Building Excellence (BEX) Capital Projects
School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) for BEX IV Projects
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.
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
- Handout: "Proposed BEX IV Capital Levy"
- PowerPoint: "Funding our Schools: February 2013 Levies"
- Handout: "Funding Our Schools: Levies 2013"
- BEX IV and Operations Levies FAQ
- Video: "Seattle Public Schools: Report to the Community"
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
- Building Excellence (BEX)
- Building, Technology and Athletics/Academics (BTA)
- Capital Programs Annual Reports- 2010 Annual Report, 2011 Annual Report, 2012 Annual Report
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:
- Seattle School District School Pre-design Process
- Elementary School Educational Specifications
- PK-8 School Educational Specifications
- Middle School Educational Specifications