School construction projects in full swing

April 1, 2011

By Laura Geggel

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The voter-approved $241.8 million construction bond from 2006 is in full swing, sending two-story buildings high into the sky and installing sewer systems deep into the ground.

Several schools across the Issaquah School District — including Liberty High School and Maywood Middle School — are receiving money for construction updates or remodels. Four projects are slated to begin construction June 20, after school gets out.

Liberty will undergo a partial modernization and expansion, with most areas complete by August 2012, and final completion by spring 2013. Maywood will be modernized and expanded with new classrooms and science labs with completion in August 2012.

Liberty and Maywood will get new sewer systems as well.

Maywood will get an upgrade from its septic system. With septic systems, the effluent — the liquid wastewater — flows out of the septic tank and is absorbed into the ground, while the solids are digested within the septic tank.

Maywood’s septic tank is at capacity, and since the school is expanding, district administrators decided to give it a new sewer system instead of a larger septic tank.

“We’re going to connect it to the sewer, which is a better long-term solution and a better environmental solution,” district Director of Capital Projects Steve Crawford said. Then, “it goes into the municipal sewer system and gets treated.”

The sewer system at nearby Briarwood Elementary School will connect to Liberty. Previously, Liberty had a holding tank that needed to be pumped out daily, or as needed.

“The district has to have one of our maintenance people pump it out, drive the truck down to the disposal system and empty the truck out,” Crawford said.

After the sewage system update, Liberty will also be on the municipal system. The $1.2 million sewer system project, paid for by the 2006 bond, is slated to begin in May and end in early 2012.

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  2. James on May 19th, 2012 8:03 pm

    It’s about time someone does something about it. It should be money well spent for the upgrade. Most wastewater treatment systems in existence today is either not well-managed, run until over its capacity, in dire state, not to mention constant breakdown. It should be a good practice to review all treatment systems and assess its current condition to find out whether it is necessary to expand further. Often poor planning is the major contributor leading to this.

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