Summer 2019 Olympia HS Construction Update

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Summer 2019 Olympia HS Construction Update

Work is underway on several summer construction projects around the Olympia High School campus.

Summary of school improvement projects
Construction began on June 24, 2019 on Olympia High School improvements included in the voter-approved 2016 school bond.

New security vestibule at front entrance: A second set of entry doors is being added this summer to the front entry off North Street to enhance security, and visitors will be required to check in before being allowed to enter the second set of doors into the school.

New entry doors and classroom addition adjacent to Commons: A more secure entry with two sets of doors will also be added next summer at the entrance to the Commons, which will be part of a two-story classroom addition in the same area. Fourteen general classrooms will be housed in the two-story addition.

Other classroom additions: In other areas of campus, classroom additions include a new 2,000-square-foot music room to be built adjacent to the existing music rooms, as well as four additional science classrooms and science prep rooms that will be built between the 400 classroom wing and the Allied Arts building. The science classroom addition will be joined to the main campus with an enclosed secure walkway. This summer, workers will be preparing underground utilities to support those classroom additions that will start construction in fall and continue throughout the 2019-20 school year.

Carpeting and paint: Summer plans also include replacing carpeting in all existing classrooms, offices and the Performing Arts Center. A fresh coat of paint will be added to corridor walls throughout the school starting this summer.

Synthetic turf field: The Olympia HS bond projects will conclude next summer with the installation of a synthetic turf field behind the school’s tennis courts; the relocation of three of the tennis courts to the immediate south side of their existing location to make room for the new turf field and parking; and the removal of seven portable classrooms on the back side of campus.

Changes to community parking, walking paths and field use

Please be aware of the following changes to community parking, walking paths and field use on campus due to construction this summer and, in some cases, into the 2019-20 school year:


  • In general, please do not enter fenced-off areas on campus signaling construction taking place. There are potential safety hazards within these areas.
  • The driveway on the west side of campus is closed this summer as a thoroughfare between the parking lot on the Carlyon Street entrance on the back side of campus and the parking lot on the North Street entrance at the front side of campus.
  • Walking paths through campus that are next to the pond adjacent to the tennis courts are fenced off this summer as workers construct a new water line.
  • A security vestibule is being added to the school’s front entry off North Street adjacent to the main office. Pedestrian traffic will be rerouted when the school office reopens in August. Please follow detour signs when entering the school.
  • The practice field behind the Ingersoll Field grandstands is fenced off and closed until the new synthetic turf field is completed in its place in Fall 2020.
  • Parking spaces off the Carlyon Street entry closest to the kitchen are closed this summer for construction of a new two-story general classroom addition. These spaces will remain closed until Fall 2020. The rest of the student parking area off Carlyon Street will be open this summer. All parking off the North Street entrance to campus will remain open this summer.

Update July 25, 2019

Pile driving began this week for placing new utility lines in the ground near Freshman Pond. The vibratory hammer being used will create some localized noise and possibly some ground shaking.

Construction work on a new water line will begin before the end of August. The northern edge of the North Street Field will be fenced off, and the west side gates to the tennis courts will be unavailable.  Most of the North Street Field will be open, and the tennis courts are fully available using the west side gates.