Two Bonner County Elementary Schools Remodeled/Portions of I-84 Widened/Idaho Sand & Gravel Honored with ARTBA Award
Construction will complete this month on an expansion of Sagle Elementary School in Bonner County. Designed by Architects West of Coeur d’Alene and built by Panco Construction Inc. of Spokane, the project adds 5,741-sq-ft to the existing 28,972-sq-ft building.
The addition consists of four classrooms and restroom facilities. Other work includes mechanical and electrical upgrades. Builders are matching the existing wood frame structure, along with stucco and a metal roof.
In conjunction with this project, Architects West has also designed an expansion of Kootenai Elementary School, also in Bonner County, and also being built by Panco Construction.
Kootenai Elementary will add 28,819 sq ft to the existing 13,127-sq-ft building. The single-story building will include 11 new classrooms, a technical lab, library, office facilities and a gymnasium, along with a kitchen remodel. The project will complete in July. Both projects total $5 million.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter joined citizens, business leaders and government officials in October to open the new lanes on Interstate 84 between the Garrity and Meridian interchanges. The project will improve safety, reduce congestion and create career-path jobs to stimulate the state’s economy.
The project widened and reconstructed six miles of I-84 by adding a third lane in each direction and preparing the highway for a fourth lane that will open in 2011. The $113-million project, which started last year, was funded through federal bonds and is estimated to have created or sustained 2,000 jobs. The third lanes from the Meridian Interchange to the Ten Mile Overpass opened in August.
The I-84 Garrity to Meridian widening, which began in 2006 and is expected to finish in 2011, is one of 13 projects to modernize I-84 from Nampa to east Boise.
Idaho Sand & Gravel and Knife River are the contractors.