Richland School District chooses bid for Lewis & Clark construction

      RICHLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT NEWS RELEASE -- The Richland School District tonight (Tuesday) awarded the general contractor bid for the new Lewis & Clark Elementary School to Fowler General Construction, Richland. Fowler's bid of $15.55 million was the lowest of five bids submitted. The new school will replace the existing Lewis & Clark which opened in 1971.

      Fowler is the general contractor for the Pasco School District's elementary school #13 which is currently under construction. Other recent Fowler projects are Olds Junior High School in Connell, and ARC of Tri-Cities in Richland.

      "This bid result is positive," said Superintendent Rick Schulte. "Fowler has an excellent track record of quality construction work."

      The new Lewis & Clark will be built on the playfield just to the east of the existing school. It will open in August 2015. After the new school opens, the old Lewis & Clark will be demolished and replaced with a new playfield area.

      District residents approved a bond issue for the new Lewis & Clark and eight other projects in February 2013. Details on the projects are available at: