Ruby Bridges Elementary’s project team completed the necessary seismic bracing adjustment that was isolated to the school’s mezzanine area on the third floor during winter break. The professional engineer drawings certifying that the work was constructed according to codes are in the process of getting submitted to Snohomish County. Once reviewed and approved, the County will stamp the paperwork, signaling that the entire building can be occupied. Up to this point, all other areas of the school have been approved by the County to be occupied by students and staff, when it is safe to return to buildings as defined by the District’s reopening plan.
The Ruby Bridges playground officially opened on Jan. 18, with the help of Ruby Bridges fifth grade student, Eli McCormick and two of the school’s canine companions certified service dogs, Lottie and Asher. McCormick took the first walk on the fully accessible playground equipment. Staff, students and community members quickly came out to enjoy a physically distanced, first playtime on the beautiful play equipment.
The team is awaiting the delivery of the hydraulic lift, which will be installed at the school’s loading dock. It is anticipated that the lift will be delivered in February and then installation will take about one day, which will likely be scheduled on a weekend.
This project was made possible by the generous support of Northshore voters, who approved the 2018 bond.
Continue to follow the school’s progress by visiting our construction page.