West Valley School District administrators recommend hiring Chervenell Construction to build two new elementary schools.
If approved by the school board, the Kennewick construction firm would build new schools to replace Apple Valley and Summitview elementary schools. The project comes after voters approved a 20-year, $59 million bond measure in February. The funds will be matched with $12 million in state funds to replace the two schools, which district officials say are outdated and overcrowded.
Two companies bid on the project. Superintendent Michael Brophy said the district recommends hiring Chervenell Construction. The school board is scheduled to award the bid on Monday.
The decision was based on a “complex scoring” system that weighed the financial bid and other factors, he said.
“At the end of the day, they were the ones who I guess came out on top in the entire process,” Brophy said.
The projected cost has not yet been released.
A schematic design of the two campuses, which are set to be identical, is also expected to be approved at the upcoming board meeting. The building plan outlines a two-story, T-shaped classroom wing, a gym to the right of the main entrance on the first floor and buffer space on each site for future expansion if enrollment grows more. Each building would have a 550-student capacity.
Summitview is at 104 percent capacity with 337 students enrolled, while Apple Valley is at 150 percent capacity with 347 students, according to the district.
Chervenell, established in 1975, has experience in K-12 and higher education construction projects in Central and Eastern Washington and Oregon. Projects include the Petrie Hall replacement at Heritage University and Naches Valley Elementary School.