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Seventh and eighth grade RHMS students work on an art project at the Seattle Art Museum

RHMS seventh and eighth grade students received a tour of the Seattle Art Museum and then participated in an interactive program called “STEAM:  The Geometry of Perspective”.

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Margaret Mead Elementary School

We are here: Phase 4, Design Development

Project Information

Drawing of the Mead Elementary SchoolThis project would rebuild and enlarge Margaret Mead Elementary School. The new school would have the capacity to serve 690 students. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended doing this project.

Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: Not selected yet
Square Footage: 78,000
Capacity: 690 students
Spaces: 30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost:
$44,987,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $5.7 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: 2019

Remodel vs. Rebuild
A Remodel vs Rebuild Study shows rebuilding a new school would be more cost effective than remodeling and enlarging the existing school. The current school consists of multiple small buildings made of cinder block. A new building would bring the entire school under one roof and limit access points into the building to enhance safety.

State construction assistance: Due to its age, the school became eligible for state funds for renovation or replacement in 2009. If the bond passes, the district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.


Current Building

Margaret Mead Elementary School is made up of six separate buildings, connected by covered outdoor walkways. It does not have a controlled access point for entry. There is no cafeteria. Students are served hot lunch in an exterior courtyard and students eat in classrooms. The building has issues with heating/ventilation, lighting, electrical, ceiling and door systems. The current school building lacks spaces that are comparable to other recently built elementary schools.

The school is currently overcrowded. The school currently uses spaces not designed as classrooms due to overcrowding. Additional classrooms are needed to house enrollment in the area and due to expected class size reduction.

Opened: 1979
Location:1725 - 216th Ave N.E. Sammamish
Site: 16 acres, including an adjacent 5 forested acres.
Current Enrollment: 600 students (October 2015)
Permanent Building Capacity: 449 at current class sizes. 392 students with state-funded class size reduction
Building Condition/Current Situation: The current school building is rated as “Fair” using the State Building Condition Assessment data. This score is based on an annual building evaluation of multiple building systems and sub-systems. The evaluation was conducted by a third party vendor.
Portables in use: 6
Portable age/condition: 25 to 29 years old, rated in “Fair” to good condition based on the annual building evaluation.

To learn more about the needs of the current Margaret Mead Elementary School, watch this video.

Project updates

December 2017 update

Posted December 8, 2017
Mead Elementary will also soon complete the design development phase and submit documents to the City of Sammamish to permit the project. It is important to note that the City of Sammamish’s moratorium on construction projects does not include school construction projects. This moratorium will not impact the rebuild and enlarge project for Mead Elementary. LWSD is also working with the Sammamish Parks & Recreation Department to utilize the East Sammamish Park parking lot during the construction process.

Community open house

June 6, 2017
On June 6, 21 Mead community members attended an open house to learn about updates on the project to rebuild and enlarge the school. Attendees viewed updated design and construction plans, asked questions and provided comments.

Mead Elementary Construction Input Team

May 9, 2017

The Mead Elementary Construction Input Team has met four times since December 2016. Comprised of staff and parent representatives and the Mead principal, the team is a critical part of the Lake Washington School District (LWSD) school design process. LWSD Facility Services leadership and the project architect help to guide the meetings. The team created a vision statement and values for the school, which describe the school identity and became guiding principles (a.k.a. “design goals”) for the project design team. Other community members also provided input. Watch the video below to view the Mead team in action. Construction will begin in spring 2018. The expanded and enlarged school will open in fall 2019.


Community open house

March 28, 2017
Mead Community Provides Input on Design Plans to Rebuild and Enlarge the School
On March 28 Kirk community members attended an open house about the plan to rebuild and enlarge the school. Attendees viewed design and construction plans, and project team members explained important elements of the project. The project team will review and consider all comments received. We will host another community meeting in June to show updated designs.