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    Viewlands Elementary Replacement Project

    project phase graphic: see timeline below 

    Learn what happens during these design and construction phases


    • 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

    architect's drawing of new school entry

    Architect's drawing showing the main entrance to the new Viewlands Elementary School. Scroll down for more images.

    Current Phase: Construction Documents and Permitting

    During this phase:

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

    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.

    Project manager: Brian Fabella,, 206-252-0702

    Design Firm: Mahlum Architects

    Funding Source: Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V) 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

    • Nearing end of SEPA and Departures processes
    • Reviewing 100% Design Development drawings with district stakeholders
    • Reviewing site design with Facilities Department groundskeepers and senior gardeners

    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

    photo of part of the front of Viewlands Elementary

    Viewlands Elementary School
    10525 3rd Ave NW
    Seattle, WA 98177

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