The Latest Updates on the Lake Washington School District Construction Projects
Seattle tops the list of the nation’s fastest growing cities this year, and school districts are expanding to offer smaller class sizes for students. Lake Washington School District has several exciting construction projects in progress, including elementary, middle, and high schools. The addition and renovation of several schools is excellent news for parents in the Seattle area, or for those hoping to move to Washington. All of the schools that are in the building process are designed with students’ needs in mind, and the classrooms will offer superior lighting, acoustics, and air quality to encourage an effective learning environment. Here, you’ll find details about the building progress on schools in the Lake Washington School District.
New Elementary Schools
In late 2018, Redmond Ridge East will open the doors to their brand new elementary school. Ground was broken to mark the official beginning of this construction project on June 7, 2017. When the school is completed, students will enjoy a roomy 78,000 square foot facility that members of the community helped design. Features of the new elementary school include 30 classrooms, an art room, a science area, and a covered playground—just to name a few.
For residents of North Redmond, a primary school with similar design features is being opened in fall 2018. Like the new Redmond Ridge East elementary school, this campus is capable of accommodating 690 students.
Elementary Schools to Be Rebuilt
Margaret Mead Elementary School, which was opened in 1979, is receiving a re-build to be completed in fall 2019. When construction is finished, students will benefit from classrooms that are contained in one central building, as well as modernized amenities. The building process should begin in spring 2018.
Peter Kirk Elementary School originally opened in 1975. The existing school is aging and could benefit from an upgrade, and a remodel versus rebuild study has shown that it’s more cost effective to start anew instead of renovate. While the current version of the elementary school is comprised of numerous cinder block buildings, the new 78,000 square foot structure will consist of just one main building for easy navigation. The Peter Kirk Elementary School is still in the design development stage, and is expected to open in fall of 2019.
New Middle School at Redmond Ridge
As the enrollment of the Lake Washington School District continues to grow, a new middle school is being added to the community. Expected in fall 2019, the middle school will be able to accommodate 900 students in the 134,000 square foot building. The design and permitting phases have already been completed, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 7, just 30 minutes after breaking ground for Redmond Ridge East’s new elementary school. Since construction is currently in progress, all that’s left is the decision-making process for boundaries. During the 2017-2018 school year, members of the community have an opportunity to offer input for drawing boundaries.
Juanita High School
Originally built in 1971, Juanita High School is due for a rebuild. According to the remodel versus rebuild study, it’s the best option to rebuild the academic building, rather than renovate. The upgraded Juanita High School started the construction phase in summer 2017, and doors are expected to open in 2020. After completion of this project, the new high school can house 1,800 students in its 217,000 square footage.
In addition to these schools, the Lake Washington School District is also renovating Old Redmond Schoolhouse, to be re-opened in 2019.
The Seattle area is already a popular place to live, and the addition of new schools is just another reason to consider moving here. Contact us when you’re ready to learn more about our outstanding education system. We’d love to help you find the right school for your child(ren) in our vibrant city.
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