The new Issaquah Middle School will be located north of the recently rebuilt Issaquah High School and will create a 54 acre academic campus for students from grade 6 – 12. The new school will open September 2016. The adjacency of the two schools will offer numerous program, curriculum and functional advantages. The middle school will serve an enrollment of (900) students with space reserved for 8 portable classrooms. Future expansion to accommodate the projected growth within the district core area is included in the master site plan. Related site work will include bus loop which will be shared with the high school, parking, and loading area. New playfield with artificial turf and rubber surfaced track to be constructed beginning summer 2017.
The existing Clark Elementary School and Tiger Mountain Community High School (TMCHS) will remain in operation during construction of the middle school. Demolition of the existing Clark building and TMCHS will occur after the existing Issaquah Middle School site is renovated to accommodate the new Clark Elementary and Gibson Ek High School campus.
The district is using an alternative contracting method for the complex projects of relocating Issaquah Middle School, Clark Elementary School, and constructing Gibson Ek High School —The General Contractor Construction Management (GC/CM) method. Different from a traditional bidding process, a general contracting firm is brought into the process very early on in the design phase of the multi-phase project. The district would benefit far earlier from the contractor's expertise in design, materials, and efficiencies which can translate into shortening the construction schedule and cost savings. Other benefits of the GC/CM approach include fewer potential construction conflicts and delays when one GC/CM firm manages and can more smoothly synchronize all phases of a project. Subcontract work is still competitively bid to assure costs are competitive and work is available to a large pool of subcontractors. GC/CM is a rigorous, competitive, and transparent process and well accepted in Washington State for school construction projects. The state Capital Projects Advisory Review Board has reviewed and approved the district's GC/CM proposal and Cornerstone General Construction was selected as the GC/CM for the Issaquah School District Core Area Projects. In addition, the Mechanical and Electrical subcontractors became part of the team early in the process through the GC/CM and EC/CM process.