Birchwood Elementary School

Owner: 
Bellingham School District 501
Location: 
Bellingham, WA
Date of Work: 
2013-2014 (14 Months)
Budget: 
$2,268,000
General Contractor: 
Colacurcio Brothers, Inc.
Contact: 
Ron Cowan, 360.676.6500

Blythe was awarded the mechanical subcontract for this 44,539 sq. ft., single-story elementary school. The project featured classroom, administrative, and audio-visual auditorium space as well as a full-service kitchen, gymnasium, cafeteria, and library. HVAC was provided through a hydronic heating system utilizing variable air volume heat recovery units and convectors. Two natural gas condensing boilers serve the hydronic heating loop and split system AC units are utilized to provide cooling to IT spaces. 

Although the project was never considered over budget, Blythe provided value engineering by redesigning the heat recovery units resulting in a reduction in project cost for approximately $170,000 while still meeting operating criteria. Further effort to revise and substitute below grade pipe routing and materials provided further savings.

Blythe completed the project on time and under budget with no time loss injuries. 

Birchwood Elementary School