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    Magnolia Elementary School Modernization and Addition Project

    Phase I (complete) and Phase II


    Phase I — Opened September 2019

    Funded by the Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2016; Distressed Schools Grant from Washington state, and the state’s School Construction Assistance Program


    • Construction started: Winter 2018
    • Construction complete: Summer 2019
    • School opened: September 2019

    About the Project

    Magnolia School was originally constructed in 1927 and subsequently expanded in 1931, 1941, and 1969. The building and site have been designated as a historical landmark by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. The school was closed in 1984 and used as a temporary site from 1987–2004.

    The existing school was modernized and new classroom and gymnasium wings were building in order to open the school as a new attendance area elementary to provide needed capacity in the Magnolia area.

    Existing classroom windows were replaced with new thermally efficient windows, which replicate the historic aesthetic. Given the landmark designation of the building, many of the existing interior features, such as the main entry hall, the lunchroom/auditorium, classroom casework and trim, will be refurbished to preserve its historic character.

    The school includes a multi-level playground designed to provide outdoor learning opportunities as well as play and is fully ADA-compliant.

    Building size: 71,000 square feet including 40,300-square-foot historical building and 30,800-square-foot additions to house up to 490 elementary students. The modernized school will include three kindergarten classrooms with toilets; 15 classrooms for grades 1-5; two classrooms for art and music; two classrooms for special education; a resource room; three learning commons; rooms for Access, Focus, and occupational/physical therapy; a gymnasium; a lunchroom/commons; and administrative spaces.

    Read the story about this project.

    Design: Mahlum Architects, Inc.

    Contractor: FORMA Construction Company

    Phase II

    Funded by a Distressed Schools Grant from Washington state, and the state’s School Construction Assistance Program. This portion of the school was planned, but state funding was not secured before construction of Phase I began.


    • Expected construction start: Winter 2020
    • Expected addition opening: Winter 2021
    This project will be an addition of six classrooms to bring Magnolia Elementary School into compliance with the McCleary Decision for class size reduction. The school will achieve a 500-student capacity. The addition will be constructed after the renovation and addition project that opened in September 2019.

    Design: Mahlum Architects, Inc.

    Contractor: TBD

    Magnolia Elementary School
    2418 28th Ave. W
    Seattle, WA 98199

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