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New Middle School - Redmond Ridge
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
The Long-Term Facilities Task Force project recommendations included a new middle school in the Redmond Learning Community to help accommodate the district’s growing enrollment in that area. The new school would be built to serve 900 students.
Architect: McGranahan Architecture
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: Redmond Ridge Drive NE and NE 99th Place, Redmond Ridge
Square Footage: 134,000
Spaces: 24 standard classrooms, instrumental and vocal music, special education, art, lab science, CTE, library, cafeteria/commons with stage, and gymnasium
Estimated Project Cost: $77,592,000 (Includes construction costs of $47.6 million in 2016 dollars, $22.8 million in non-construction costs, and $7.2 million in expected construction inflation).
Planned opening: 2019
Neighborhood boundaries: Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback during the 2017-18 school year.
- Structural steel installation
- Rock crushing at the new middle school at Redmond Ridge
- Ground broken for two schools in Redmond Ridge
- Open house: Good Neighbor Meeting
- Community input
Structural steel installation began at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge on October 16, 2017. Digging of geothermal wells begins in November. Harnessing geothermal energy (aka “ground source”), is a sustainable way to condition the air inside the building by exchanging heat within the ground. This reduces energy consumption and therefore lowers utility costs. Installation of the underground fiber optic cables started last week.
On June 7, 2017, Lake Washington School District celebrated milestones in two construction projects: consecutive groundbreakings for a new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East and a new middle school in Redmond Ridge. The first ceremony took place at the elementary school. Half an hour later, the middle school event followed.
Families from the community attended both events along with LWSD Board member Mark Stuart and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Kim Bilanko, planning principal for the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East, spoke at that groundbreaking. (The planning principal for the middle school will be named next year.)
“It is a time of growth and opportunity for Lake Washington,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “Today we are quite literally building on success. We are building for today and we are building for the future.”
The 78,000-square foot elementary school is scheduled to open by fall 2018. The larger, 134,000 square foot middle school is scheduled to open a year later, in the fall of 2019. Both schools were funded through a voter-approved bond measure, passed in April 2016.
Work begins soon on the New Middle School at Redmond Ridge.
On March 29, 2017, community members attended a “Good Neighbor” open house at Rosa Parks Elementary School. The main purpose of the meeting was to provide information to individuals living near the project site who may experience noise, dust, construction traffic, or other disruptions during the life of the project.
The first step in construction is site mobilization. That includes erecting temporary fencing around the entire work area and bringing construction trailers and some equipment on site.
As part of the Schematic Design phase, a community meeting was held at Rosa Parks Elementary School on June 13, 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.
A similar community meeting was held on September 26, 2016 at Rosa Parks Elementary to get additional input during the Design Development phase. This time, the plans and designs reflected the input from community members from the June 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.