KENNEWICK, Wash. --- Hundreds of parents, teachers, students as well as City of Kennewick officials celebrated the remodeling of Sunset View Elementary with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The 30 year old building has been completely renovated, receiving all new electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, heating and ventilation systems.
Some of the school's new features include larger classrooms, a new kindergarten wing, natural daylight from skylights, and full size gymnasium with a wood floor. In addition, the former gymnasium space has been converted into a cafeteria and multipurpose room that can be used for both school and community functions.
Many more features, designed with input from teachers and staff, will help provide the best possible learning environment for students.
The design and construction of Sunset View incorporated sustainable building concepts. Construction crews recycled concrete, steel, wood, and other salvage materials, accounting for over 50% of the total construction waste.
In May of 2009, Kennewick School District residents approved a $68 million dollar school bond to build a new elementary and renovate four elementary schools that are over 30 years old with aging infrastructures
Canyon View elementary was be the first to be renovated. This year, Cascade faculty and students will move in to their temporary home in the district's Fruitland building while the remodel of their school is underway.