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    West Woodland Elementary Addition and Improvements

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    Learn what happens during these design and construction phases

    About the Project

    The current West Woodland Elementary School opened in 1991. It replaced an earlier school building originally opened in 1910. Enlarging the school will help address enrollment growth in the neighborhood.

    This project constructs a new, approximately 28,000 square foot addition and remodels approximately 7,700 square feet of the existing building to provide 12 new classrooms, an expanded gymnasium, commons, and associated support and infrastructure spaces. The remainder of the existing school building will receive interior finish upgrades and improvements to technology and communication infrastructure. Site work includes improved landscaping and play areas. The loading dock will be moved, and a 7-stall parking lot for staff will be added.

    West Woodland will move to the interim site at John Marshall School during construction.

    Project Manager: Paul Wight,, 206-252-0648

    Design: McGranahan Architects

    Construction: TBD


    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase complete
    • Design development phase complete
    • Construction document/permitting complete
    • Bid/award contracts phase in progress
    • Construction begins Summer 2020
    • Addition opens Fall 2021

    Funding Source

    Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, which was approved by Seattle voters in 2019, and by a state Distressed Schools Grant.

    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.

    June 2020

    • Executed construction contract
    • Issued construction Notice to Proceed
    • Construction begins in July

    The School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) worked with the project manager and project architect to develop school-specific education standards during the pre-design and schematic design phases. Meeting minutes are posted.

    photo of the front entrance of West Woodland

    West Woodland Elementary School
    5601 4th Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98107

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    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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