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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.


construction phase graphic showing that the school is in the Construction phase
Learn about each project phase
  • 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
  • Phase II begins Fall 2023 — demolition of old building and playfield/playground development

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 exterior and interior framing
  • Continued exterior building wrap, siding, and masonry installation
  • Roughing in mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP)
  • Began installing gypsum wallboard

Major Activity Planned for September 2022

  • Continue exterior building wrap, siding, and masonry installation
  • Begin window and storefront installation
  • Continue MEP rough in
  • Install gypsum wallboard

Live Webcam and Project Photos

See a live view of the construction site with the web camera!

a site plan drawing
Site plan of replacement school
aerial photograph of existing school
Aerial view of existing school before construction
concrete pads with pipes sticking out and a construction vehicle
Footings for the west wing – Sept. 2021
wood forms for concrete stand inside of a trench
Forming concrete footings – Oct. 2021
Aerial view of a construction site with a large building to the left
Aerial view looking west – Nov. 2021
a construction project with a concrete wall across the back and concrete forms and gravel
Concrete stem wall and footings at commons area – Nov. 2021
a crane lifts structural steel into place
Structural steel on northwest side of new school building – Dec. 2021
a crane lifts structural steel into place
Structural steel erection underway – Dec. 2021
a crane lifts structural steel into place
Structural steel erection at northwest corner of project
an I-beam painted white with signatures
Northgate Elementary School students signed one of the beams for the new school – Dec. 2021
aerial view of a construction site with part of a concrete wall for a new building
View of commons under construction – Dec. 2021
aerial view of a construction site with steel framing on right side and an existing building on left side
Aerial view looking southwest – Dec. 2021
aerial view of a large building being constructed
Structural steel and decking are shown looking southwest toward existing school – Jan. 2022
structural steel frame for large building with dirt, materials, and equipment in front
New building entry structural steel – Jan. 2022
looking under a corrugated metal floor with stairs going up on the right hand side
Steel stairs and metal decking for level 2, northwest corner – Jan. 2022
a steel framed building with joists installed at one end and a metal grid on the floor
Steel joist installation started at northwest corner to prep for roofing – Feb. 2022
aerial view of a building under constructon with steel framing and a large building in the background
Aerial view looking southeast toward the existing school building – Feb. 2022
workers in a steel structure with a metal roof are working on concrete that is being poured
Concrete pour on metal deck for level 2 on the northwest corner – Mar. 2022
concrete being pumped into a steel framed building under construction
Concrete pour at southeast corner of the project – Mar. 2022
aerial view with a building that has metal roofing on top of steel structure and another building that is just steel structure
Aerial view of metal roofing looking northeast – Mar. 2022
aerial view of a large building under construction
Installing the roofing and exterior sheathing – April 2022
a partially built 2 story building
Exterior sheathing being installed on classroom wing – April 2022
metal wall studs in a building under construction
Interior framing in place – April 2022
a raised platform below steel framed walls
Final concrete poured for the stage in the commons, May 2022
a partially completed stair way with bleachers next to it
Main entry stairway and learning stairs in progress, May 2022
a large space under construction with some steel frames for walls
Installation of interior metal studs, piping, and duct work, May 2022
a partially built structure with yellow panels being installed
Installing the exterior sheathing – May 2022
aerial photo of a large building with houses and trees
Aerial view looking southwest; existing school in upper right – June 2022
aerial view of a large building with construction happening
Aerial view looking northwest – June 2022
metal framing inside a large building under construction
Framing for the curved wall in the administration wing – June 2022
a metal framed wall with window holes
Interior framing in place for library curved wall – June 2022
aerial photo of a building under construction with trees and house around it
Aerial view looking southeast – Aug. 2022
aerial of a building udner construction with another large building next to it
Aerial view looking northwest – Aug. 2022
an unfinished corridor in a large building
Wallboard installation underway on floor 1 – Aug. 2022
an unfinished wall with insulation between metal studs
Floor 2 insulation and mechanical equipment – Aug. 2022

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.

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.

Sustainable Design and Construction

In keeping with SPS’s clean energy goals, operation of the new school will not require any fossil fuels. In addition, the roof is designed to accommodate solar panels, which could offset 80% of the building’s energy use in the future.

Features to reduce energy use:

  • Geothermal heating
  • Highly efficient ventilation that recovers heat before air leaves the school
  • Energy-efficient LED lighting
  • Highly insulated walls and roofs
  • High performance fiberglass windows

Other sustainable design strategies:

  • Storm water management with rain gardens
  • Native and drought-resistant plantings
  • Shielded site lighting to reduce light pollution
  • Demolition and construction debris sorted and recycled

Projected Energy Use Index (EUI): 17.3

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 for Project Questions

Project Manager: Amanda Fulford,, 206-252-0697

Northgate Elementary School

11725 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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