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Apple Valley Elementary Construction Updates

Project Overview

In February 2019, the West Valley community passed a construction bond measure to build two new elementary schools. The combination of continued growth of the community and aging facilities has resulted in overcrowding of buildings that no longer meet the needs of the students. Since opening its doors in 1969 Apple Valley Elementary has been one our fastest-growing schools. By 2018 the original Apple Valley building was at 150% capacity and in critical need of replacement. A new ≈550 capacity prototype school will be constructed on the existing Apple Valley site. The new building will support current educational plans and ensure flexibility and adaptability for future educational plans, create a personalized learning environment for students, ensure safety and security for students and staff, support educational innovation and integration of technology, establish a professional work environment for staff, and be a source of pride for the West Valley Community.

Project Information

Questions? Please contacts us at buildingourfuture@wvsd208.org.

Construction Timeline

April-May 2019

Educational Specifications

The educational specifications describe all the educational activities which the proposed school facilities and grounds shall support. The specification also acknowledges the types of spaces and their physical relationship in order to accommodate program requirements. Moveable furnishings (desks, chairs, etc.) are not normally included in the space relationships. This phase must be approved by the School District and all involved parties prior to commencing with the next phase. The design team will work with an on-site committee made up of teachers, administrations, school board members, and patrons to develop the educational specifications.

June-July 2019

Schematic Design

Upon the school board approval of the educational specifications, generic drawings and other documents illustrating the scale and relationship of the project components will be prepared. The schematic design investigation includes review of local jurisdiction zoning, building codes, and site development requirements. The design team will investigate available utilities and plan for utility connections for the project. The architect will schedule on-site workshop(s) with the facility committee representatives to develop the schematic design.

August-October 2019

Design Development

Upon school board approval of schematic design, actual drawings and other documents describing the size and character of the project as to architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical systems; materials; and other elements will all be prepared. The architect will meet individually with the facility committee representatives to finalize the design.

November 2019-Feb 2020

Construction Documents

Upon school board approval of design development, documents consisting of drawings and specifications setting forth in detail the requirements of construction will be prepared. Minimal design changes will take place, as this process should have occurred in educational specifications, schematic design, and design development.

February 2020

Constructability Review

Upon school board approval of construction documents, review of construction processes from start to finish by a third party, identifying obstacles before the project is actually built to reduce or prevent errors, delays, and cost overruns.

March-April 2020

Permit Review

Review of authorization documents issued by the City of Yakima. Permits are intended to ensure that the project plans comply with local standards for land use, zoning, and construction. These standards are intended to ensure safety and to provide enforcement of zoning and land-use policies.

April 2020


With anticipated approval from the WA State Department of Enterprise Services, the project will follow the General Contractor/Construction Manager (GC/CM) delivery method. Upon school board approval of construction documents, the selected GC/CM will obtain bids to establish the maximum allowable construction cost.

May 2020-May 2021

12 Month Construction

This phase begins with the award of the construction contracts and ends after the date of substantial completion of work.

July 2021


After approval is given by Department of Planning & Development to occupy, a certificate of occupancy will be issued. Buildings are ready for move in.

Contract Warranty

July 2021-2022

Consultation will occur with the Owner during the one-year warranty period to make recommendations concerning defective materials, systems and/or equipment. All materials and systems are to be inspected prior to the expiration of this time period. A strong working relationship with the project teams and architects throughout the project phases allows the project to become a reality.

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Related News

June Month in Review

July 29, 2020

Both Elementary School projects continue to move ahead quickly and successfully. The Apple Valley building has made progress on the gym. Students and staff were invited to sign the final steel beam before it was ... read more

May Month in Review

June 26, 2020

The West Valley construction projects continue to be on time and on budget. The month of May has brought big changes to both the Apple Valley and Summitview sites. We are excited to see the ... read more

April Month in Review

May 26, 2020

WVSD April 2020 Monthly Report read more

Big Savings & Accelerated Timeline / March Month in Review

April 24, 2020

The West Valley School District is excited to share a spring update on the construction timeline for the new Summitview and Apple Valley Elementary Schools. Because we were able to come in under budget, including ... read more


March 12, 2020

Meet Kyle Clark our Senior Project Manager. Kyle is a 2003 West Valley graduate and is excited to build two beautiful new schools in his hometown of West Valley! Kyle and other key members of ... read more

January Month In Review

February 20, 2020

January was another successful and productive month for our construction team. Construction Documents have reached 98% complete and have been submitted to the City of Yakima for review. Both sites are fully prepped and will ... read more

Apple Valley Demo

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December Month in Review

The abatement and demolition of the Apple Valley and Summitview buildings were major milestones for December and January. Our Construction team has worked with local demo contractors to successfully clear the sites on schedule. The ... read more

Chervenell Construction Co added to the School Construction Team

August 12, 2019

We are excited to welcome aboard Chervenell Construction Co as our construction team for Apple Valley and Summitview Elementary schools. Chervenell has over 40 years of experience providing high-quality construction projects throughout Central and ... read more

Updated Schematic Designs to be Reviewed at Community Forum

July 8, 2019

The posted schematic designs will be reviewed at a community forum July 9, 6:00pm-7:30pm WVHS Library. We look forward to you joining us in this discussion. read more

Updated Timeline DRAFT

June 17, 2019

Updated Timeline. This is provided to give a better indication of the events that will be occurring on the properties throughout the remainder of the project. Remember, this is an estimate and draft ONLY and ... read more

Updated Educational Specifications

June 12, 2019

Updated Educational Specifications* are now available. After input from the Community, Community Oversight Committee and School Board, at the June 10 Study Session, several updates have been made to the Ed Specs for Apple Valley ... read more

Apple Valley and Summitview Students Temporarily Moving to Freshman Campus

May 10, 2019

In August 2019, Apple Valley and Summitview Elementary School students are expected to move to the West Valley freshman campus to accommodate construction activities at the current elementary school sites. In February, voters approved a ... read more