First phase of Amistad Elementary School completed

Kennewick School District’s first phase of the new Amistad Elementary expansion project is a 43,500-square-foot building.

The new addition features 22 classrooms, plus a gym and offices, at 930 W. Fourth Ave., near the district’s Administration Center.

Students in grades 3 to 5 will occupy the building when school starts Aug. 27.

The $18 million first phase addition is funded by a K-3 class size reduction grant from the state, awarded in 2016.

In the second phase that is currently underway, the original school building, which dates to 1992, will be replaced with a new 20-classroom building that connects to the first phase addition. Students in grades K-2 will occupy the second phase building when it is completed in August 2020. The second phase is part of the 2019 bond that voters passed in February and is being built by general contractor Chervenell Construction of Kennewick.

Amistad’s total classroom count will be 42 when both phases are done.

Kennewick is the largest school district in southeastern Washington, with nearly 19,000 students.

Bouten Construction of Richland was the general contractor for phase one, with Bob Byrd on site as the superintendent. Alliance Management & Construction Solutions provided construction management, with Earl Eastman as the owner’s representative.

ALSC Architects of Spokane was the architect. Ken Murphy was the principal-in-charge/design principal, with Steve Walther was the managing principal.

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