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    Webster School Modernization and Addition Project


    About the Project

    Constructed in 1908, Webster School served as an elementary school through 1979. An addition was built in 1930 added an auditorium, library, industrial arts room, and play courts. The building and site have been designated historical landmarks by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.

    The Nordic Heritage Museum leased the building in 1980 and remodeled many rooms to house exhibits. The museum moved to new facility in 2018. This project will modernize the school building and construct an addition to bring it back into service for district use as a school.

    As part of the modernization, the district will make earthquake safety improvements, replace and update existing building systems, and construct a new gymnasium. New technology systems will be added to meet district technical standards.

    View a video about seismic upgrades for earthquake safety

    In 1997, Seattle Parks and Recreation opened Webster Park on the western portion of the Webster School site, and in 2009, SPS sold that portion of the property to Parks and Recreation. A Joint Use Agreement is in place, and the district plans to schedule use of the park during the school day to support recess and physical education programs.

    Once completed, the school will total 52,500 square feet: 44,800 square feet in the historical building plus a 7,700-square-foot addition for the new gym and entrance. 

    Project Manager: Brian Fabella,, 206-252-0702

    Design: TCF Architecture

    General Contractor/Construction Manager: BN Builders


    The timeline for this project has changed due to delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    • Construction start Spring 2019
    • Completed Fall 2020
    • Completed school move-in Winter 2020

    Funding Source

    A Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy project approved by Seattle voters in 2016.

    Project Budget

    $39.8 million

    Licton Springs K-8 Option School

    Due to the construction delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Licton Springs K-8 will now move to Webster over the winter break. The school will open in January.

    The Seattle School Board approved the Student Assignment Transition Plan (SATP) for 2020-21 at their Nov. 6, 2019 meeting. Part of the plan included moving Licton Springs K-8 to Webster School. In addition, the Licton Springs K-8 geographic zone (geozone) has been expanded.

    Project Updates

    Updates are posted for the previous month the week after the monthly BEX and BTA Capital Levies Oversight Committee meetings. These meetings typically take place on the first Friday of each month.

    December 2020 

    • Received health permit
    • Completing punchlist items
    • Continued commissioning activities; building flush in progress
    • Moved Licton Springs K-8 into building
    • Continued project close out

    Webster School
    3015 NW 68th St.
    Seattle, WA 98117

    Licton Springs K-8 School Profile

    Licton Springs K-8 School Website

    Construction and COVID-19

    Contractors working on district projects are required to comply with the state’s Phase 2 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements. This includes developing a comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation, and recovery plan.

    More information on construction and COVID-19 


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