BEX: Building Excellence

The Building Excellence capital program enables Seattle Public Schools to continue the construction of new school buildings and new additions and major renovations to existing buildings, ensuring every student a safe and productive learning environment.

Building Excellence is a six-year capital program approved by Seattle voters. There have been four Building Excellence levies/bonds since 1995. BEX I Levy passed in 1995 with $330 million; BEX II, a $398 million levy, was approved in 2001; the $490 million BEX III Bond was approved in 2007; and the BEX IV capital levy for $694.9 million was approved by voters in 2013. These three programs have replaced, renovated, and modernized schools throughout the district. In addition, technology and infrastructure has been upgraded.

BEX IV Project Information Page

School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) for BEX IV Projects

BEX IV Levy Communications Information

BEX IV Projects Timeline and Community Engagement

BEX IV Projects Pre-design Process

Levies Information Brochure for February 12, 2013 Special

Building Excellence Program Sites (map)

Report to the Community: Your Tax Dollars at Work Fall 2012

UPDATE:Seattle School Board approves $694.9 million capital levy
Measure to be on ballot Feb. 12, 2013, along with operations levy
News Release - Nov. 7, 2012

Superintendent's letter to families, staff and community

BEX IV capital levy FAQ (posted Nov. 8, 2012)

BEX IV Presentation to the School Board - Oct. 17, 2012

School Board Proposed Action Report Introduced Oct. 17, 2012

BEX IV Board Work Session 10-10-12 Agenda & Presentation September 2012 Community Meetings - Materials

BEX IV Capital Levy - Recommended Projects (Draft Sept. 11, 2012)

BEX IV Status Update Sept. 11, 2012

BEX IV Board Work Session Presentation May 9, 2012
BEX IV Levy Planning Scenario May 9, 2012

BEX IV Levy Planning Scenario (posted April 23, 2012)

BEX III Program Overview (new materials posted May 16, 2012)

Upcoming BEX IV Capital Levy Planning Community Meetings

SPS staff will share information and seek public comment and feedback regarding possible projects to be considered for adoption by the school board and submitted to Seattle voters in February 2013. The meetings will be held:

  • September 20 at Whitman Middle School, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • September 24 at Madison Middle School, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • September 27 at McClure Middle School, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Previous BEX IV Levy Planning Community Meetings

The BEX IV levy package will be submitted to Seattle voters in February 2013. The School Board will vote in October 2012 on a final list of construction projects to include. The District held three community meetings on April 3, 5 and 10 to share information and ask for feedback about options. Click here to view the presentation.


The capital levy is part of Seattle Public Schools’ long-range plan to upgrade and renovate aging school facilities on a planned and predictable timetable.

BEX III was approved by Seattle voters in 2007 and included the major renovation of Chief Sealth International High School, Hamilton International Middle School, Ingraham High School, Nathan Hale High School and Rainier Beach High School, as well as the new school construction of South Shore Pre k-8 and Denny International Middle School.

Previous Capital Levies and Bond

Capital Programs

Design Standards

Capital Projects and Planning Department revised the pre-design process for new schools and renovating existing schools in October 2012. Traditionally, architects base school designs on a predefined set of guidelines that set space requirements for elementary, middle, and high schools. With the this design process, each school now has more flexibility in adapting the design to fit the needs of its learning community. The process also emphasizes the importance of aligning the design with the school's transformation plan.

Below is more information about District design process and standards:

Strategic Infrastructure and Maintenance Initiative

Board Presentation 4/7/10
Board Presentation 9/1/10

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