VIDEO: Birchwood Elementary demolition

Published at 11:51 a.m. on June 27, 2013 | Modified at 11:51 a.m. on June 27, 2013

Demolition has begun on Birchwood Elementary School and is expected to continue through mid-July, according to the Bellingham School District. Once demolition is complete, work will start to construct a new Birchwood elementary in the same location as the old school, 3200 Pinewood Ave. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2014. The school board received five bids for the project and selected low bidder Colacurcio Brothers Construction Co. 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. Heavy demolition started on the south end of campus, including the gym and covered play area. It will move next to the main part of the school. The original school was built in 1928, with an addition in 1950. Its condition had deteriorated, so it has been closed since fall 2011. The students were dispersed to other elementary schools, mainly Cordata Elementary.

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