Northgate Elementary School Replacement Project

The existing school building is being replaced with a new school building on the same site. Northgate Elementary School will remain onsite during construction. Once the new building is complete, the school will move to the new building. The old building will be demolished, and a new field and play areas will be constructed.

Upon opening, the school will be renamed James Baldwin Elementary, a name chosen by the school staff and families.


graphic showing project phases; with we are here in construction box see timeline below
  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents/permitting
  • Bid and award phase complete
  • Construction in progress
  • School opens Fall 2023

Learn what happens in the design and 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 Completed in October 2021

  • Continued footing, stem walls, and retaining walls installation
  • Began installing underground mechanical and electrical
  • Continue work on stormwater pipes

Major Activity Planned for November 2021

  • Pour minor concrete stem walls
  • Continue work on underground mechanical and electrical
  • Continue installing stormwater pipes

Live Webcam and Project Photos

a site plan drawing
Site plan of replacement school
aerial photograph of existing school
Aerial view of existing school before construction
a large trenching machine digging a trench
Rerouting existing storm drain down 1st Avenue N – Aug 2021
a trench down the side of a concrete road
Trench on 1st Ave N for storm drain move – Aug 2021
a concrete wall
Concrete stem wall for commons – Sept. 2021
forms for concrete with plastic over them
East concrete stem wall of commons – Sept. 2021
concrete pads with pipes sticking out and a construction vehicle
Footings for the west wing – Sept. 2021
a dirt field with white boxes and orange cones
Waterproofing being installed for footings – Oct. 2021
a construction site with walls covered in black and clear plastic tents held up by wood
Waterproofing installation and backfilling – Oct. 2021
wood forms for concrete stand inside of a trench
Forming concrete footings – Oct. 2021
a dirt field with pipes sticking up
Backfill on northeast part of building site

About the Project

The new two-story elementary school building 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 building designed to fit into the neighborhood. It will provide outdoor learning, play, and recreation areas.

Sustainable design features work toward the district energy goals. Features include a geothermal heating system, energy-efficient lighting, and solar panel readiness. No natural gas will be connected to the school.

The new school has been designed to provide an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment for the entire school community. Learning clusters will have classrooms surrounding learning commons.

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

Northgate Virtual Design Tour

Design Firm: NAC Architecture

General Contractor/Construction Management: Lydig Construction

Project Budget: $90.3M

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

School Design Advisory Team

Learn about the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process  and read meeting minutes.

Contact Us

Let’s Talk Comments and Questions form

Project Manager: Amanda Fulford,, 206.252.0697

Northgate Elementary School

11725 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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