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    Construction Starts This Summer
    Posted on 06/18/2021
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    Construction Projects Start This Summer

    Two years of planning pays off this summer as construction starts on several major building projects.

    There are three elementary school replacement projects that are scheduled to take two years to complete. Phase II modernization of a high school will take place over the next year. Plus, three school addition projects are scheduled to take one year as is a project to replace several systems in one school building. Lastly, the end of the school year kicks off multiple smaller projects traditionally done during summer break.

    Replacement Projects

    Three elementary school replacement projects have been designed to meet the district’s educational specification for 650 students. Each of the new schools will provide spaces and resources to support student academic success. Advisory teams that included school employees, parents, and community members worked with the architect to plan buildings that reflect the school culture.

    All three schools include sustainable design features that work toward the district’s net-zero energy goals and eliminate the use of fossil fuels. Geothermal heating and energy-efficient LED lighting reduce energy usage. Each school is being built to accommodate installation of solar panels in the future.

    Kimball Elementary School: The existing building will be replaced with a new three-story school. The new school building was thoughtfully designed to fit into the neighborhood with exterior color choices selected to reflect the natural elements found on the school site.

    The first phase of this project starts mid-July. The portables and most of the building will be demolished to prepare for construction. The new school opens September 2023.

    Kimball Elementary will be relocated to the interim site at Van Asselt School, 7201 Beacon Ave. S., for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

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    Northgate Elementary School: The existing building will be replaced by a new two-story school. The school is designed as a place where students and families feel like they belong.

    Early work to install geothermal wells began in June. The new school will open September 2023 with construction activities completing December 2023

    Northgate Elementary School will remain on site during construction. The new school building will be built on the school grounds. Once the new building is occupied, the old building will be demolished, and new playfields will be constructed. When complete, the school will be renamed James Baldwin Elementary School. This name was chosen by the school community.

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    Viewlands Elementary School: The existing building will be replaced with a new multi-story school. The new building will be infused with nature, outdoor learning, and natural light. It was thoughtfully designed to fit into the neighborhood and to recognize its unique location adjoining Carkeek Park.

    Work begins in early July. The new school opens September 2023.

    Viewlands Elementary will be relocated to the John Marshall School interim site, 520 NE Ravenna Boulevard, for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years.

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    Modernization

    Lincoln High School: This project is the second part of the Lincoln High School modernization project. It includes voluntary seismic improvements to the east buildings on campus. The gymnasium, locker rooms, auditorium, performing arts center, and food service Career & Technical Education (CTE) classrooms will undergo renovation.

    Work began in June. The project areas are expected to open Fall 2022.

    Classes will remain on campus during the 2021-22 school year. 

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    School Additions

    West Seattle Elementary School: An addition and renovations will provide more classroom space and reduce crowding. A two-story addition adds 12 new classrooms and spaces for group learning. The library will be relocated and expanded, and a redesigned entrance to create a secure entry vestibule will provide added security. The existing classrooms and administration offices will be updated with new paint, carpet, and technology.

    This project will start in July. The expanded school opens September 2022.

    West Seattle Elementary will be relocated to the Schmitz Park School interim site at 5000 SW Spokane Street for the 2021-22 school year.

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    Madison Middle School: A new two-story addition on the north side of the school will include six classrooms, two science rooms, and learning support spaces. All classrooms will have large windows to let in natural light. The addition will reduce crowding. After construction, all of the portable classrooms will be removed.

    Work on the addition begins this summer. In summer 2022, work will begin to upgrade the athletic field with new synthetic turf and athletic field lights. The building addition opens September 2022.

    The school community will remain onsite during the 2021-22 school year.

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    Leschi Elementary School: A two-story addition will include four new classrooms to relieve overcrowding. It will be built on the north side of the school. Changes to the administration area and main doors will create a secure entry vestibule. Building the classroom addition will allow preschool to return to the school.

    Work begins mid-July. The building addition opens September 2022.

    The school community and childcare will remain onsite during the 2021-22 school year.

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    Other Projects Starting Summer 2021

    Cascade Parent Partnership: Work is also scheduled to begin at North Queen Anne School to update the building to better meet the needs of Cascade Parent Partnership.

    During the 2021-22 school year, Cascade Parent Partnership will be at the John Marshall School interim site, 520 NE Ravenna Boulevard.

    Summer Projects: In addition to the major projects that run for a year or more, several projects that can be done over summer break will commence. The funding for these projects comes from capital levies approved by Seattle voters.

    • Alder Academy: technology and furniture installation for five new classrooms
    • Ballard High School: masonry restoration
    • Boren STEM K-8: heating system upgrades
    • Capacity projects: conversion of existing space to general education classrooms at Emerson Elementary School, John Marshall School, Pathfinder K-8, and Rainier View Elementary School
    • Career and Technical Education: Nursing Skills Center move from West Seattle High School to Franklin High School
    • Early Learning: modifications at Cascadia Elementary School for Early Learning
    • Franklin High School: gymnasium roof replacement with associated masonry repairs and seismic improvements
    • Gatewood Elementary School: playground improvements
    • Hay Elementary School: playground improvements
    • Hazel Wolf K-8: installation of a new synthetic turf playfield
    • John Stanford Center for Educational Excellence: Upgrades to central kitchen
    • Lafayette Elementary School: seismic improvements, fire sprinkler, and heating and ventilation upgrades
    • Lowell Elementary School: modifications for school-based health clinic
    • McClure Middle School: seismic improvements and science classroom upgrades (2-summer project)
    • McGilvra Elementary School: synthetic turf field replacement and new flagpole
    • North Beach Elementary School: Seismic improvements, exterior door replacement, and upgrades to heating and ventilation system (2-summer project)
    • NOVA at Horace Mann School: modifications for new school-based health clinic
    • Nutritional Services: make modifications for new food service equipment at Blaine K-8, Decatur Elementary School, Franklin High School, Green Lake Elementary School, Greenwood Elementary School, North Beach Elementary School, and Salmon Bay K-8.
    • Portables: portable relocation for additional capacity at Van Asselt School interim site and Schmitz Park School interim site
    • Roxhill School: seismic improvements
    • Special Education: building modifications at Aki Kurose Middle School and Garfield High School to meet the needs of Special Education programs
    • View Ridge Elementary School: playground improvements
    • Washington Middle School: seismic improvements (2-summer project)

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