Update: Federal Way school construction projects

Principal Rudy Baca cuts the ribbon Wednesday night at the Sunnycrest Elementary School open house celebration. He’s surrounded by Sunnycrest students, staff and parents. - Courtesy of Federal Way Public Schools
Principal Rudy Baca cuts the ribbon Wednesday night at the Sunnycrest Elementary School open house celebration. He’s surrounded by Sunnycrest students, staff and parents.
— image credit: Courtesy of Federal Way Public Schools

The culmination of time, money and effort is coming together for a number of Federal Way Public Schools construction projects.

Completion is nearing on all aspects of Lakeland and Sunnycrest elementary schools, and work continues on the district’s Educational Service Center facility adjacent to Celebration Park.

Rod Leland, facility services director, shared an update on Lakeland Elementary, saying some work still needs to be done, but that students and staff are enjoying their new building during construction.

“This project is on a recovery schedule. We’ve authorized overtime, with regular weekend work for the past three months,” Leland said at the Federal Way School Board meeting Sept. 27. “Construction is on budget, the building has been occupied since its opening day. It has a certificate of occupancy, and the work continues to fine-tune the systems in the building.”

Leland said the new building is about 90 percent of where the district had hoped it would be by this time of the year. He noted there is still some significant work going on, mostly in the areas of the parent drop-off section and the regrading of 32nd Avenue South.

“If you drive by, it’s still a mess, the site work is under way, they’re lowering the street down by the 4 feet we required for improvement,” he said. “It’s going smoothly, we had rain and we survived. Road work on 32nd Avenue, which is what I think most people would recognize as the street in front of the school, is scheduled to be completed by mid-October. But we’re very optimistic that we might beat that by at least a week.”

As far as Sunnycrest is concerned, Leland said that the district “still has some fine tuning to do,” but “we’re doing it.”

The Educational Service Center, the large facility being built near Celebration Park, is on time and on budget, Leland shared. The center includes ample parking, a big bus garage and a maintenance yard.

Leland noted that the landscaping elements of the new facility will be installed in the next two weeks. He also shared that the central kitchen facility will be ready for bidding soon.

“The construction documents for the replacement of the central kitchen are ready to go to bid. We’re proposing an Oct. 11 release of those documents, and should be back to the board, hopefully in the first meeting of November, with bid results and a recommendation of award on that project,” he said.

The facility services director noted that the central kitchen project of the overall ESC project is expected to be completed by late summer of next year.

Bond background

In May 2007, voters in the Federal Way School District approved a $149 million bond construction package to rebuild old and deteriorating schools. Five schools and three district facilities are being rebuilt.

Twenty-three schools and Memorial Field are getting important upgrades thanks to the approximately $20 million in state match grants triggered by the bond’s passage.

All district facilities built before 1990, except for Federal Way High School and the district’s central offices (ESC), will receive high-priority repairs and upgrades such as roofs, heating systems and new plumbing and wiring.

For more information on the 2007 bond that funded these projects, visit


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates