Capital Projects and Planning

Seattle Public Schools Capital Projects and Planning Department

The Capital Projects and Planning Department supports the district’s Strategic Plan by building and modernizing schools so they support high-quality instruction and learning experiences.

When we build a new building, modernize an existing school, or construct an addition, the project is planned to meet the district’s educational standards as well as the specific needs of the individual school.

Our primary goals are:

  • To strengthen and streamline capital project management
  • To wisely manage the use of building capacity
  • To enhance cost-effective use of capital resources

Current Initiatives

We partner with other departments to meet district goals. Most of our initiatives relate to providing facilities that support high-quality instruction and learning experiences.

School construction and building improvements are funded primarily by voter-approved capital levies. Projects are in progress using the three most recent capital levies.

Planning is underway for the next capital levy, Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V (BTA V). You can learn more on the levy planning pages.

Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, a six-year, $1.4 billion levy that modernizes or replaces eight aging schools, plans for the future, invests in technology, and improves building systems and athletic fields. Approved in 2019.

Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy,a six-year, $475.3 million levy providing funds for renovation, major maintenance, and health and safety improvements; technology classroom equipment and instructional support to enhance student learning; academics projects to meet the educational requirements and needs of students; and athletic improvements to upgrade fields. Approved in 2016.

Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Program, a six-year, $694.9 million levy that replaced/renovated/builds 17 schools. Approved in 2013. The final BEX IV school replacement project is Wing Luke Elementary.

Student and Community Workforce Agreement (SCWA) with priority hire provisions will apply to construction projects that are at or above $5 million in estimated construction value. The SCWA supports business objectives and prioritizes career development, training, and employment for SPS students. Read more about SCWA.


We are proud to see principals, teachers, and students using newly renovated or constructed buildings and new systems to enrich the learning experience.

Recently completed projects include replacement of Wing Luke Elementary School, an addition at West Woodland Elementary School, and an addition at Magnolia Elementary School.