Kimball Elementary School Replacement Project
Kimball Elementary is in their new school building for the 2023-24 school year.
- Predesign phase complete
- Schematic design phase complete
- Design development phase complete
- Construction documents/permitting phase complete
- Bid and award phase complete
- Construction complete
- School open
New School Building Open
A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the opening of the new school on Aug. 31, 2023. Read the story.
Photos from the event and of the completed school are below.
Progress updates are posted for the previous month after the BEX and BTA Oversight Committee meets.
During September, the project team worked on the closeout including commissioning and punch lists. Both are expected to be complete in October.
Project Progress Archive
Architects drawings show what the new school might look like
About the Project
The new three-story Kimball Elementary School will provide the spaces and resources that students need for academic success. The approximately 95,000 square foot school will meet the district’s elementary educational specifications and provide space for up to 650 students. It is designed to provide an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment for all students.
A collaborative process resulted in a plan that preserves valuable outdoor spaces that will be used for both education and recreation. The design is organized into learning clusters with classrooms surrounding learning commons. It will have secure points of entry with visitor access controlled by the administration office.
The new school building was thoughtfully designed to fit into the neighborhood with color choices that reflect natural elements. A canopy will provide a waiting and gathering area near the front entrance.
Sustainable Design and Construction
In keeping with SPS’s clean energy goals, operation of the new school will not require any fossil fuels. In addition, the roof is designed to accommodate solar panels, which could offset 80% of the building’s energy use in the future.
Features to reduce energy use:
- Geothermal heating
- Highly efficient ventilation that recovers heat before air leaves the school
- Energy-efficient LED lighting
- Highly insulated walls and roofs
- High performance fiberglass windows
Other sustainable design strategies:
- Storm water management with rain gardens
- Native and drought-resistant plantings
- Shielded site lighting to reduce light pollution
- Demolition and construction debris sorted and recycled
Projected Energy Use Index (EUI): 18
Design firm: NAC Architecture
Contractor : Cornerstone General Contractors
Project Budget: $86.4M
Funding Source: Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2019.