"Schools losing out as construction costs soar"
Cost of a new elementary school has risen 68% since 2001
By GREG STACK
Northwest Architectural Co.
"Flexible classrooms are a perfect fit"
Flooring, storage units and lighting can define spaces, improve learning
By KELLI SMITH
"Careful builders can avoid contract disputes"
Facing delays? Be up front with schools about scheduling, notice requirements
By MICHAEL FERRING
Ferring Nelson LLP
"Does your school building make the grade?"
Post-occupancy evaluations can show you what’s working — and what’s not
By BUTCH REIFERT
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Kirkland, designed by Mahlum Architects, was completed in 2005 for $9.8 million. Spee West Construction was the general contractor. Project team members also include Cascade Design Collaborative, Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Keen Engineers and Coffman Engineers.
Photo by Benjamin Benschneider