graphic showing project phases; with we are here in construction box see timeline below

Learn what happens in each of these phases

Viewlands Elementary School has been relocated to the interim site at John Marshall School, 520 NE Ravenna Boulevard, for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.


  • Predesign phase complete
  • Schematic Design phase complete
  • Design Development phase complete
  • Construction Documents/Permitting phase complete
  • 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 in September 2021

  • Completed phase 1 demolition and hazardous materials abatement
  • Received building permit on Aug. 27
  • Issued notice to proceed to Absher Construction (phase 2 contractor)
  • Completed demolition of concrete pads, playground, and playfield
  • Began Temporary Erosion and Sediment Control (TESC) measures
  • Rearranged perimeter security fencing
Demolition at Viewlands Elementary School

Major Activity Planned for October 2021

  • Install job site construction camera
  • Start driveway entrance ramp from NE 107th Street to upper terrace for job site trailers
  • Complete rearrangement of job site fencing
  • Continue TESC measures

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About the Project

The existing Viewlands Elementary will be demolished to make way for a new multi-story school building. The new school will be approximately 106,000 square feet and provide permanent classroom space for up to 650 students.

The new Viewlands Elementary School is designed to provide an equitable, safe, and inspired learning environment. A collaborative design process included school leadership, parents, and community members. The resulting plan is infused with nature, outdoor learning, and natural light. It will provide the spaces and resources that students need for academic success. 

Outdoor learning areas include adjacent storage, water, and power to support educational activities. Exceptional trees will be preserved, and new trees will increase the overall tree canopy on site when mature.

Secure, enclosed and covered bike parking is located along the main entry route and is visible and accessible to all students and staff. Additional covered, short term bicycle parking for visitors is provided within view of the school’s main office. Site improvements will include covered and open play areas, and new parking.

The school building is thoughtfully designed to fit into the neighborhood and to recognize its unique location adjoining Carkeek Park.


Mechanical and electrical sustainable design features mean that no fossil fuels will be used onsite  in accordance with the Board’s Clean Energy Resolution 20/21-18 and will position the school to meet the district’s goal of net-zero energy-usage.

The new school includes a geothermal heating system, a highly efficient ventilation system that recovers 90% of the exhaust air heat, and energy efficient LED lighting. The roof is designed to accommodate solar panels which could offset 80% of the buildings energy use in the future.

Sustainable site design strategies include:

  • On-site storm water management with pervious paving and run-off directed to bioretention gardens planted with native plants
  • Drought-resistant plantings
  • Fully shielded dark-sky compliant site lighting
  • Optimal building orientation for maximum daylighting and minimum solar heat gain and glare, which reduces electric lighting use and cooling needs
  • Highly insulated walls and roof to increase thermal efficiency
  • Fiberglass high-efficiency windows to increase thermal efficiency, reduce air leakage, and minimize outside noise

Design Firm: Mahlum Architects

Contractor: Absher Construction

Project Budget: $88.1M

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

Mahlum Architects created an animated visit to the future Viewlands Elementary School. The video does not include sound.

Viewlands Elementary School Virtual Design Tour


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Project manager: Brian Fabella,, 206.252.0702

Viewlands Elementary School
10525 3rd Ave NW

Interim Site: John Marshall School
520 NE Ravenna Boulevard

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