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Experts evaluate designs for new Lake Stickney school | School brief


The Mukilteo School Board has taken another step forward for the planning and design of the new Lake Stickney Elementary.

It recently adopted a Value Engineering report, one of several reports and resolutions that the state requires school boards to adopt in order to receive state construction assistance funding.

This particular report is an independent review of the project that helps the school district contain costs and make design decisions.

The report was prepared by a team of experts in architecture, mechanical and electrical systems, structures, and other fields related to building construction.

The team reviewed the project during a five-day period to evaluate the design in terms of budget, life-cycle operations and maintenance, the project schedule, and whether the project meets the educational program, is technically feasible, and offers reasonable solutions that are aesthetic.

The Value Engineering team suggested that the school be constructed with a wood structural system rather a combination of wood, steel and concrete, for example.

That change alone would reduce construction costs by an estimated $1.3 million.

The project design team also accepted the recommendation of the experts to replace a metal roof with a membrane roof, use a different type of material for water supply plumbing, and the method for treating stormwater, which will also help keep the project costs within budget.


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