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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.

    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
    • Estimated completion Fall 2020
    • Estimated school opening Winter 2020-21

    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.

    April 2020


    • Began site grading for hardscape and landscape
    • Completed gas line and meter connection
    • Prepared for permanent power connection in May

    Gymnasium addition

    • Continued framing, wallboard installation, and waterproofing in the "hyphen" connecting the historic building with the addition
    • Completed the concrete stairs, ramp, and benches to the connecting space

    Modernization of historic building

    • Installing wallboard and taping on 3rd floor
    • Pulling wire to and from classrooms
    • Working on elevator installation
    • Restoring exterior masonry (brick and concrete wainscot)
    • Framing library on 2nd floor

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

    Construction and COVID-19

    Contractors working on district projects are required to comply with the state’s Phase 1 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements. Contractors must develop and post a site safety plan that addresses the phase 1 construction safety requirements.

    More information on construction and COVID-19


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