Capital Projects

Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Projects

BEX IV Project Information Page
School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) for BEX IV Projects

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

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

SPSstaff will share information and seek public comment and feedback regarding possible projects to be considered for adoption by the schoolboard 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 Seattlevoters in February 2013. The School Board will vote in October 2012 on afinal 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 aplanned and predictable timetable.

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

Previous Capital Levies and Bond

Capital Programs

Capital Projects and Planning Department revised thepre-design process for new schools and renovating existing schools inOctober 2012. Traditionally, architects base school designs on apredefined set of guidelines that set space requirements for elementary,middle, and high schools. With the this design process, each school nowhas more flexibility in adapting the design to fit the needs of itslearning community. The process also emphasizes the importance ofaligning 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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Richard Best
Director, Capital Projects and Planning

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