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Montlake Elementary Modernization and Addition Project

The existing school building will be modernized and an addition will be built. Montlake Elementary will move to the John Marshall School interim site during construction.

construction progress graphic showing in design development phase
Learn what happens during these project phases


  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design complete
  • Design development phase in progress
  • Construction documents/permitting phase in progress
  • Bid and award phase begins Winter 2023
  • Construction begins Summer 2023
  • School opens Fall 2025

Community Participation

Virtual community update on Dec. 13

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Meeting presentation

Meeting Video

Due to some technical difficulties, the meeting video starts a few minutes into the meeting at agenda item 2: Centering Equity + Strategic Plan goals. You can see the slides prior to the point we join in the presentation above.

We are working to answer the questions provided that we didn’t get to during the meeting.

You can always submit additional questions to Let’s Talk. Select Montlake Construction to ensure it comes directly to the Montlake project team.

School Design Advisory Team (SDAT)

Early in the design process, representatives from the school community come together to form a school’s SDAT. SDATs typically include school and district staff, parents, and community members. Students are sometimes included for all or part of the process. The project construction managers also take part. Learn more about the Montlake Elementary School SDAT.

Virtual Community Meeting – June 2022

Thank you to all who could join us for the community update on Thursday, June 2.

Community Update Presentation-June 2022

Current Designs

These images show architect’s drawings of how the new school might look.

architect's drawing of a brick building with a side walk and garden
Potential new entrance – Oct. 2022
architect's drawing of a brick building with a courtyard and playground equipment
Potential play courtyard – Oct. 2022
architect's drawing of a large interior space with a stage and some round tables
Potential view of the commons and stage-Oct 2022
a site plan drawing of a u-shaped building with a courtyard
Site plan for proposed addition and existing building – Oct. 2022

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 or second Friday of each month.

Major activity in December 2022

  • Continued work to bring project into budget alignment
  • Attended permit intake meeting with Seattle Department of Construction and Inspection
  • Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS) issued on SEPA report appealed. Hearing has been set for January 13, 2023
  • Held virtual community meeting on Dec. 13.

About the Project

The 2-story existing school building is a designated Seattle Landmark. The 22,447 square-foot landmarked building will be renovated and modernized.

The proposed design includes renovations to the existing landmarked building and construction of a new 3-story addition.

Designed for current and future students

Once complete, the school will provide an equitable learning space for up to 500 K-5 elementary students. It will meet district educational standards while reflecting the input from the school design advisory team comprised of school leaders, students, parents, and community members.

The addition will be set into the site with a roofline height that respects the scale of the current school building and neighborhood.

  • Accessibility will be built in throughout the campus to ensure everyone can attend or visit the school.
  • Classrooms will be arranged with a variety of shared learning spaces to support academic success for every student.

Safety and security

Students, families, and visitors will be welcomed through a new entry plaza on the northeast side of the of the addition.

Visitors will enter through a single access point, the secure main entrance that invites them into the administrative office for check-in before entering the school.

Outdoor connections

New outdoor learning spaces will be constructed on the east side of the landmarked school building. A central play courtyard will provide a direct connection to the garden terraces. A second-floor learning and play terrace will directly connect to classrooms.

Building a sustainable future

Sustainable design features will be built in to work toward the
district goals for clean energy and renewable resources, including a high-performing building envelope and the installation of solar panels.

Temporary Move — 2023-24 and 2024-25 School Years

Montlake Elementary School will move to the John Marshall School interim site, 520 NE Ravenna Blvd, during construction. School bus transportation will be provided.

More information

Design Firm: DLR Group

General Contractor/Construction Management Firm (GC/CM): Skanska

Project Budget: $64.8 million

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

Project Manager: Paul Wight,, 206-252-0648


For questions or comments about the project, please use our online feedback form

Montlake Elementary School
2409 22nd Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112