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    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase complete
    • Design development phase in progress
    • Construction documents phase begins Winter 2021
    • Bid and award phase begins Fall 2021
    • Construction begins Spring 2022
    • Addition opens Fall 2023

    About the Project

    The Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy will fund a new addition to the existing interim site. By increasing the capacity at Original Van Asselt, the district will have an interim site large enough to temporarily house a middle school.

    Project Management Firm: Shiels Obletz Johnsen, Inc. (SOJ)

    SOJ Construction Manager: Ethan Bernau,, 206-838-3700

    Design Firm: Bassetti Architects

    Funding Source

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

    Current Phase: Design Development

    This phase includes:

    Further development of school’s program elements such as classrooms, offices, commons spaces, etc., guided by district educational specifications, technical standards, and input from building principal, teachers, and facilities staff members.

    Selection of building materials and finishes palette — masonry, exterior metal siding, paint and other wall finishes, flooring, and cabinetry — begins.

    Structural design; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) ductwork and piping; and electrical conduit designs are developed.

    Design continues to evolve so that educational spaces, support spaces, and public spaces meet the program and technical requirements set by the district and so that the building support systems function well within the building spaces supported.

    The architect prepares more detailed drawings and other documents to describe the size and character of the entire project.

    The images below show designs from the Schematic Design Phase.

    Project Updates

    August 2020

    • Completed schematic design
    • Continued pre-application permit consultation with city of Seattle
    • Continued consultation with Landmarks Board
    • Started preparation of SEPA Checklist

    Original Van Asselt Interim Site

    Seattle, WA98108

    Construction Planning and COVID-19

    District consultants — including the land surveyor, arborist, geotechnical consultant, and environmental consultant — are conducting pre-construction site investigations to assist with design and permitting activities. They are required to comply with the Governor’s Phase 1.5 Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Safety Requirements, as applicable to their work.

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