire protection, and communications, signal, data, and electronic distribution systems.

Address: 12405 184th St. S.E., Puyallup.
Original contract amount: $27,482,700.
Start of construction: October 1998.
Expected completion date: Summer 2000.
Contractor: Lydig Construction Inc, 603 N. Havana St., Spokane, WA 99211, (509) 534-0451.
Architect: Northwest Architectural Company, 2201 Sixth Ave., Suite 1405, Seattle, WA 98121, (206) 441-4522.
Owner: Puyallup School District No. 3.

Project participants:

  • A1 Industries
  • Apollo Sheet Metal
  • Archer Construction Inc.
  • Barbara Chandler
  • C & R Plumbing and Heating Inc.
  • Contract Hardware
  • Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Donald B. Murphy Contractors Inc. - Cooney McHugh
  • Graham Steel Corporation
  • Hargis Engineers
  • H.E. Mills Electric Co.
  • J & S Masonry
  • Knudsen/Benson Associates
  • Larson's Glass Co. Inc.
  • NAC Engineering
  • Northwest Steel Erection Inc.
  • Olson Brothers Excavating
  • P.L. Jones Construction Inc.
  • Powers West Corp.
  • Robert M. Pride
  • Puyallup Sand and Gravel
  • The Robinson Company
  • Security Metal Products Corp.
  • Sitts & Hill Engineers Inc.
  • Sound Elevator Company
  • Weisman Design Group Inc.
  • Westmark Products Inc.
  • Michael R. Yantis & Associates.
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