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E.C. Hughes

E.C. Hughes School Modernization Project to House Roxhill Elementary

Project complete. School opened Fall 2018.

About the Project

The E.C. Hughes School had been leased to a private school for 10 years. It was originally built in 1926 with an addition in 1949. The building and site have been designated historical landmarks by the City of Seattle?s Landmarks Preservation Board. This project modernized the landmarked three-story school and adjacent portable classrooms to create a warm, welcoming school environment that meets current elementary educational standards. The upgrades were designed to accommodate program needs of Roxhill Elementary, which moved into the building fall 2018.

Architectural alterations included new windows on the south wall of the 1949 building, restoration of the windows in the 1926 building, masonry repair and restoration, new exterior insulation in the 1926 and 1949 buildings, and new finishes throughout. Teaching walls in each classroom bring modern technology to the historic school. A new student restroom was added to the first floor of the 1926 building near the lunchroom. Reconfiguring the entrance and administration space provided for a secure entry into the school building. Structural improvements included seismic upgrades throughout the building.

The mechanical systems scope included replacement of the central plant, all air handling units, and duct work. Plumbing work consisted of replacing all plumbing lines and installation of new fixtures and faucets. The existing fire protection system was reconfigured to install sprinkler lines throughout the school. New wiring and lighting fixtures, new power lines, and new data cabling and wireless access bring the building up to the district technical standards and current codes.

Care was taken to salvage or preserve historic casework and trim, and to reuse materials within the building. Classroom and hallway tackboards were painted black, mimicking the look of the school?s former blackboards. In the lunchroom/multipurpose room, historic features were preserved, including the exit signs, which were updated with new lighting to bring them up to current code.

Building Size: 47,307 square feet for up to 360 K-5 students

School Design: DLR Group

Construction: Lincoln Construction, Inc.

Budget: $14.4 million

Funding Sources:

  • Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016
  • Distressed Schools Grant from Washington state
  • State School Construction Assistance Program

Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes

7740 34th Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98126

School Profile

Roxhill School Website