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    Webster School Modernization and Addition Project


    About the Project

    Constructed in 1908, Webster School served as an elementary school through 1979. An addition was built in 1930 added an auditorium, library, industrial arts room, and play courts. The building and site have been designated historical landmarks by the City of Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board.

    The Nordic Heritage Museum leased the building in 1980 and remodeled many rooms to house exhibits. The museum moved to new facility in 2018. This project will modernize the school building and construct an addition to bring it back into service for district use as a school.

    As part of the modernization, the district will make earthquake safety improvements, replace and update existing building systems, and construct a new gymnasium. New technology systems will be added to meet district technical standards.

    In 1997, Seattle Parks and Recreation opened Webster Park on the western portion of the Webster School site, and in 2009, SPS sold that portion of the property to Parks and Recreation. A Joint Use Agreement is in place, and the district plans to schedule use of the park during the school day to support recess and physical education programs.

    Once completed, the school will total 52,500 square feet: 44,800 square feet in the historical building plus a 7,700-square-foot addition for the new gym and entrance. 

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

    Design: TCF Architecture

    General Contractor/Construction Manager: BN Builders


    • Construction start Spring 2019
    • Estimated completion Summer 2020
    • Estimated school opening Fall 2020

    Funding Source

    A Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics Capital Levy project approved by Seattle voters in 2016.

    Project Budget

    $39.8 million

    Licton Springs K-8 Option School

    Licton Springs K-8 will move to Webster for the 2020-21 school year. The Seattle School Board approved the Student Assignment Transition Plan (SATP) for 2020-21 at their Nov. 6, 2019 meeting. Part of the plan included moving Licton Springs K-8 to Webster School. In addition, the Licton Springs K-8 geographic zone (geozone) has been expanded.

    Note: The Capital Projects and Planning team believed the SATP was not on the agenda for board action until Nov. 20. That information was incorrect, and we apologize for any confusion.

    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.

    January 2020

    Site Activities:

    • Completed installation of two large stormwater detention vaults (5 feet by 95 feet).

    New Gymnasium Addition Building Area A:

    • Completed masonry veneer.
    • Poured slab-on-grade concrete.
    • Completed structural steel erection in the "hyphen" that connects the new addition to the 1908 building.
    • Began preparing for roof installation. 

    Landmarked Building

    • Completed metal stud framing on level 1.
    • Continued metal stud framing on level 2.
    • Began installation of spray foam insulation.
    • Completed approximately 50% of new window installation.
    • Preparing for window installation.
    • Completed roof installation.
    • Continued work on earthquake safety (seismic) improvements.
    • Continued installation of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire (MEPF) piping, conduit, and ductwork on all levels.
    • Finalized existing masonry and cornice restoration/replacement.

    Webster School
    3015 NW 68th St.
    Seattle, WA 98117


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