January 28, 2020
Capital Projects Update
We're making exciting progress on a host of capital projects, from replacing Amistad Elementary School and Kennewick High School to expanding Kamiakin and Southridge high schools and Tri-Tech Skills Center.
All of the projects, with the exception of the Tri-Tech expansion, are part of the $125 million bond approved by district voters in February 2019. The Tri-Tech project is being paid for with money from the state's 2017-19 capital budget.
Replacing and Expanding Amistad Elementary
The new 20-classroom Amistad Elementary building for grades K-2 is under construction now and will be finished this summer. It will connect to the 22-classroom building for grades 3-5 that opened this past August.
When both buildings are done, Amistad – which originally opened in 1992 – will be the largest elementary school in the district with 42 classrooms.
A New Kennewick High School
Construction crews continue plugging away at Kennewick High School. The track and field area and tennis courts are almost finished, and will be ready for use in February. The bulk of the old building is gone, with some selective demolition remaining, and the new building is starting to take shape.
The new two-story school will open in August 2021.
Tri-Tech Skills Center Expansion
Crews also are hard at work at Tri-Tech Skills Center, where a roughly 16,000-square-foot addition is going in to the north of the existing building.
The expansion will provide a new location and exhibition area for the Culinary Arts program, new space for the Pre-Physical Therapy program and a new well-defined entrance with a focus on security and the front office area.
It will be finished this summer.
Kamiakin High School Expansion
We're in the plan review/permitting stage of our Kamiakin High School project, with construction expected to start this June and wrap up in July 2021.
The project includes building 12 new classrooms, adding parking and making several athletic facility upgrades, including replacing the existing grass field with artificial turf, replacing the track, adding restrooms, concessions and sports storage, refurbishing the tennis courts and adding two more courts.
With the addition, the school will hold up to 2,000 students.
Southridge High School Expansion
Our Southridge High School project also is in the plan review/permitting stage, with construction expected to start in June and finish in July 2021.
Bouten Construction Co. has been chosen as the contractor.
The project includes adding 12 new classrooms, plus adding a 3,200-square-foot weight training facility and replacing the existing grass field with artificial turf. The project will bring the school's capacity to 2,000 students.