West Bountiful Elementary

West Bountiful Elementary


VCBO Architecture

General Contractor

Ascent Construction

Guaranteed Maximum Price


Additional Work - $185,000.00
New Guaranteed Maximum Price - $21,767,985.00

Opened Fall 2020


Project Overview

According to the District's Facility Assessment Survey, West Bountiful Elementary was ranked as the worst building in the District. For many years, the school struggled with a sprawling building made up of many additions. Parking and access to the old building was difficult due to its location, tucked behind the freeway overpass and several historic homes. The building had many problems with rusted wall panels, leaky windows and inadequate mechanical systems. The old school was demolished and the new school re-built on the same site using the same design philosophy and energy efficient principles as the District's prototype elementary plan. The new school building, located at 500 N. 800 West in West Bountiful, opened to students in August of 2020.  

The new school is designed to accommodate up to 650 students with 28 regular classrooms. The existing site at West Bountiful is just over 8 acres. Design of the new building occurred in the fall of 2017. 

On June 5, 2018, plans for the replacement of the existing West Bountiful Elementary continued to develop and a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) was approved by the Board of Education.

The role of the CM/GC during design is to track construction costs to keep the project on budget. They will also monitor the bid climate to establish the optimal time to bid. Once the plans are complete, the CM/GC will then bid out all the sub-contractors on the job.  Plans were completed in September of 2018 and construction began in October of 2018. Ascent Construction was approved as the Construction Manager/General Contractor for the West Bountiful Elementary Rebuild.

For information on the construction manager/general contractor, click here.
For information on the architect, click here

Following the demolition of the existing West Bountiful Elementary building the contractor was left with considerably more soil than was anticipated.  During the construction of the parking lot, several wet spots were encountered which required excavation and replacement with structural fill.  The additional excavation cost used up the contingency built into the project’s GMP.  This meant that any minor changes that often come up during the course of construction would need additional money to complete. 

For information about the new GMP increase, click here.