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.


graphic showing project phases; with we are here in construction box see timeline below
Learn what happens during each 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. These meetings typically take place on the first Friday of each month.

The Viewlands project team produces construction newsletter for neighbors every month. See the latest issue.

Major Activity in October 2021

  • Hauled away last of demolition materials
  • Installed a new driveway entrance ramp from NE 107 Street to the upper terrace for the main jobsite trailers
  • Began digging for the lowest level building slab and retaining walls
  • Built wood forms to use for footings

Major Activity Planned for November 2021

  • Continue digging for upper retaining wall and building pads
  • Install forms and rebar, and then pour concrete footings and retaining walls

Live Webcam and Project Photos

a demolition site with heavy equipment and piles of debris in front of a partially demolished building
Demolition with debris sorting – Aug. 2021
an empty lot with a concrete pad and a ramp
Portables have been cleared to the ground – Aug. 2021
a container truck with machinery loading debris into it
Loading debris into containers – 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
dirt with a fence covered in black material through the middle of it
Silt fence installed for erosion control – Sept 2021
a chopped up grassy area with dirt showing
Playfield demolition – Sept 2021
a muddy field with an orange fabric fence in a circle
Constructed water and sediment detention pond – Oct. 2021
a termporary metal fence with black material inside surrounds a dirt field with a digging machine slightly above on a second level
Excavation and grading for lowest building slab – Oct. 2021
a large pit with puddles in mud is below a wall of dirt
Excavation for lower retaining wall – Oct. 2021
multiple stacks of wood frames sit on concrete with people working on more
Contractors building form work to use for footings – Oct. 2021

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

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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