Photo courtesy of Synergy Construction
The new Spanaway Elementary has an abundance of natural lighting.

Spanaway Elementary School
Synergy Construction

Architect: Erickson McGovern Architects
Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Owner: Bethel School District
ABC members: Propel Insurance, Matheus Lumber Co., Safety Matters, Schmitz and Associates

Designed as a "green school," Spanaway Elementary School is a two-story, 48,000-square-foot facility that includes an abundance of natural lighting, environmentally friendly construction, the latest school technology and a community garden.

Construction included complete site development, installation of a fire-suppression system and two rain gardens. The community garden houses a 12-bay greenhouse and a cistern for water storage to irrigate the garden.

Initially contracted for a 12-month schedule, Synergy Construction was able to complete the school in 11 months, in time for the start of the school year. This was accomplished on a 7-acre site with the existing school in operation.

The Synergy team participated in Spanaway Elementary's annual Thanksgiving and holiday drives. They donated $1,300 for the Thanksgiving food drive, and for the holidays, employees organized donations of toys, clothes, games, food and cash. The team sponsored 11 families with a total of 29 children. In addition to the gifts for the 29 children, each family received a gift for the children to give to their parents.

Synergy coordinated with the school on a series of student ASB visits to the site. During these visits, student representatives were able to see the site, learn about the plans and bring the information back to the student body. This gave the students a chance to ask questions and feel like they were a part of the new school.

There were no recordable incidents during the 34,245 hours worked on the project.

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