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    2020 Summer Construction at Multiple Schools
    Posted on 05/21/2020
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    Summer Construction Projects Begin at Multiple Schools

    While major school construction projects — such as school replacement, modernization, and additions — take multiple years, smaller projects are scheduled during the summer break to avoid disruption to teaching and learning. Typically, the start date for these summer projects must be after the end of the school year. This year is different.

    Washington Governor Jay Inslee closed school buildings through the end of the school year to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently he released “Safe Start Washington: A Phased Approach to Recovery.” During phase 1, some construction is allowed to resume if contractors comply with site safety requirements. This means Seattle Public Schools can begin some summer construction projects in May or early June instead of waiting until school lets out for summer.

    “We start planning for these projects during the fall and winter,” said Capital Projects and Planning director Richard Best. “I’m pleased that the governor is allowing low risk construction projects to resume with proper safety precautions.”

    The state has issued Construction Restart COVID-19 Job Site Requirements. District contractors are required to comply. (See related story.)

    School construction projects are funded by voter-approved capital levies. Projects taking place this summer are funded by the 2009 Buildings, Technology, and Academics III Capital Levy(BTA III), the 2013 Building Excellence IV Capital Levy (BEX IV), the 2016 Buildings, Technology, and Academics IV Capital Levy (BTA IV), and the 2019 Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V).

    Construction Projects

    Adams Elementary School, fire sprinklers; Jane Addams Middle School, field replacement/lighting and paving; Ballard High School, field replacement; Beacon Hill International Elementary School, seismic improvements, Broadview-Thomson K-8 School, seismic improvements; Cedar Park Elementary School, restroom addition; Fairmount Park Elementary School, window repair; Franklin High School, door and window replacement; Nathan Hale High School, field replacement/track surface replacement; Maple Elementary School, seismic improvements; North Beach Elementary School, pavement repair; Orca K-8 School, seismic improvements; Rising Star Elementary School, roof replacement; Sacajawea Elementary School, pavement repair; Wedgwood Elementary, seismic improvements and exterior doors; West Seattle High School, roof replacement, and Whitman Middle School, seismic improvements and field lighting.

    Playground Improvements

    Beacon Hill International Elementary, Dearborn Park International Elementary, Dunlap Elementary, Green Lake Elementary, Hawthorne Elementary, Lowell Elementary, Maple Elementary, McGilvra Elementary, Montlake Elementary, and Olympic View Elementary schools.

    Other Projects

    Projects for additional capacity, including portable classroom moves, take place during summer. There will also be changes made to accommodate Special Education or early learning.

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