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    West Woodland Elementary School Expansion Underway
    Posted on 08/31/2020
    Demolition is underway in preparation for the additions to West Woodland Elementary School

    Expanding West Woodland Elementary School

    Construction began in July to expand West Woodland Elementary School. Two additions will increase the size of the school from 51,000 square feet to approximately 80,000 square feet to help address enrollment growth in the area. The expanded building will  provide space for up to 550 students. Previously, West Woodland was designed for 320 students. Before construction began, the portable classrooms were removed from the school grounds as they will no longer be needed.

    photo of a building with construction equipment and a pile of concrete rubble

    image of a building with wood frames in the ground

    By mid-August, the construction team completed demolition and began work on the foundations for the new additions.

    an aerial photo of a large building with shaded areas showing which spaces will be added or remodeled

    The 12-classroom south addition will add a new wing to the school. This two-story addition includes six classrooms designed with toilet rooms for kindergarten and six flexible classrooms for upper grade levels.

    Each floor has shared learning commons and small group rooms to provide for different types of teaching and learning.

    The new building connects to the existing building at West Woodland’s distinctive rounded southeast corner. At the connection point, new learning commons will serve the existing classrooms.

    “These learning commons will also provide informal performance and presentation spaces for the whole school,” said Project Manager Paul Wight. “The school staff requested this type of space outside of the classroom to support the learning program.”

    Childcare/early learning will also be housed in this portion of the school.

    At the north side of the school, the remodeled lunchroom and gym spaces, plus an addition, will provide a full-size dining commons and a new gymnasium. A folding wall allows the two rooms to be combined to accommodate more people for performances or community gatherings. The stage in the dining commons is designed for music instruction as well as performances. A small community kitchen area provides additional options for community use. This north wing also contains the school’s library, administration offices, and main entrance.

    The existing school building will remain in much the same configuration as before. Classrooms continue to be organized by grade bands. With the added classrooms in the south wing, special education services can be distributed throughout the central wing. This allows better integration into the curriculum and academics of the school.

    “All of these existing spaces will be receiving new finishes such as paint, carpet, tile, and other flooring,” said Paul. “New technology will be in every classroom.”

    The halls of West Woodland include student-painted tiles from each year since the building opened in the 1990’s.

    “These tiles are important to the school,” said Paul. “During construction, care will be taken to protect them and to safely relocate them when necessary.”

    Wall space is reserved for future years of tiles. Walls in hallways, learning commons, and classrooms will provide display space for other student-developed art, continuing the school tradition of shared creativity. 

    Outdoors, the wings of the school wrap around three sides of an outdoor learning area on the west side. Beyond, hard and soft play areas will be enhanced, including the addition of a covered play area.

    Construction will continue throughout the next year. In Fall 2021, West Woodland students, teachers, and staff will start the school year in the expanded and improved building. 

    This project is funded by the Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V) and a distressed schools grant from the State of Washington.

    Follow the construction project on the project page.