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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 an interim site during construction.

project phase graphic showing currently in schematic design
Learn what happens during these project phases


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

Community Participation

Virtual Community Meeting Coming Up

Date: Thursday, June 2

Time: 6 to 7 p.m.

Instructions to participate: A meeting link will be posted on Wednesday, June 1. You will need web access to join the meeting.

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 April 2022

The School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process continued. The project team met with the Department of Neighborhoods regarding the landmarked parts of the existing school. Development of the Draft SEPA Checklist continues.

Major activity planned for May 2022

The Schematic Design phase is ending, and the project will move to Design Development. Once the Draft SEPA Checklist is posted, the comment period begins. A community meeting is being planned for early June.

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