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3 site plan options for new high school buildings revealed

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FERNDALE, Wash. — When voters approved the $112 million bond issue it was said the money would be used to, among other smaller projects, build a new 2-story high school building to replace existing Ferndale High School classrooms, modernize the auditorium and make repairs and upgrades to the elementary and middle schools.

An undated draft plan showed how this could be accomplished.

Proposed site plan for Ferndale High School campus after construction of new building. Source: <a href=
Proposed site plan for Ferndale High School campus after construction of new building. Source: Support Ferndale Schools

The draft plan showed the proposed new building to be located in existing open areas so classes could continue in current buildings during construction, minimizing disruption to students and staff.

Since then, the Ferndale School District has undertaken more in-depth site assessments and hired Dykeman Architects and Cornerstone General Contractors to develop more detailed site plan options based on those findings.

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The following site plan options and their associated benefits and challenges were presented to the Design Advisory Committee during a November 26th meeting.

Site Design Option #1
Site Design Option #1

Benefits
Flat Topography
Less complex construction access
More favorable construction laydown/staging
Possible reduction in frontage improvements
Minimize existing parking impacts
Good separation of public / private
Good adjacency to PAC and fields

Challenges
Deeper bearing soils
Water table concern
Likely building phasing requirements
Possible loss of use of gym
Likely extended loss of use of football field for storm construction
Need to demo existing CTE building

Site Design Option #2
Site Design Option #2

Benefits
Less concerning water table
Shallower depths to bearing soils
Weight room can remain (challenge with adjacency)
Adjacency to PAC

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Challenges
Challenging topography (concerns with natural light, grading, etc.)
Complex construction access
Constrained construction laydown/staging
Likely higher site area development
Need to replace tennis courts
Less opportunity for future expansion
Need to demo existing CTE
Assumed frontage improvements

Site Design Option #3
Site Design Option #3

Benefits
Flat Topography
Less complex construction access
More favorable construction laydown/staging
Possible reduction in frontage improvements
More favorable storm detention construction
Weight room can remain (challenge with adjacency)
Minimize existing parking impacts
Good adjacency to PAC and fields

Challenges
Deepest bearing soils
Highest water table concerns
Likely most complex building phasing requirements
Likely higher site area development
Implication to bus parking


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4 COMMENTS

  1. No baseball or softball facilities for all 3 site options? Is Ferndale building an off site facility that the public is unaware of? Just curious.

  2. I would just like to suggest that anyone interested, should take a drive through campus, everyday while school is in session, at around 7:30am. To experience hundreds of teenaged pedestrians and drivers, rows of buses, and I’ll tempered parents dropping off students might be instructional.

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