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    Northgate Elementary School Replacement Project

    project phase graphic: see timeline below 

    Learn what happens in the design and construction phases



    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase complete
    • Design development phase complete
    • Construction documents/permitting phase in progress
    • Bid and award phase begins Spring 2021
    • Construction begins Summer 2021
    • School opens Fall 2023

    Current Phase: Construction Documents and Permitting

    • The architectural firm prepares construction drawings, specifications, and bidding documents.
    • The district applies for required building permits.



    About the Project

    The district will build a new 2-story replacement school building for Northgate Elementary. The approximately 95,000 square foot school will meet the district's elementary educational specifications and provide space for up to 650 students.

    The proposed design is organized into learning clusters with classrooms surrounding learning commons, and it includes secure access. The school is designed to be contextually appropriate and respectful of the surrounding single-family home neighborhood while preserving open space for outdoor learning, play, and recreation. 

    The new school building will be built on the school grounds. Students and teachers will remain in the existing building until their new school is complete. Once the new building is occupied, the old building will be demolished, and new playfields will be constructed.

    Project Goals

    These school specific goals were developed during the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process. (More about SDAT)

    • Non-institutional feel — a place the student and families feel like they belong
    • Strong sense of community — encourage close connections and overlapping of groups
    • Exceptional tapestry of spacial choices — variety of areas for different activities (not a hallway with doors). 
    • Encourages curiosity — curiosity is the starting point for interest in reading and engagement.
    • Connections to outdoors — garden spaces, nature, and movement.
    • A place that is restorative — areas for teachers to recharge, for students to feel safe and supported, and for families to feel supported.

    School Design: NAC Architecture

    General Contractor/Construction Management: Lydig Construction

    Project Manager: Vince Gonzales,, 206-252-0151

    Funding Source

    Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2019.

    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.

    August 2020

    • Continued the SEPA process.
    • Design Development complete and reviewed with district stakeholders.
    • Completed draft of early bid packages.

    Learn about the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process and read meeting minutes.


    Northgate Elementary School

    11725 1st Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98125

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