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    Seismic Improvements at Webster School
    Posted on 03/09/2020
    Graphic with text "School Beat: Seismic Upgrades to the Webster School"

    Seismic Improvements at Webster School

    The Webster School building, originally built in 1908 with an addition in 1930, will be the new home of Licton Springs K-8 in the Fall 2020. The building housed the Nordic Heritage Museum for 30 years. The museum moved out after completing construction of a new facility, ending their lease and returning the building to the district.

    The district determined that modernizing and reopening Webster School would help respond to increasing enrollment in the Ballard neighborhood. The school was designated as a landmark by the City of Seattle, requiring the district to retain historic features.

    To ensure a safe learning environment, renovation of the unreinforced building included seismic retrofitting to enhance structural stability in case of an earthquake.

    Because the historic brick building is constructed of unreinforced masonry, extensive upgrades were necessary to bring this building up to current seismic safety code. Brace frames and 20-foot-deep micro piles were placed under shear walls to transfer loads, reducing the possibility of damage to the building or injury to students, teachers, staff, or visitors.

    In addition, wood diaphragm sheathing has been installed on the floors and roof. The new gymnasium addition is being built to current seismic codes.

    Safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority. Seismic retrofits to enhance earthquake safety of school buildings are funded by voter-approved Building Excellence (BEX) and Buildings, Technology, and Academics (BTA) capital levies. Buildings are prioritized based on the most recent engineering studies. View the date of the most recent seismic improvements at each school.