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CPP at North Queen Anne

Cascade Parent Partnership at North Queen Anne School

Upgrade existing school building to better meet the needs of Cascade Parent Partnership.

Cascade Parent Partnership has returned to their home location.

construction phase graphic showing that the school is in the Open phase
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Ribbon-cutting Ceremony

On Sept. 11, Cascade Parent Partnership returned to North Queen Anne School after seismic upgrades and other improvements to better meet the needs of the school community.

Photos of the ceremony are below.

a man stands next to some helium balloons and a red ribbon stretched between silver stands
Principal Gonder speaks with families before the ceremony
a man hands something to a child while and adult and another child stand by
Project Manager Mark Emelko shares pieces of the ribbon with students
a group of people hold pieces of red ribbon. one person has huge scissors and has his hand in the air in celebration
Principal Gonder celebrates the opening
a group of people are lined up behind a red ribbon. all hold scissors with the person in the middle holding giant scissors
Counting down to the cut to open the school
a group of people hold scissors and have just cut a red ribbon
The ribbon is cut!

Recent Progress

Read a story about the chalkboard uncovered during demolition with signatures from 1938

In September, the project team:

  • Completed most work in time for school to open
  • Held ribbon-cutting ceremony with families and staff on Sept. 11, 2023
  • Continued work on building commissioning.
  • Began punchlist work.

