Lakewood School District takes step toward two new buildings

The district operates out of portable buildings now. It is seeking bids for designing the spaces.

LAKEWOOD — The Lakewood School District is preparing to take the next step on new administrative and transportation buildings.

The district is advertising bids for engineers and architects to assist in designing the new offices.

Newly appointed Superintendent Scott Peacock said there’s no timeframe for breaking ground. He’s focused on “maximizing the dollars we have left.”

“We’re in the process right now of prioritizing what we’re going to do with the remaining state match money that we have,” he said. “We’ve got a list of things the board would like to do with that money and right now we’re prioritizing that, figuring out where we are money-wise with those projects and getting them in order.”

Rough estimates for the projects are $6.5 million to $7.5 million for the administrative building and $1 million to $1.5 million for the transportation and facilities building.

The district has about $7.4 million available from the state.

Peacock said they could opt for a less expensive administrative building.

Currently, the district operates out of portable buildings.

The new administrative building, as described in an advertisment to design firms, would be about 10,000 square feet and include 20 work spaces for staff and a new board room.

The facilities building will house 10 stations for staff and a break room for drivers.

Firms for both projects are expected to be picked in early August. Bids for construction could be advertised in February.

Joseph Thompson: 425-339-3430; jthompson@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @byjoeythompson.

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