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    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase complete
    • Design development phase complete
    • Construction documents/permitting phase complete
    • Bid and award phase complete
    • Construction in progress
    • Addition opens Fall 2021
    Current phase: Construction


    Milestone: Topping Out at Coe

    Ironworkers building the structural steel frame for the addition at Franz Coe Elementary School “topped out” the construction in March.

    a metal beam with signatures on it is being raised in front of a steel frame structure

    Topping out celebrations recognize placement of the last beam by installing a small evergreen tree — often referred to as a Christmas tree — and a U.S. flag. Ironworkers from Local 86 signed the beam before it was raised into place.

    a person sits on a steel frame structure as the final beam is raised into place - the beam has a tree and a flag attached

    This is an important milestone for the Coe addition as it marks the point when the skeleton of the building is complete and ready for walls, windows, doors, finishes, mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems, and the rest of what makes up a building.

    To learn about the origins of this celebration, search for “topping out ceremony” on the web.

    a steel framework is attached to the front of an existing building


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    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 June 2021

    • Continued exterior wall weather resistant barrier and flashing installation
    • Continued roof installation
    • Continued installing siding support
    • Began installation of gypsum wallboard
    • Completed mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in on levels 1-3

    Major Activity Planned for July 2021

    • Continue exterior wall weather resistant barrier and flashing installation
    • Continue roof installation
    • Continue siding support
    • Continue installation of gypsum wallboard
    • Begin insulation
    • Begin painting
    • Receive window and interior stairs delivery
    • Begin right-of-way concrete work


    About the Project

    The original Frances Coe Elementary School, built in 1907, was destroyed by fire in 2001. The current 75,214-square-foot building was constructed in 2003. This project will construct a six-classroom addition. 

    Design: Mahlum Architects

    Construction: Western Ventures Construction, Inc.

    Project Manager: David L. Jackson, 206.735.8957,

    Funding Source: Funded by State of Washington Distressed Schools Grant.

    photo of Coe school 

    Frantz H. Coe Elementary School

    2424 7th Ave W
    Seattle, WA 98119

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