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July 6, 2022

Skanska starts final elementary in 4-pack for Auburn School District

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The new Terminal Park Elementary will be built in a classic design.

A few years back, Skanska won the general contractor/construction manager contract to build four elementary schools as one package with a maximum construction cost of $120 million. The contractor is now down to its final school, Terminal Park Elementary School, which it says it recently started construction on.

“The Auburn community is excited to begin work to replace Terminal Park Elementary, the school district's oldest school,” said Jeffrey Grose, executive director of the district's Capital Project Department, in a news release. “While this facility has served us well, the new school will be an attractive building with a classic design, larger capacity, and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Terminal Park is at 1101 D St. S.E. in Auburn. The new school is being built in its place, with students using the old Olympic Middle School for the next year.

The new 74,000-square-foot school will serve about 650 students in preschool through fifth grade. The building will have general and specialty classrooms such as music and special education, a gymnasium, library, kitchen, covered play area and administrative offices. Site improvements will include a playground and playfield, student pick-up and drop-off area, bus loading and unloading, as well as staff, event and visitor parking.

“Our work on Terminal Park Elementary will bring updated classrooms and play areas, as well as easier, safer access to outdoor fields and parking lots,” said Brian Urban, vice president and project executive at Skanska, in the release. “We look forward to creating a bigger, better school for our Auburn families.”

NAC Architecture has worked with Skanska on all four projects, which are part of the Building for Learning bond passed in 2016. Over the last four years, the team has designed and built Dick Scobee Elementary School (finished in 2020), Pioneer Elementary School (2021) and Chinook Elementary School (2022).

Building for Learning is replacing six aging schools and building two new ones. The bond raised $456 million.

The Terminal Park team also includes Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer; AHBL, civil engineer; Hargis, mechanical and electrical engineer; Parametrix, right of way consultant; MBF AV & Acoustical Consulting, acoustic consultant; Weisman Design Group, landscape architect; DA Hogan, athletic fields; PBS Engineering and Environmental, hazardous materials; Adams Consulting & Estimating, hardware consultant; and Halliday & Associates, food service consultant.

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