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Top 20 Public Construction Projects of 1998


Top 20 Public Construction Projects of 1998
January 21, 1999

Project 2 - Renovation and expansion of Green Hill School, Bid Pack 2

Journal staff

Project description: The renovation of Washington's juvenile rehabilitation facility at Green Hill School will expand the school, providing over 164,000 square feet of new construction. The new buildings double the capacity of the existing facilities. The construction includes four 64-bed housing units; vocational educational classrooms and shops; a dining and kitchen facility; warehouse, laundry and maintenance building; visiting and administrative building; and a new chapel.

Out-dated housing cottages and kitchen/dining buildings have been demolished and extensive site and utility infrastructure improvements have been accomplished. The state, architect and contractor worked to-gether to develop a detailed sequencing plan for construction to ensure the facility remains operational during all phases of construction. The expanded campus for Green Hill is arranged to respect the established flood boundaries, respond to existing buildings which will remain, and ordered to preserve the natural beauty of the existing landscape.

The enlarged school will be organized to meet the goal of creating a "city within a city" by establishing four distinct "neighborhoods": the residential neighborhood with two housing clusters of three buildings each; the downtown neighborhood containing administration, medical services, recreation and theater, dining, special services, education and vocational training buildings; the industrial neighborhood defined by shops, warehouses, kitchen, motorpool and service loading and delivery areas; and the park neighborhood with outdoor recreation fields for soccer, softball, challenge course and picnic shelters.

Green Hill School
Green Hill School under construction.
A town square is the focal point of the downtown neighborhood, designed to serve educational purposes for the Vo-Tec programs. All the buildings are connected with sidewalks sufficient for movement by pedestrian and by golf-cart-sized vehicles. The new buildings were designed to fit their specific functions. For example, residential buildings are kept low with broad roofs and low eaves while downtown buildings are larger, and industrial buildings are pre-engineered enclosed with pre-finished metal walls and roofs.

The work of artist Garth Edwards, through the Washington State Arts Commission and .5 percent for art programs, has also been included in the Green Hill School project.

Address: 375 SW 11th St., Chehalis, WA.
Original contract amount: $32,782,000.
Start of construction: April 6, 1998.
Expected completion date: January 2000.
Contractor: Lydig Construction Inc., 2020 124th Ave NE, Suite 201, Bellevue, WA 98005, (425) 885-3314.
Architect: Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Partnership, 1191 Second Ave, Suite 800, Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 623-9414.
Owner: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.

Project participants:

  • AKB Consulting Engineers
  • C3 Management Group Inc.
  • CBG Consulting Engineers
  • Clayton Group Services Inc.
  • Corona Steel
  • CS Acoustical Engineering
  • CTS Engineers
  • DL Henricksen
  • Doug Lent Inc.
  • Dunson Construction
  • E&A Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • HK Electrical Engineers
  • HWA Geosciences Inc.
  • Impero Construction
  • KD Fuller Co.
  • KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Nakano Dennis
  • Patrick Sullivan Associates
  • Totem Electric
  • William Caruso & Associates.


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