South Bend Replacement

Elementary School

Bringing students into the 21st century was the South Bend School District Superintendent’s idea when setting out to design and build this replacement elementary school.

The current 70-year-old elementary school was finally able to be replaced after an overwhelming amount of community support and extraordinary efforts by the school district to obtain funds for a new school. The new 2-story school provides collaboration spaces for pull out instruction or small group interaction. Students will learn using up to date technologies in flexible, fresh classrooms and teaching spaces.

The replacement school co-occupies the site with the existing elementary school (until phase 2 where the previous building will be demolished making way for a parent drop off loop) and an existing High School. Challenges during the design process included riverbed soils that extend down 120 and extensive pilings systems to support foundations. EMA was also able to reduce costs on the project from an initial $19M estimate to the final bid budget of $11.5M.

South Bend School District

South Bend, WA

Construction Phase / Projected Completion Fall 2020

2 Stories, 375, Grades K-6

Replacement School

29,060 SF

$12,191,800 (Bid Award)