Webster School Modernization and Addition Project

Licton Springs K-8 School Now Open in Webster Building

Teachers and staff welcomed students to their new home beginning Monday, April 5, 2021.

Watch Superintendent Juneau, Director Dury, and Principal Butler as they cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening. The ceremony is followed by a virtual tour lead by Principal Butler and Head Teacher Dante Rhodes.

Licton Springs K-8 Ribbon Cutting on Vimeo.


  • Construction start Spring 2019
  • Completed Fall 2020
  • Completed school move-in Winter 2020
  • School open to students April 2021 due to pandemic-related district return to in-person learning schedule

About the Project

Constructed in 1908, Webster School served as an elementary school through 1979. An addition was built in 1930 added an auditorium, library, industrial arts room, and play courts. The building and site have been designated historical landmarks by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.

The Nordic Heritage Museum leased the building in 1980 and remodeled many rooms to house exhibits. The museum moved to new facility in 2018. This project will modernize the school building and construct an addition to bring it back into service for district use as a school.

As part of the modernization, the district will make earthquake safety improvements, replace and update existing building systems, and construct a new gymnasium. New technology systems will be added to meet district technical standards.

View a video about seismic upgrades for earthquake safety

In 1997, Seattle Parks and Recreation opened Webster Park on the western portion of the Webster School site, and in 2009, SPS sold that portion of the property to Parks and Recreation. A Joint Use Agreement is in place, and the district plans to schedule use of the park during the school day to support recess and physical education programs.

Once completed, the school will total 52,500 square feet: 44,800 square feet in the historical building plus a 7,700-square-foot addition for the new gym and entrance. 

Project Manager : Brian Fabella,, 206-252-0702

Design: TCF Architecture

General Contractor/Construction Manager: BN Builders

Funding Source

A Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy project approved by Seattle voters in 2016.

Project Budget

$39.8 million

Licton Springs K-8 Option School

The Seattle School Board approved the Student Assignment Transition Plan (SATP) for 2020-21 at their Nov. 6, 2019 meeting. Part of the plan included moving Licton Springs K-8 to Webster School. In addition, the Licton Springs K-8 geographic zone (geozone) has been expanded.

Project Updates

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.

January 2021

  • Completing commissioning activities
  • Punchlist 98% complete
  • Warranty items in progress
  • Project close-out in progress

      Webster School
      3015 NW 68th St.
      Seattle, WA 98117

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