Auburn School District contracts with developer to build new Pioneer Elementary School

The Auburn School District has signed a contract with the Seattle-based construction and development firm Skanska USA to build the new Pioneer Elementary School, which will replace the 61-year old building in south Auburn.

Demolition of the old school began earlier this month.

The new 74,000-square-foot school will serve 650 students in kindergarten through fifth grade with general and specialty classrooms, administration offices, a gymnasium, a library, a kitchen and a covered play area. The 11-acre site will offer a playground, playfields, student pick-up and drop-off areas, bus loading, staff and visitor parking and space for future portable classrooms.

As part of the “Building for Learning” bond passed in 2016, Skanska also is building the replacement for Auburn’s Dick Scobee Elementary School, which began construction in June 2019 and is scheduled for completion this month. The “Building for Learning” bond encompasses the building of eight schools in eight years within the Auburn School District. By 2023, six aging schools will be replaced, and two new schools will be built.

“Auburn School District is excited to start work on this project and pleased to have the Seattle team from Skanska USA lead the way,” said Jeffrey Grose, executive director of capital projects for the school district. “It is a challenging project with an aggressive schedule. However, the success of Skanska USA and NAC Architecture on our Dick Scobee Elementary project provides us with confidence that the Pioneer Elementary School project will be completed on time, within budget and with high-quality workmanship.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Auburn School District and NAC Architecture again on the new Pioneer Elementary School,” said Kevin McCain, executive vice president and general manager of Skanska USA Building Operations in Seattle. “As we move into the final months of work on Dick Scobee Elementary, we continue to be committed to providing the Auburn community with the very best schools for students, faculty, staff and families.”