Seattle Public Schools



Montlake Elementary Modernization and Addition Project

The existing school building will be modernized and an addition will be built.

Montlake Elementary has moved to the John Marshall School interim site, 520 NE Ravenna Boulevard, for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 school years.

construction phase graphic showing that the school is in the Construction phase
Learn what happens during these project phases


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

Project Progress

Construction Photos

an excavator, a lift, a tractor, and a box truck sit in front of a brick building that has demolition debris below it
Most of the building addition on west side has been demolished – August 2023
a two story brick building has windows on the top floor. an excavator is sitting below it on a concrete pad with only two walls remaining. a dumpster is next to the concrete
Demolishing the old gym where it attached to the landmarked building – August 2023
a two story brick building has had something removed over a concrete pad
Existing outdoor play area demolition in progress – August 2023
a brick building with construction in progress on the outside
Shoring the existing west side of the school – Sept. 2023
a construction site with material on the ground
Excavation on the south side of the building – Sept. 2023
aerial view of a construction site next to a building
Aerial view in October 2023
a brick building has wood in the window holes and construction next to it
Concrete forms and rebar for new footing next to historic building – Oct. 2023
inside of a building partially torn up with posts and beams with some windows covered in wood and some open
Interior demolition on the first floor of the landmarked building – Oct. 2023

Construction Update

Progress updates are posted for the previous month.

Major activity in October  

  • Received building permit.
  • Completed drilling of 45 out of 105 geothermal wells.
  • Continued exporting soil to John Rogers Elementary School for site preparation at that project.
  • Prepared for expected heavy rains during winter months.
  • Began site excavations for placement of concrete footings.

Major activity expected in November

  • Continue excavation for concrete footings.
  • Begin below-grade waterproofing.
  • Begin placing re-bar for concrete footings.

Current Designs

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

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
architect's drawing of a brick building with a side walk and garden
Architect’s drawing of the new entrance – June 2023
architect's drawing of a brick building with a courtyard and playground equipment
Architect’s drawing of play area – June 2023

Community Participation

Virtual community update — December 2022

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

Community Meeting Presentation

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

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