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Capital Projects and Planning

Photos above, left to right: New Wing Luke Elementary School, modernized and expanded Daniel Webster School, and modernized and expanded Daniel Bagley Elementary School

SPS 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 Work

School construction projects and building improvements are funded primarily by voter-approved capital levies. Visit the construction project pages to see where work is underway.

Capital Levy Planning

Planning is in progress for the next capital levy, Building Excellence VI (BEX VI), which is expected to be on the ballot in February 2025.

Capital Levy-Funded School Construction Projects

Builidings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy V (BTA V) is a six-year $783 million levy providing funds for projects that improve our school buildings, technology for students, staff, and teachers, and changes to support academic achievement. It also funds school playground and playfield improvements, and replacement of the stands at Memorial Stadium..

Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V) 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. It was approved by Seattle voters in 2019. BEX V expires in 2025.

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. It was approved by Seattle voters in 2016. BTA IV expires in 2022.

Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Program, a six-year, $694.9 million levy that replaced/renovated/builds 17 schools. It was approved by Seattle voters in 2013. The final BEX IV school replacement project is Wing Luke Elementary, which was completed in spring 2021.

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.


Projects completed in 2021 include replacement of Wing Luke Elementary School, an addition at West Woodland Elementary School, an addition at Magnolia Elementary School, and a complete modernization of Daniel Webster School to return it to use as a school building. In summer 2020, the modernization and addition project at Daniel Bagley Elementary School was completed. These schools are now supporting students in achieving academic success.

The department’s capital planning team recently completed the 2021 Facilities Master Plan, which looks at capital construction needs for the next six years.