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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.

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Learn what happens during these project phases


  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design complete
  • Design development phase in progress
  • Construction documents/permitting phase begins Fall 2022
  • Bid and award phase begins Winter 2023
  • Construction begins Summer 2023
  • School opens Fall 2025

Community Participation

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

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

Meeting video

Community Update Presentation

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 August 2022

  • Completed schematic design and estimating
  • Collecting public comment on SEPA checklist
  • Began Departures process
  • Began permit process
  • Selected MC/CM and EC/CM firms
  • Conducted value engineering

Major activity planned for September 2022

Work will continue on Design Documents, SEPA, Departures, and permitting.

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. A new 65,000 square-foot 3-story addition will be constructed. The completed project will provide permanent space for up to 500 students.

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,


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

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