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Tour previews character of new school building

 

Workers here are working on wiring in one of three data rooms in the new K-12 school complex. Shown are Chris Stewart, left, from Spokane, with Adam Boettcher, also of Spokane. The two work for subcontractor Contact Communications. There are over 31 miles of cabling servicing the data rooms. – Roger S. Lucas photo

The hallways are polished and colorful.

The elementary gym is ready for play, and all marked out for basketball and volleyball. Hoops are up.

Racks are in the library and both libraries are ready for books and other materials.

The kitchen is fully equipped with walk-in coolers and freezers, and soup will soon be on for students.

You can almost hear the laughter from the various playground areas.

Just 27 months after the state Legislature approved funding to build it, a tour of the Grand Coulee Dam School Districts new school complex in Coulee Dam last Thursday provided a vision of what the finished building will look like, with features that one could previously only dream of in a local school facility.

With separate primary and secondary wings, the views from several classrooms are spectacular.

The lockers are in, and you can almost hear them clang from being opened and closed.

The wiring in the data rooms hangs loosely and will be hooked up by next week, with some 31 miles of wire connected.

You can get a sense of classroom activity with the ceiling-centered public address system ready to distribute the teachers voices evenly throughout the classrooms.

In other words, the school is on schedule for its early September open house and for school bells on Sept. 15.

Local residents and students are in for a treat when they are able to fully view the it.

Keith Schmidt, an Omak resident who works for sub contractor Mill's Electric, makes some adjustment to a light fixture in one of the classrooms at the new school complex in Coulee Dam. The project is on schedule to be completed before the Sept. 15, school opening date.

Workers are busy polishing the concrete walkways, which are being stained and ready for the flood of students that will soon roam the halls.

Hallways have setbacks, eliminating the look of long walkways. The setbacks will allow places for students to gather and chat.

Wainscoting panels line the walls to eliminate marring of painted surfaces.

Soon, paving will begin of the network of roads in and around the facility.

Grounds contractors are installing sprinkler systems. The sod is coming. Playground equipment lies in large packaged bundles, ready to be put together and installed.

Rubber tiles will outline outside gathering areas.

One building official stated that the outside plan for students is innovative and will provide a campus feeling with a unique use of space.

School furniture, all of it new, is scheduled to arrive and be placed in four or five weeks.

Soon, school bells will be ringing, and the oohs and ahs will begin.

 

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