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    Viewlands Elementary Replacement Project

     project phase graphic: see timeline below 

    Learn what happens during these design and construction phases

    Virtual Tour of Proposed New School

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    • 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


    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.

    March 2021

    • Received SEPA Hearing Examiner's decision; Superintendent affirmed
    • Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) Building permit review in progress
    • Coordination with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) in progress
    • Finalizing bid schedule

    Virtual Community Meeting

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

    Project Design

    Drawings from Mahlum Architects show views of the proposed school.


    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


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

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