Project Progress Photos

a site plan drawing
Site plan showing existing structures
a hallway with doors opening off of it
Before-interior corridor facing east from main entrance
a hallway with doors. the floor is covered with protective material and the ceiling has been removed so you can see wires and beams
Interior corridor facing east from main entrance – demolition in progress – Feb. 2022
a corridor with a bulletin board on the wall and doors
Before: East corridor looking north
a corridor with skylights and walls stripped to the studs
East corridor looking north with demolition in progress – Feb. 2022
a large cast iron boiler with pipes coming out of it
Before: Boiler room prior to construction
a large room with demolition in progress
Boiler room demolition in progress – Feb. 2022
a steel panel says Seattle School Dist. No. 1 1913
Steel panel removed from original boiler dated 1913. Now a part of SPS archives.
a black board has chalked names on it
Chalkboard uncovered during demolition, signed by school students and staff in January 1938 – Unfortunately, it is a material painted onto wall board and cannot be removed and preserved – Feb. 2022
close up of the date Jan. 31, 1938
Close view of part of the 1938 signatures on the chalkboard – Feb. 2022
workers stand in front of a brick building that has holes for windows and a door, but they are filled with plywood
Exterior view of new door to outside on the east wall of the classroom area – Mar. 2022
a concrete wall has a space for a window with plywood instead of glass
Preparation for new window for the office, near the main entry – Mar. 2022
inside a large room that has large openings to other spaces
Inside the commons looking north – Mar. 2022
a large open space has windows that are closed off with wood and a pile of soile next to a trench
North side of main entry corridor looking north toward the new office – Mar. 2022
a double doorway with open doors has wood framed windows around it
Looking into the main entry corridor from the main entrance, looking east into the building – Mar. 2022
a driveway between chain link fences with a boarded up brick building
Entrance to the school site – April 2022
inside of a building under construction with wheelbarrows
The plywood is covering the space for the new window in the new office – April 2022
workers standing in a large open area in a building under construction
Looking east from the new office space toward what will be the library – April 2022
a concrete block room with a concret floor and a ladder
Demolition in the former boiler room is nearly complete – April 2022
A brick chimney that has had about 2/3 of the brick removed
Demolition of the chimney is nearly complete – April 2022
a concrete ceiling with a crack in it
Unexpected cracks need to be repaired, May 2022
a room under construction with a blackboard below bricks, there is an x on one wall
Proposed cleanout location marked with X, May 2022
a steel beam in a room under construction
Structural steel has been delivered and is being moved in, May 2022
a roof with a square area framed and covered with plastic
Chimney demolition complete, May 2022
a concrete area in front of a brick building with boarded up windows
Work has begun on play area improvements – June 2022
a person stands in a room under construction with metal posts
Temporary supports being used during structural steel installation – June 2022
a brick and black wall with rebar i n front
Rebar installed in front of the historic chalkboard – June 2022
wood framing instid of an existing building
Interior wall construction in progress – June 2022
a concrete wall with a scaffold in front of it
Concrete installed over the historic chalkboard; smooth area to be removed to show chalk signatures – Aug. 2022
a large room under construction with plywood over the window openings
Main office structural steel installed – Aug. 2022
a close view of a brick section of wall with plywood window next to it
Brick masonry was repaired prior to window installation – Aug. 2022
a concrete wall with a space for window
Shotcrete wall surrounding new window in main office – Aug. 2022
a concrete wall in a building under construction
Concrete installed over historic chalkboard, with area marked for cutout showing signatures from 1938 – Sept. 2022
an open roof hatch on a flat roof
New roof hatch installed – Sept. 2022
a mechancial fixture on a flat roof
New roof top unit for mechanical system – Sept. 2022
an indoor space under construction with steel posts and a steel beam
Adding additional steel supports in library space – Oct. 2022
a ceiling with no tiles and a steel i-beam perpendicular to two existing beams
Installing structural steel and steel tie rods in main office space – Oct. 2022
an interior of a building under construction with wood framing and a structural steel beam
Interior framing in progress for the administration office – Nov. 2022
a wood framed interior wall with insulation between the uprights
Installing insulation – Nov. 2022
wood framing in an old building with new metal beams
Installing wood framing at the main office and administrative area – Dec. 2022
wood framing between concrete walls has pipes attached
Installing plumbing – Dec. 2022
metal ductwork in the ceiling next to large pipes
Installing plumbing, ductwork, and sprinklers in ceiling – Dec. 2022
the corner of a brick building with a flat roof. a truck sits in front
Window installation complete – Jan. 2023
a yellow painted brick building with a rust colored cornice has windows
New windows on the south wall – Jan. 2023
an L shaped brick building with windows
Northwest corner windows complete – Jan. 2023
a room with construction going on - the walls do not have wall board and a frame for a counter is in front
Reception counter and window frame underway in new administrative office – Jan. 2023
a wood framed wall and ceiling has pink insulation behind clear plastic
Insulation installation continues – Jan. 2023
a room unfinished has windows in wood framed walls
Windows installed in west wall – Jan. 2023
wood framing is open to the room with wallboard on the back side of it. piping, ducts, and electrical conduit can be seen in the walls
Rough in of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and sprinklers in the kitchen – Feb. 2023
a large room under construction with wallboard installed on one side, windows on the other. and a concrete floor
View of the library looking west toward the checkout desk location – Feb. 2023
a concrete pad has part of a play structure installed. trees are in the background
Play structure installation underway – Feb. 2023
a room under construction has pink fluffy material between wall studs, a window to outside, and a partially built large box
Administration office location with reception counter under construction – March 2023
a room under construction has a concrete floor, deep window wells with windows, and gypsum wall board on the walls
Wallboard installation underway in library – March 2023
a room underconstruction has four glass panels with black framing between two walls. The glass says "nana wall."
NanaWall – folding wall panels – installed between main hallway and the lunchroom – March 2023
outside of a 1-story brick building, playground equipment is being installed. there are trees in the background
Playground installation underway – March 2023
an unfinished gypsum covered wall has a four-panel glass door installed
Folding glass wall between the main corridor and the commons – April 2023
a room with taped but unfinished wallboard, a half wall, and a window
Future reception counter and exterior window in administration area – April 2023
outdoor play structures site on artificial turf
New play area equipment – April 2023
a rough concrete floor with a wall that has studs in place
Subfloor demolition to prepare for new concrete topping – May 2023
a smooth concrete floor with a wall that has studs and windows
Concrete topping poured in classroom – May 2023
a room with piping at the ceiling, windows on the right side wall, and a door on the left side. the floor is concrete and the back wall is concrete masonry units
Work in progress to update the art room – May 2023
a hallway has wallboard installed and taped, an open ceiling with a skylight, and covered floors. Two ladders are in the lower right and power cords are along the floor.
Intersection from west wing to east wing with taping and plastering in progress – June 2023
a room has a wood ceiling. the walls are wallboard with tape and mud installed. There is a window on the right and doors on the left
Wallboard, tape, and mud complete in one of the classrooms – June 2023
an unfinished hallway with one wall showing wallboard that is taped and mudded. The ceiling is open with a metal grid partially installed
Installing ceiling grid in the west wing – June 2023
part of a wall with a window shaped opening
Location of the preserved section of the historic chalkboard, still under protection – June 2023
a window is inset into a wall and has a black surface with chalk writing behind the plexiglass
Preserved section of the historic chalkboard in the library – August 2023
a hallway has doors leading from it and leads to outside. the walls are white at the bottom and gray at the top
Hallway in the 1922 east wing – August 2023
a classroom with a door leading outside and windows on one wall
East wing classroom – August 2023
a large empty room has large folding glass doors on one side
Updated commons complete with new folding wall to hallway – August 2023

About the Project

The North Queen Anne School building is undergoing upgrades to better meet the needs of Cascade Parent Partnership.

Work includes seismic upgrades for earthquake safety, expansion of the fire sprinklers and fire alarm system to connect the whole building, heating and ventilation system replacement, and electrical system upgrades. Interior floors, ceilings, and casework will be replaced.

Existing program spaces will be reconfigured and upgraded. Exterior doors will be added to the arts classroom and science classroom to provide access to outdoor areas for classroom projects. This the school administration area will be moved next to the main entrance. A new window will provide visibility to the entrance and parking lot. The commons/lunchroom space will have moveable glass walls that can open to the corridor — providing both natural light and the ability to enlarge the space for school gatherings.

Project Design: Studio Meng Strazzara

Contractor: Optimus Construction

Project Budget: $8.14 million

Funding sources: Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2019, and the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy, approved by voters in 2016.

Project Manager: Mark Emelko,, 206-252-0670


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