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    West Seattle Elementary Addition and Renovation Project 

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    Learn what happens during these design and construction phases


    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase complete
    • Design development phase complete
    • Construction documents and permitting phase in progress
    • Bid and award phase also in progress
    • Construction begins Summer 2021
    • School reopens Fall 2022

    Current Phases: Construction Documents and Permitting and Bid and Award


    Public Hearing Held

    A virtual public hearing on a property exchange related to this project was held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

    Learn more

    Project Design

    An addition and renovations will provide more classroom space
    and better support student academic success.

    The two-story classroom addition adds 12 new classrooms and spaces for group learning. A redesigned secure entrance will lead visitors through the administration office. The library will be relocated and expanded for more natural light and visibility.

    Existing classrooms and the administration office will be updated with new paint, carpet, and technology.

    A School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) that included the principal, staff, teachers, parents, and community members advised the school architect. This collaborative process resulted in an equitable, safe, and inspiring learning environment.

    West Seattle Elementary will relocate to Schmitz Park School, 5000 SW Spokane Street, for the 2021-22 school year.


    Recent 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

    • Continueed parcel exchange process with Seattle Parks and Recreation
    • Continued Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) construction permitting process
    • Completed school relocation to interim site
    • Completed SCWA prejob conference with Jody Miller Construction

    Major Activity Planned for July 2021

    • Seattle City Council approval of parcel exchange
    • SDCI construction permit issued
    • Finalize construction contract with Jody Miller Construction
    • Issue construction notice to proceed


    About the Project

    A new, approximately 20,000 square foot 2-story addition will be built to provide 12 new classrooms and two learning commons. Minor modernization will be done to the existing 50,700 square foot school building. The expanded school will provide permanent space for up to 500 students. 

    A new entrance will provide secure access with visitors required to check in with the administration office. The library will be relocated over the new entrance for better access.

    Existing classrooms and the administration area will be changed to better meet student needs. Mechanical systems will be upgraded. In addition, site improvements are planned for better pedestrian access and new play areas/fields.

    BEX V will fund technology enhancements providing equitable access to technology for high-need schools to support teaching and learning in meeting the needs of students, and provide audio-visual systems that include classroom display (projector/screen), sound system, document camera, and devices to connect them. It will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, peripherals, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning.

    Project Managers: David L. Jackson

    Design: Miller Hayashi Architects

    Project Budget: $28.3M

    Funding Sources: Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V), approved by Seattle voters in 2019 and a grant from the State of Washington

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Virtual Community Meeting

    A virtual meeting was held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, to update the community about the project.

    View the meeting video

    Contact Us

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    West Seattle Elementary School
    6760 34th Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98126

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