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    E.C. Hughes Building — Modernization to house Roxhill Elementary

    Project complete. School opened Fall 2018.

    Budget

    $14.4 million

    Funding Sources

    • Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV (BTA IV) Capital Levy approved by Seattle voters in 2016
    • Distressed Schools Grant from Washington state
    • State School Construction Assistance Program

    About the Project

    The E.C. Hughes School had been leased to a private school for 10 years. It was originally built in 1926 with an addition in 1949. The building and site have been designated historical landmarks by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board. This project modernized the landmarked three-story school and adjacent portable classrooms to create a warm, welcoming school environment that meets current elementary educational standards. The upgrades were designed to accommodate program needs of Roxhill Elementary, which moved into the building fall 2018.

    Architectural alterations included new windows on the south wall of the 1949 building, restoration of the windows in the 1926 building, masonry repair and restoration, new exterior insulation in the 1926 and 1949 buildings, and new finishes throughout. Teaching walls in each classroom bring modern technology to the historic school. A new student restroom was added to the first floor of the 1926 building near the lunchroom. Reconfiguring the entrance and administration space provided for a secure entry into the school building. Structural improvements included seismic upgrades throughout the building.

    The mechanical systems scope included replacement of the central plant, all air handling units, and duct work. Plumbing work consisted of replacing all plumbing lines and installation of new fixtures and faucets. The existing fire protection system was reconfigured to install sprinkler lines throughout the school. New wiring and lighting fixtures, new power lines, and new data cabling and wireless access bring the building up to the district technical standards and current codes.

    Care was taken to salvage or preserve historic casework and trim, and to reuse materials within the building. Classroom and hallway tackboards were painted black, mimicking the look of the school’s former blackboards. In the lunchroom/multipurpose room, historic features were preserved, including the exit signs, which were updated with new lighting to bring them up to current code.

    Building Size

    47,307 square feet for up to 360 K-5 students

    The modernized school includes two kindergarten classrooms, 11 classrooms for grades 1-5, two special education classroom, three Head Start/pre-school spaces, one flex classroom, one OT/PT room, art classroom, music classroom, gymnasium, library, lunchroom/multipurpose room, and administration area with spaces for the school nurse and staff specialists.

    Architect: DLR Group

    Contractor: Lincoln Construction, Inc.


    Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes

    7740 34th Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98126

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