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    Construction Complete at Queen Anne Elementary
    Posted on 08/30/2019
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    Queen Anne Elementary Construction Complete

    Ribbon-Cutting Celebration scheduled for Sept. 3, 2019 at 10:30

    This fall, Queen Anne Elementary School students, teachers, and staff will start the school year off with more enrichment areas and opportunities for students and community. They return to an expanded and reconfigured building designed to support their Creative Approach School, which combines project-based learning and social-emotional learning. The growing school needed more classroom space and expanded core facilities.

    A ribbon-cutting event on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m. will celebrate the new addition.

    The school encompasses a two-block long, landmarked site on the top of Queen Anne Hill. The campus includes two buildings — a wooden building, constructed in 1905, and a brick school building, constructed in 1922.

    The voter-approved Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) Capital Levy provided funding to build a 19,975-square-foot addition on the south side of the brick school building.

    “Our beautiful new addition includes eight new classrooms, a full-size gymnasium, an expanded cafeteria, a new entrance and office area, and one of the first dedicated elementary makerspaces in Washington state,” Principal Janine Roy said.

     

    The Heart of the Campus

    In order to reclaim the heart of the campus — the space between the two buildings — staff parking and dumpster storage were relocated to the perimeter of the school grounds, away from student play areas and visually shielded from drop-off and arrival areas. New playground spaces now fill that space, providing options for active and quiet play.

    The New Front Door

    The school’s new secure entrance and administration office face 4th Ave. N. This location provides a closer connection to the students and teachers housed in the historic-wood building and a clear view of the playground areas.

    A Full-Size Gymnasium

    The updates mean the school can use the gym for both physical education for students and school community gatherings. “Previously, we were using a portable for gym classes, activities, and recess on rainy days,” Principal Roy said.

    In addition to a climbing wall, basketball hoops, and a whole slew of gym equipment, the gym includes a projector and screen, which lift out of the way when not in use

    Makerspace and Project-Based Learning Lab

    The space that used to be the covered play area has been enclosed and integrated into the school. It now houses one of the first, purpose-designed elementary school makerspaces in the state. The large space has been divided by a sliding door. Both sides can be used for project-based learning as enrollment continues to grow.

    Increased Dining Space

    The stage platform was removed from the existing school lunchroom, expanding the available space. In addition, the lunchroom adjoins the eastern portion of the makerspace. This provides a second eating space, which has been designated as a quieter space for students to eat lunch.

    Sustainability

    As with all district construction projects, improving energy efficiency and promoting a healthy environment were key to the project design. Passive, natural bioretention manages stormwater by directing it into planted areas to filter the runoff through the plants and soil. Teacher-controlled ceiling fans and operable windows expand classroom comfort. The heating and ventilation system uses a heat recovery system to reduce energy usage.

    Celebrate with Queen Anne Elementary

    “Students, staff, and parents are excited to begin our learning initiatives in these new learning spaces,” Principal Roy said.

    Queen Anne Elementary School’s new address is 2100 4th Ave. N.