Contract approved for Suquamish Elementary gym addition

The North Kitsap School District board of directors approved a roughly $3.3 million contract to Poulsbo-based Pacific General Builders for the Suquamish Elementary gym addition at its March 21 meeting.

The project will provide a new gym for physical education classes at the elementary school, documents state. PE classes now take place in a shared space used as a cafeteria and auditorium. “This configuration has limited student schedule access to both physical education, and meal space,” per documents.

The project will consist of construction of a 4,200-square-foot gym with two restrooms, an office, storage, a fire suppression riser room and a mechanical mezzanine, documents read. There will be a corridor with storage on each side connecting the new gym to the existing building.

The project also includes upgrades such as relocation of a fire hydrant located in the middle of the bus loop, new asphalt paving of the bus loop, new curbs and sidewalks, ADA access, and storm and sewer improvements.

The project will be funded by proceeds from the voter-approved 2022 capital levy. With the addition of a new gym, Suquamish will join three other elementary schools—Vinland, Gordon and Poulsbo—that have a dedicated space for PE, as well as a multi-purpose space for food service, meetings, assemblies and special events.

Barker Creek Consulting Inc. will act as the construction manager on behalf of the district and will provide coordination in design, scoping, stakeholder coordination, demolition and construction management.

The project is expected to be completed in the fall.