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    Changes to Bagley Elementary
    Posted on 04/19/2019
    Front view of historic Daniel Bagley Elementary School

    Changes Coming as Bagley Construction Begins 

    When Daniel Bagley Elementary (Bagley) dismisses for the summer, students, teachers, and staff will say goodbye to the school for a year. They will be moving to an interim location at John Marshall School while Bagley is under construction. The Bagley community will be welcomed home in September 2020.

    Between June 2019 and August 2020, the school will be renovated and expanded. A two-story classroom wing addition will add eight new classrooms, and a new gymnasium addition will be more than double the size of the existing gym.

    Preserving History

    As a designated landmark, care will be taken to preserve or restore historic features. This includes the main stairways and the student dining hall with its carved, painted beams and tall north windows. The brick and ornamental cast stone exterior will be repaired and cleaned.

    Modernizing a Historic Buildingdrawing showing the site plan for Bagley Elementary construction

    Improvements to the main entrance and other areas in the school will provide universal access so everyone can enter the front door and move throughout the school. The wide, tall hallways will be retained and improved to allow Bagley’s teachers and students to use them for small groups, for student science projects, and for student art displays. The hallways will lead to upgraded classrooms with new technology, new classroom sinks, and new cabinets to support the school’s educational goals.

    Library, Art, and Music

    A new library will be created in the old gym space. It will take advantage of the north-facing windows to create a light-filled, technology-enhanced center with expanded collections and student spaces. The existing covered outdoor play area will be fully enclosed to house new music and art rooms with windows to the playground.

    Behind the Scenes

    The historic building will be structurally reinforced and will have new life safety and security systems installed. Interior comfort will be dramatically improved with insulation inside the brick walls, a new high-efficiency heating and ventilation system, all new plumbing, and new energy-efficient lighting.

    Two Additions architects drawings showing the Bagley additions from Stone Ave. N and from N. 80th Street

    The new gymnasium addition will provide expanded space for student activities and a full-size basketball court to support community use. The gym will have large north windows, an entrance convenient for community use, and will open to a new covered play canopy on the playground.

    The two-story classroom addition will connect to the main hall at the south end of the historic building. Light-filled hallways will lead to four classrooms and learning commons spaces on each floor. The classroom wing is designed to protect a notable incense cedar tree planted when the school was built in 1930. The new learning commons spaces will enjoy views into the tree canopy.

    The Daniel Bagley Elementary School modernization and additions were funded by the Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) and Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV (BTA IV) capital levies. BEX IV was approved by voters in 2013. BTA IV was approved by voters in 2016. Bagley is one of the last two major construction projects included in BEX IV. The other project is the replacement Wing Luke Elementary building, which will open in winter of the 2020-21 school year.