Birchwood Elementary groundbreaking set for Thursday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 11, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Construction is set to begin on a new Birchwood Elementary School, following a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, June 13.

The groundbreaking will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the school, 3200 Pinewood Ave., and is open to the public.

The school board received five bids for the project and selected low-bidder Colacurcio Brothers Construction Co. for the project in May, with a base bid of about $11.5 million. Money to pay for the project comes from state dollars and a 2006 bond approved by voters.

The original school was built in 1928, with an addition in 1950. It has been closed since fall 2011 and will be demolished starting next week. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2014.

The new building will be one story and slightly larger than the original school, with room for pre-K and elementary programs. It will include classes grouped in pods and meeting spaces to promote collaboration, as well as energy-efficient heating and ventilation.

The design will feature a brick exterior similar to the original building.


PROJECT DETAILS

To learn more about the Birchwood Elementary School construction project, go online to bellinghamschools.org/birchwood.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com. Read her School Days blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/schools or follow her on Twitter at @bhamschools.

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