Van Asselt Interim Site

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Learn what happens in each project phase


  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents/permitting phase in progress
  • Bid and award phase begins Fall 2021
  • Construction begins Spring 2022
  • Addition 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 in October 2021

  • Permitting activities continued with the City of Seattle

Major Activity Planned for November 2021

  • Continue permitting process

About the Project

The project at the original Van Asselt School adds a new classroom and gymnasium addition and renovates the historic landmark schoolhouse, which is currently vacant. The project will provide 30 additional new or rehabilitated classrooms on the campus. The 1950s-era, one-story school building will remain and undergo minor modifications.

The Van Asselt site is used as an interim location by the school district. Schools occupy the site as their temporary home during replacement or renovation of their permanent school building. Expanding the Van Asselt campus will provide more capacity and flexibility to house either a middle school or two elementary schools at the site once construction is complete.

From Fall 2021 to Summer 2023, Kimball Elementary will occupy the main school building. In Fall 2023, following completion of the new addition, Mercer International Middle School will move in for two years. Principals for Mercer International, Aki Kurose, and Washington middle schools have participated in design review.

Project Management Firm: Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc. (SOJ)

SOJ Construction Manager: Ethan Bernau

Design Firm: Bassetti Architects

Contractor: Cornerstone Construction

Budget: $44.2M

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

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Original Van Asselt Interim Site

7201 Beacon Ave. S

Seattle, WA98108