New Elementary School - North Redmond
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project is one of the new elementary schools to serve the Redmond Learning Community that was included in the Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force recommendations. The new school would be built to house 690 elementary students under state-funded class size reductions.
Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: BNBuilders Construction
Location: 172nd NE and NE 122nd, Redmond
Square Footage: 78,000
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: $43,257,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million in 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $4 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening: 2018
Neighborhood boundaries: Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback that begins January 2017.
- Steel assembly and installation
- Stormwater vault at new elementary school in north Redmond
- Ground broken for new elementary school in north Redmond
- Community input
Steel assembly and installation for the building framework at the new elementary school in North Redmond was topped off, or completed, on October 30, 2017. On the 65th day of construction, (two weeks into steel construction) LWSD did a Facebook Live video of the steel assembly in progress. Check out the video here.
Planning Principal Karen Barker is in the process of hiring initial staff. Current staff had their first team planning meetings the week of October 23, 2017. Team members are participating in Learning Walks at a variety of schools both in Lake Washington School District and other local schools. Watch for a new school website – coming soon!
Ground was broken on May 24, 2017, for the first of three new schools in Lake Washington School District. These schools are part of the district’s overall Building on Success program. The new buildings are aimed at helping the district address its rapidly growing enrollment. The district is now the third largest district in the state, with just over 29,000 students.
“This is a very exciting time in Lake Washington School District,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent, who addressed the crowd. “We are growing. We are thriving. We are succeeding and we are building on that success.”
Dr. Pierce introduced Karen Barker, who will serve as the school’s first principal when it opens in September 2018. Barker is currently the principal of Dickinson Elementary School and Explorer Community School, also in Redmond.
Left to right: Byron Shutz, Redmond City Council; Tanika Padhye, Redmond City Council; Angela Birney, Redmond City Council; Karen Barker, Planning Principal, New Elementary at North Redmond; Barbara Posthumus, assistant superintendent, LWSD; John Marchione, mayor, city of Redmond; Traci Pierce, superintendent, LWSD; Janene Fogard, deputy superintendent, LWSD; Siri Bliesner, school board vice president; and John Stilin, vice president, Redmond City Council.
As part of the Schematic Design phase, a community meeting was held at Redmond High School on June 14, 2016. This open-house style meeting gave parents and other community members a chance to view the preliminary designs for the new elementary school and the new middle school to be built in Redmond Ridge. They viewed presentation boards that showed the project schedule, site plan, building plan and views to show what the school will look like. Staff from the architecture firms working on the projects were available to answer questions and get feedback. Attendees provided written feedback on these initial designs.
Two additional community meetings were held as part of the Design Development phase. A meeting was held at Redmond City Hall on September 22, 2016, in conjunction with the City of Redmond. At that meeting, Forrest Miller, Director, Support Services, presented the updated designs for the school. Attendees were able to ask questions about the project, as well as to submit written comments.
A final community meeting was held on September 27, 2016, at Redmond High School to get additional input. This time, the plans and designs reflected the input from community members from the June 2016 meeting. Each board listed the specific changes made in response to the input. Attendees also provided additional written feedback into this second round of designs.