Renovations to Bellingham’s Lowell Elementary to start Dec. 22

Renovations to Lowell Elementary School will begin Monday, Dec. 22, and construction is expected to continue until August 2015, Bellingham School District officials said.

A new 9,500 square-foot gymnasium will be added to the north side of the school along 15th Street, according to the district website. A cafeteria, music classroom, elevator and play area will also be added inside the new building.

Lowell’s renovation will be the first district project completed as part of a $160 million bond approved by voters in November 2013. Other projects in the bond include rebuilding Sehome High School and Happy Valley Elementary and building a new Options/Innovations High School.

Tiger Construction, based in Everson, was awarded the $4.38 million contract for the project.

Final recommendations for the additional building were finalized in June 2014, said district spokeswoman Jacqueline Brawley.

A web cam will be installed once construction starts for those wishing to track the progress. It will be shown on Lowell’s school website.