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Bigger, Better New School:
By Eric Stevick
Marysville Arts and Technology Moves Into New Campus
MARYSVILLE -- Ryan Shay was more than ready for the new Marysville Arts & Technology High School campus to open Monday.
At the old campus, he had spent more than three years in tight quarters in a leased building shared with an aerospace manufacturing company.
"When I walked in, I almost cried," said Shay, 18, a senior. "It was so beautiful. It looks like a school and that is really something special."
Everything looked new and smelled new.
Distracting noises that carried in the old building seem muffled in the new one.
With the move, space has been expanded from 21,000 to 39,000 square feet.
"I guess I feel like we are finally home," Shay said. And an unusual home it is.
The custom-designed school was built in sections in a factory. The more than 120 pieces were joined together, somewhat similarly to the way a Boeing 787 is assembled.
The two-tone green building, which stretches longer than a football field, was built at the 57-acre Whitley Evergreen Inc. grounds at Smokey Point. The pieces were trucked along roads paralleling I-5 to the Tulalip Indian Reservation, where the building was reassembled by crane.
Inside are enough single-story classrooms for 400 students and several common areas with 28-foot high ceilings and glass to bring in natural light.
Arts & Technology is the first of three small schools that will open on the site just south of Quil Ceda Elementary School in what will be called the Marysville Secondary Campus.
Original article can be found here.
Whitley-Evergreen completed this innovative project along with Williams-Scotsman. The building was produced in sections at Whitley-Evergreens modern construction facility. Williams-Scotsman, a national leader in the distribution of modular space, then transported the sections to the site where the foundation had already been prepared (this "concurrent construction" saved a significant amount of time on the project). Under the watchful eyes of professional project managers and third-party inspection agencies the building was assembled and finished. Together, Whitley-Evergreen (Whitley Manufacturing) and Williams-Scotsman were able to complete a custom, modern building with architectural appeal on a shortened timeline and a controlled budget.