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    Expansion Project Begins at Frantz Coe Elementary
    Posted on 10/05/2020
    South elevation drawing

    Expansion Project Begins at Frantz Coe Elementary

    Construction began on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at Frantz Coe Elementary School as the contractors moved onto the school grounds. The 3-story classroom addition will include six classrooms with shared learning commons and a small group collaboration space.

    “This addition will allow us to fit in the building and more easily provide quality instruction for our students,” said school principal Virginia Turner. “Coe has been overcrowded for eight of the 10 years that I’ve been principal, and we’ve been housing these six classes in some very odd spaces.”

    Once complete, the addition will be seamlessly integrated on the east side of the exiting school. Materials for both the exterior and interior are matched for consistency across the spaces. 

    “Our commitment to providing school buildings that support student academic success becomes more difficult when capacity doesn’t keep up with enrollment growth,” said Director of Capital Projects and Planning Richard Best. “We appreciate the support of our state legislature in providing the funding for this project to expand Coe Elementary.”

    aerial view of a large building with a section on one side drawn in

    The project will take approximately 10 months, was designed by Mahlum Architects, and will be constructed by Western Ventures Construction, Inc. The addition will open in Fall 2021. Funding is provided by a Distressed Schools Grant awarded by the State of Washington in January 2018.

    More information and project updates are available on the project page.