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    Viewlands Elementary Replacement Project

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    Learn what happens during these design and construction phases

    We're building a new Viewlands Elementary School!

    Construction starts Summer 2021.

    Viewlands Elementary School will be relocated to the interim site at John Marshall School, 520 NE Ravenna Boulevard, for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.


    • Predesign 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


    Project Design

    The new Viewlands Elementary School will provide the spaces and resources that students need for academic success.  It was thoughtfully designed to fit into the neighborhood and to recognize its unique location adjoining Carkeek Park.

    A collaborative design process that included school leadership, parents, and community members resulted in a plan that is infused with nature, outdoor learning, and natural light.

    Outdoor learning areas include adjacent storage, water, and power to support educational activities. Exceptional trees will be preserved, and new trees will increase the overall tree canopy on site when mature.

    Secure, enclosed and covered bike parking is located along the main entry route and is visible and accessible to all students and staff. Additional covered, short term bicycle parking for visitors is provided within view of the school’s main office.

    The new Viewlands Elementary School is designed to provide an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment.


    Sustainable site design strategies include on-site stormwater management, light pollution reduction, and drought-tolerant planting.

    • Stormwater management strategies direct roof and paving run-off to bioretention gardens with native plants distributed around the site as well as pervious paving.
    • Site lighting fixtures will be fully shielded and dark sky compliant reducing glare and light trespass to neighbors.

    Passive design strategies were used throughout the Viewlands design including building orientation, highly insulated walls, windows and roofs.

    The building orientation was optimized by facing the majority of the classrooms north or south to maximize daylighting and minimize solar heat gain and glare. These strategies reduce electric lighting use and building cooling load while providing exceptional indoor environments for learning.

    The highly insulated walls and roof use continuous exterior insulation and minimize thermal bridging. The fiberglass windows are more thermally efficient than comparable aluminum windows, which increases thermal efficiency, reduces air leakage and minimizes sound transfer from outside road noises. Combining these features increases the overall thermal effectiveness of the building envelope by 15% above code requirements.

    Mechanical and electrical sustainable design features mean that no fossil fuels will be used onsite  in accordance with the Board’s Clean Energy Resolution 20/21-18 and will position the school to meet the district’s goal of net-zero energy-usage.

    The new school includes a geothermal heating system, a highly efficient ventilation system that recovers 90% of the exhaust air heat, and energy efficient LED lighting. The roof is designed to accommodate solar panels which could offset 80% of the buildings energy use in the future.

    Virtual Tour of Proposed New School

    Mahlum Architects created an animated visit to the future Viewlands Elementary School. The video does not include sound.

    Viewlands Elementary School Virtual Design Tour from Seattle Public Schools (SPSTV) on Vimeo.


    Design Drawings


    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

    • Completed relocation of school to interim site
    • Completed materials and equipment salvage
    • Completed portable removal/relocation
    • Received demolition permits
    • Continued Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) Building permit review
    • Separated right-of-way trail improvements review from mai building permit
    • Began site moblization

    Major Activity Planned for July 2021

    • Finalize construction camera contract
    • Complete contractor mobilization
    • Begin hazardous material abatement and demoltion
    • Advertise main building construction contract

    About the Project

    The existing Viewlands Elementary will be demolished to make way for a new multi-story school building. The new school will be approximately 95,000 square feet and provide permanent classroom space for up to 650 students. The school design will include a secure entry and respectful of the surrounding neighborhood. Site improvements will include earthwork and new parking. The BEX V Capital levy will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, peripherals, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning.

    Project Goals

    These school specific goals were developed during the School Design Advisory Team process.

    1. Viewlands will be infused with nature, outdoor learning, and natural light. Viewlands welcomes ALL!

    2. The design will be accessible to students, staff, community, and culture.

    3. Viewlands will have collaborative, flexible spaces throughout (that are not vanilla).

    4. Viewlands has a big heart: a large, welcoming space for celebrations with a soft feel.

    4 1/2. Viewlands has many gathering spaces that foster relationships with community partners.

    5. We are connected to the history of place.

    6. Our Building Hugs the Children!

    Interim location: Viewlands Elementary will move to the John Marshall School interim site during construction.

    Design Firm: Mahlum Architects

    Project manager: Brian Fabella

    Project Budget: $88.1M

    Funding Source: Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V) approved by Seattle voters in 2019

    Frequently Asked Questions

    School Design Advisory Team

    The School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) worked with the project manager and project architect to develop school-specific education standards during the pre-design and schematic design phases. The SDAT helped formulate the Project Goals shown above. More information and SDAT meeting minutes

    Virtual Community Meeting

    If you were unable to attend the virtual community meeting on Nov. 4, 2020, you can review the meeting recording.

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    10525 3rd Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98177

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