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High school construction will close most of campus for the summer

Construction crews have less than three summer months to complete critical work on the new high school building. Workers will begin to move onto the site this week after school lets out, making the campus largely inaccessible until classes resume in September.

“This is a major construction project, and we have a really qualified team to do it, but we need to clear the deck in order for them to work efficiently,” said Eric Gill, the district’s capital projects manager.

Construction will begin in full force next Monday, Gill said. At that point a construction zone only accessible by workers and project officials will consume all of the campus, except for the athletic fields, the pool and the tennis courts closest to the pool. Buildings A, B, C, F and the gym, as well as the northernmost tennis courts, will all be closed for construction.

The entire north parking lot, accessible from Vashon Highway, and most of the south parking lot, accessible from 204th Street, will be blocked during the summer, Gill said. The north parking lot will remain closed through the duration of the construction. A portion of the south parking lot, accessible from 204th Street, will be open this summer for pool and tennis court users.

Vashon Youth & Family Services, located on the northwestern corner of the campus, will remain open throughout the construction, and several parking spaces will be available outside the VYFS offices and accessible from the highway.

The high school athletic fields will close for most of the summer, as they do each year, for grass to grow. The football stadium, however, will be open, and it along with any other open fields will be accessible by foot from either the highway or the parking lots at Chautauqua and McMurray.

Park district programs that took place on the high school campus, such as classes and drop-in games, will either be moved or cancelled for the summer, said Wendy Paridon, the park district’s facilities coordinator. Participants should look at the park district calendar at www.vashonparkdistrict.org for more information.

When school begins again in September, the construction zone will shrink considerably, Gill said. All buildings except C, which will be demolished this summer, will reopen for classes. The district will install three portable classrooms on campus to replace the classroom space lost in Building C.

The south parking lot, accessible form 204th Street, will completely reopen as well. All athletic fields will be open again, but students and community members may have to walk farther to reach them.

The new high school building is scheduled to be completed by December 2013, and the school district plans to move into it over winter break.

Once students begin class in the new building in January 2014, Buildings A and B will be demolished and some site work completed. Construction is set to wrap up by spring of 2014.

Chautauqua Elementary will also be closed for a portion of the summer as the school district makes upgrades in classrooms.

“This is a major construction project, and we have a really qualified team to do it, but we need to clear the deck in order for them to work efficiently,” said Eric Gill, the district’s capital projects manager.

Construction will begin in full force next Monday, Gill said. At that point a construction zone only accessible by workers and project officials will consume all of the campus, except for the athletic fields, the pool and the tennis courts closest to the pool. Buildings A, B, C, F and the gym, as well as the northernmost tennis courts, will all be closed for construction.

The entire north parking lot, accessible from Vashon Highway, and most of the south parking lot, accessible from 204th Street, will be blocked during the summer, Gill said. The north parking lot will remain closed through the duration of the construction. A portion of the south parking lot, accessible from 204th Street, will be open this summer for pool and tennis court users.

Vashon Youth & Family Services, located on the northwestern corner of the campus, will remain open throughout the construction, and several parking spaces will be available outside the VYFS offices and accessible from the highway.

The high school athletic fields will close for most of the summer, as they do each year, for grass to grow. The football stadium, however, will be open, and it along with any other open fields will be accessible by foot from either the highway or the parking lots at Chautauqua and McMurray.

Park district programs that took place on the high school campus, such as classes and drop-in games, will either be moved or cancelled for the summer, said Wendy Paridon, the park district’s facilities coordinator. Participants should look at the park district calendar at www.vashonparkdistrict.org for more information.

When school begins again in September, the construction zone will shrink considerably, Gill said. All buildings except C, which will be demolished this summer, will reopen for classes. The district will install three portable classrooms on campus to replace the classroom space lost in Building C.

The south parking lot, accessible form 204th Street, will completely reopen as well. All athletic fields will be open again, but students and community members may have to walk farther to reach them.

The new high school building is scheduled to be completed by December 2013, and the school district plans to move into it over winter break.

Once students begin class in the new building in January 2014, Buildings A and B will be demolished and some site work completed. Construction is set to wrap up by spring of 2014.

Chautauqua Elementary will also be closed for a portion of the summer as the school district makes upgrades in classrooms.

 

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