Northgate Elementary School Replacement Project

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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.

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  • 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

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 September 2021

  • Began footing and stem wall installation, and waterproofing activities
  • Started layout for major utility routing
  • Completed street improvements on 1st Avenue NE

Major Activity Planned for October 2021

  • Continue installing footings and waterproofing
  • Continue layout for major utility routing
  • Continue to form and pour stem walls

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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

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Project Manager: Amanda Fulford,, 206.252.0697

Northgate Elementary School

11725 1st Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125

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