Kimball Elementary School Replacement Project

The existing building is being removed and replaced with a new school building on the same site.

Kimball Elementary has been relocated to the interim site at Van Asselt School, 7201 Beacon Ave. S., for the 2021-22 school year and the 2022-23 school year.


graphic showing project phases; see timeline below
  • Predesign phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents/permitting phase complete
  • Bid and award phase complete
  • Construction in progress
  • School opens Fall 2023

Learn what happens during these construction phases

Recent Progress

Progress 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.

Major Activity in October 2021

  • Completed building demolition including removal of remaining concrete footings and slabs
  • Graded site and removed unsuitable soil
  • Installed elevator shaft cylinder

Major Activity Planned for November 2021

  • Install deep utilities
  • Prepare pad for building A
  • Build footings for building B

Live Webcam and Project Photos

a site plan drawing of Kimball Elementary
Site plan of new Kimball Elementary school
a concrete slab with a construction machine
Slab from existing school after building demolition
pile of demoltion debris and a part of a building
Gym demolition
demolition debris and construction equipment
Portable demolition
a concrete slab with dirt surrounding it and houses in the distance
Slab remains from existing school after above ground demolition
aerial photo of a neighborhood with an empty block sized lot
Aerial view – Sept. 2021
a dug up area with a chain link fence that has trees on the other side
Former location of portables – Sept. 2021
a pile of demolition debris in the middle of a dirt field
Former location of middle building – Sept. 2021
a dirt field with houses in the distance
Former location of upper building – Sept. 2021
two digging machines breaking up concrete next to a concrete stairway
Demolition of the existing building slab – Sept. 2021
a wood wall with metal posts holds back a hillside next to a flat dirt and gravel field
Shoring wall near north building – Oct. 2021
a metal circle is level with a gravel and dirt field with a small trench all the way around
Elevator shaft cylinder installed – Oct. 2021
a wood wall with steel posts holds about 5 feet of dirt and plants above a construction site
Shoring wall near south building – Oct. 2021
a dirt construction site has a hole in the middle with a person working on a wood frame in it. there is a digging machine behind it
Preparing for deep footings – Oct. 2021
a flatbed semi truck has a load of wood and other materials on it
Materials salvaged from old building heading to storage – Oct. 2021

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. 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.

Sustainable design features work toward the district goal of net-zero energy usage including a geothermal heating system, energy-efficient lighting, and solar panel readiness for a future installation.

A School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) that included the principal, staff, teachers, parents, and community members advised the school architect. This collaborative approach resulted in an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment for the Kimball school community. 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.

Design firm: NAC Architecture

Contractor : Cornerstone Construction

Project Budget: $86.4M

Funding Source: Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2019.

Video Tour: View an animated video tour of the new school building from NAC Architecture.