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    Webster School Modernization and Addition Project

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



    • Construction start: Spring 2019
    • Estimated completion: Summer 2020
    • Estimated school opening: Fall 2020

    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.

    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. The school includes three kindergarten classrooms with toilets, 14 classrooms for students in grades 1-5, and three special education spaces. Webster could also serve a K-8 school.

    Program Placement Under Consideration

    While a decision has not yet been made as to what program will be housed at Webster School, the Seattle School Board is currently considering moving Licton Springs K-8 to Webster. If the move is approved by Board members, Capital Projects and Planning staff will work with the Licton Springs K-8 community to adjust the school for Licton Springs needs.

    The Board is also considering an expansion of the Licton Springs K-8 geographic zone (geozone) as a part of this change.

    A decision is expected at the School Board meeting on November 20, 2019.

    Design: TCF Architecture

    General Contractor/Construction Manager: BN Builders

    Project Updates


    September 2019

    • Brace frame footings have been installed.
    • Elevator pit has been dug.
    • Excavation for the gymnasium footings is almost complete and reinforcing has started.
    • Work is underway for earthquake safety improvements in the existing buildings.

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

    Project Manager
    Brian Fabella, 206-252-0702


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