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Replacement Project

The existing Viewlands Elementary School has been demolished. A new replacement school will be built.

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.


construction project progress graphic showing under construction
Learn about each project phase
  • 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.

Major Activity in June 2022

An I-beam was delivered to the John Marshall interim site prior to the end of the year, and students and staff signed it before it was installed in the school building. All structural steel in the classroom wing is complete. Placement of concrete slap on metal deck was in progress. Light gauge metal steel stud framing began. Below-grade waterproofing continued. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough in began.

Major Activity Planned for July 2022

In June, the concrete slabs on metal decks in the classroom wing will be finished. Structural steel erection continues.

Live Webcam and Project Photos

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

a demolition site with heavy equipment and piles of debris in front of a partially demolished building
Demolition with debris sorting – Aug. 2021
a large pile of debris including concrete blocks and wood in front of a partially demolished building
Recyclable materials being sorted on site – Aug. 2021
a large pit with puddles in mud is below a wall of dirt
Excavation for lower retaining wall – Oct. 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 construction site has piles of dirt surrounding forms for concrete
Start of lower retaining wall footing installation – Nov. 2021
a construction site has steep soil walls and a zig-zag of concrete forms with rebar at the bottom and up the sides
Form work, pre-waterproofing, and rebar in place for retaining wall footings – Dec. 2021
aerial view of a large construction jobsite with piles of earth, wood frames, and construction equipment
Looking southwest at the construction of the new school – Jan. 2022
aerial view of a large construction project with the outline of the future building on top
Aerial image with foundation lines shown for new school – Feb. 2022
aerial view of a construction site
Aerial view of Viewlands construction site
a large hole at a construction site has material under yellow curved pieces that are partially covered with gravel
Installation of stormwater detention chambers – silt settles out as water passes through the chambers – Feb. 2022
a large pit has metal forms holding up the sides with metal supports bracing them
Aluma formwork panels for the retaining walls – Feb. 2022
a very tall concrete wall with a person standing in front of it. the person comes up about 1/3 of the height
Lower concrete retaining wall after form work was removed – Mar. 2022
wooden formwork is in place in holes in the dirt of a construction site
Classroom wing footing framework – Mar. 2022
drilling rigs on a construction site
Rigs drilling geothermal wells on the upper terrace – April 2022
a concrete retaining wall aboe a steep drop off
Upper concrete retaining wall and rebar cage, looking southeast – April 2022
aerial view of a construction site with retaining walls
Upper and lower concrete retaining walls in place, looking east – April 2022
a concrete mixer sites in front of a concrete slab being poured
Concrete pour for the west half of the primary classroom wing – April 2022
aerial view of a construction site
Aerial view of project, looking northwest – May 2022
Aerial view of a large construction site with equipment
Aerial view of the project from May – May 2022
steel being lifted with a crane
Steel erection for classroom wing – May 2022
steel beams in front of a steel frame going up
Classroom wing steel erection in progress – May 2022
a partially built structure with yellow panels being installed
Installing the exterior sheathing – May 2022
a three story structure under construction with just steel beams
Classroom wing structure taking shape – June 2022
interior of a building under construction
Metal stud framing going up on the classroom building exterior – June 2022
a concrete floor has people finishing soft concrete
Concrete finishers at work on the slab-on-metal deck for the 2nd floor of the classroom wing – June 2022

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.

Sustainable Design and Construction

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

Projected Energy Use Index (EUI): 15.8

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

Project Drawings

Architects drawings of the future school building

a one story building with multiple people of many ages on the sidewalk and plaza
Entry to new school off of 3rd Ave. NW
a hallway with people looking a map and going through glass doors
Inside the new entry
a room with groups of seating and a window
New family engagement center near front entrance
drawing of an elementary school lunchroom with long tables and round tables
Lunchoom open to gym with view of Carkeek Park beyond
drawing of a gym with wood floors and lines painted on the floor
New gymnasium
a learning commons with classrounds around it and seating and a white board
Learning commons
a learning commons with classrooms surrounding it and seating options
Kindergarten learning commons
drawing of a library with tables, bookshelves and seating areas and people of various ages
Library in new school

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


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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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