By Sharon Salyer Herald Writer
Anyone passing the $10.1 million construction project underway on Everett High School’s gym has probably noticed the equipment and materials scattered around the parking lot.
With the start of school just 10 days away, students and staff may be wondering: So where are we going to park?
Darcy Walker, the Everett School District’s construction manager, said that actually it shouldn’t be much of a problem at all.
The availability of parking will be what it was at the end of the last school year, he said.
Following the last day of school, he gave the OK to the contractor to use the entire parking lot to lay out materials and use as storage, he said.
“I’ve worked it out that they’ll consolidate all their materials back into the area they had originally,” he said. That means most of the parking lot space will be the same as what was there in June, he said.
Construction workers have been asked to park near Lincoln Field on Rockefeller Avenue, south and east of the gym.
“We try to be good neighbors and minimize the impact on both the neighbors and the school,” Walker said.
Construction is scheduled to finish up in December.
Once the remodeling is complete, the public will enter the gym on the second level and walk down to their seats.
The north portion of the gym was built in the late 1960s and the south portion was opened in 1980.
Improvements also will be made to the gym’s roof and to its heating, electrical and plumbing systems. Structural improvements will be made so the building can better withstand earthquakes.
The high school’s gym is one of the construction projects paid for through the school district’s 2006 capital improvement bond.
Other costs, including state sales tax, design and permit fees and furniture and equipment charges bring the total cost of the project to $14.6 million.
Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; firstname.lastname@example.org.