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West Seattle Elementary

West Seattle Elementary School Addition Project

A new 12-classroom addition is being constructed.

West Seattle Elementary has relocated to Schmitz Park School, 5000 SW Spokane Street, for the 2021-22 school year.


construction project progress graphic showing under construction
Learn what happens in each of these phases
  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents and permitting phase complete
  • Bid and award phase complete
  • Construction in progress
  • School reopens Fall 2022

Recent 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 June 2022

Site work continued as did the masonry work and weather barrier installation for both the addition and existing building. Interior framing, insulation, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) rough-in work was being done in both areas.

Major Activity Planned for July 2022

Site work will continue. Metal roofing will be installed in both the new addition and the existing building. Gypsum wallboard installation and taping will begin in both areas.

Live Webcams and Project Photos

See a live view of the construction project with the web cameras.

site plan drawing showing school campus, school, and addition
Site plan with addition shown
inside of a large room with ceiling tiles removed and wires hanging down
Selective demolition in the administration area and classrooms – Aug. 2021
a classroom with flooring removed
Demolition in one of the existing classrooms – Aug. 2021
a 2 story building has tarps in front of the entry and concrete forms set in an octagon
Footing framework for the entry addition and canopy – Oct. 2021
a brick building with part of it draped in plastic with dirt in front of it
Progress on the entry addition and canopy – Nov. 2021
a building with wood sheathing
New exterior wall will allow creation of windows to the playground – Nov. 2021
a building under construction with structural steel going up
Structural steel in progress with second floor frame installed – Dec. 2021
orange steel girders and uprights beginning to form a building
Structural steel for floor 2 – Dec. 2021
two wings of a brick building have a section between them that is under construction with plastic sheeting partially covering it
Main entry work underway – Dec. 2021
snow on a large building with part of it under construction
Snowy view of West Seattle Elementary School – Jan. 2022
final structural steel beam is painted red, white, and blue; has signatures on the white part; has flag and evergreen tree attached
Preparing to lift the steel top off beam with a topping out ceremony – Feb. 2022
final beam in place with two people standing on it; it has a US flag, an evergreen tree, and a banner on it
Final top steel beam in place with traditional flag and Christmas tree for the topping out ceremony – Feb. 2022
a steel framed building under construction is attached to an existing building at one end
Looking north at the classroom addition – Feb. 2022
concrete floor under steel beams with metal over them; stairway up to the left
Floor 1 in the classroom addition – Feb. 2022
a steel framed building under construction is attached to an existing brick building at one end
Exterior of classroom addition, looking northeast – Feb. 2022
interior of a building under constuction with wall framing and mechanical runs
Level 1 of existing building – future learning commons and hallway – Feb. 2022
aerial photo of a large building with construction happening at one end
Aerial view of West Seattle Elementary with addition in white – Feb. 2022
a building under construction with a lift truck
Classroom addition, looking northwest – Feb. 2022
a partially constructed building with no walls and some metal studs
Exterior framing on floor 2 of the addition, looking East – Feb. 2022
a room under construction with a metal roof and metal floor that has rebar across it
Rebar in place for slab-on-metal floor in classroom addition – Feb. 2022
interior of a buiding under construction with duct work and wiring shelves
MEP rough in on the first floor of existing building learning commons and hallway – Feb. 2022
corner of a two story building under construction
Classroom addition, looking southeast – Mar. 2022
inside of a building under construction with metal wall studs and the underside of a metal roof
Framing in level 2 of the addition – Mar. 2022
a brick building has a round canopy under construction in front of it
Entry canopy taking shape with the new entry behind – Mar. 2022
a brick building has a steel frame structure in front of it
Structural steel for the bike shelter – Mar. 2022
aerial photo of a construction project at one end of a building
Aerial photo of entire school, looking southeast – April 2022
a construction area with a metal shelter made of steel in progress
New canopy at end of existing school – April 2022
a brick building has a circular canopy and part of it under construction
Entry addition and canopy with the windows to the new library showing behind it – April 2022
an interior space under construction
Wall supports and wall removal to open up the space for the new learning commons in the existing school – April 2022
interior of a building under construction with a peaked ceiling
Framing for the interior windows of the new library, May 2022
a one-story building udner construction
Classroom addition, looking northwest, May 2022
aerial view of a building with part of it under construction
Aerial photo from straight overhead, May 2022
aerial view of a building with construction work happening
Aerial view with new addition to left and new entry and library in center – June 2022
a building with construction happening
New entry canopy underway with new library located on second floor behind it – June 2022
a building with scaffolding and partial brick walls
Brick masonry facing installation underway – June 2022
a curved concrete wall with soil on each side
Retaining wall/seating wall in the south play area – June 2022

About the Project

A new, approximately 20,000 square foot 2-story addition will provide 12 new classrooms and two learning commons to better support students’ academic success. A redesigned secure entrance will lead visitors through the administration office. The library will be relocated and expanded for more natural light and visibility. Minor modernization will be done to the existing 50,700 square foot school building. This includes new paint, carpet, and technology. The expanded school will provide permanent space for up to 500 students. 

Mechanical systems will be upgraded. In addition, site improvements are planned for better pedestrian access and new play areas/fields.

Technology enhancements included in the BEX V capital levy are designed to provide equitable access to technology for high-need schools to support teaching and learning in meeting the needs of students. Equipment will include audio-visual systems that include classroom displays (projectors/screens), sound systems, document cameras, and devices to connect them. It will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, peripherals, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning.

A School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) that included the principal, staff, teachers, parents, and community members advised the school architect. This collaborative process resulted in an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment.

Design: Miller Hayashi Architects

Construction: Jody Miller Construction

Project Budget: $28.3M

Funding Sources:  Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V), approved by Seattle voters in 2019 and a grant from the State of Washington

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Project Manager: David L. Jackson,, 206-252-0674

West Seattle Elementary School
6760 34th Ave SW

Interim site: Schmitz Park School
5000 SW Spokane Street

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