A Kennewick construction company will build one of the new Pasco elementary schools financed by a $46.8 million bond.
The Pasco School Board agreed to pay Chervenell Construction $17.8 million to build Marie Curie STEM Elementary School.
District officials said work will start immediately and a groundbreaking ceremony is at 10 a.m. Aug. 14.
The school, designed by Pullman architecture firm Design West Architects, will be built next to Whittier Elementary School in east Pasco.
It will open to students in fall 2015.
The project was included in a bond approved by Pasco voters in February 2013.
Workers are finishing the Rosalind Franklin STEM Elementary School at Road 52 and Powerline Road in west Pasco before it opens this fall.
The district has not yet awarded the bid for Barbara McClintock STEM Elementary School, which will be built on Road 60 in west Pasco.
All three schools are expected to have a science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, -focused curriculum.
Five companies submitted bids for the Marie Curie project, with Chervenell the lowest bid. Officials working on the project said they were pleased with the quality and number of bids and that Chervenell was qualified for the job.
"They have done a number of public works type projects in our region over the past several years and are well suited to this type of work," Ned Warnick of Design West Architects said in a memo to the district.
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