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Peter Kirk Elementary School

We are here: Phase 4, Design Development

Project Information

Drawing of new Peter Kirk Elementary School buildingThis project would rebuild and enlarge Peter Kirk Elementary School. The new school would have the capacity to serve 690 students. This is 190 more than the current building could serve with reduced class sizes. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.

Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
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 in 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 2005. If the bond passes, the district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.

Current Building

Peter Kirk Elementary School is made up of seven separate buildings connected by covered outdoor walkways. It has multiple access points, rather than one controlled access point for entry. Some classrooms have little access to natural light. There is no cafeteria. Students get their food from stations set up in a covered walkway area and bring food back to the classroom to eat. The building has issues with heating/ventilation, lighting, exterior walls, windows, ceiling and door systems. The current school building lacks spaces that are comparable to other recently built elementary schools. The school is currently overcrowded and uses spaces not designed as classrooms due to this overcrowding. Additional classrooms are needed to house enrollment in the area and due to expected class size reduction.

Opened: 1975
Location: 1312 6th Street, Kirkland
Site: 12.6 acres, including nearly three acres recently acquired by the district
Current Enrollment: 528
Permanent Building Capacity: 414 at current class sizes. 360 students with state-funded class size reduction
Building Condition: The current school building is rated as “Poor” 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: 3
Portables age/condition: 20 to 29 years old, rated in “Fair” condition based on the annual building evaluation.

To learn more about the needs of the current Peter Kirk Elementary School, watch this video.

Project updates

December 2017 update

Posted December 8, 2017
Kirk Elementary will soon complete the design development phase and then submit documents to the City of Kirkland to permit the project. Updated designs have been added above. Construction activities are scheduled to start this spring, and the school is expected to be complete in Fall 2019.

Community open house

June 8, 2017
On June 8, 57 Kirk 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.

Kirk Elementary Construction Input Team

April 25, 2017
The Kirk Elementary Construction Input Team has met four times since December 2016. Comprised of staff and parent representatives and the Kirk 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 Kirk team in action. Construction will begin in spring 2018. The expanded and enlarged school will open in fall 2019.


Community open house

March 24, 2017
Kirk Community Provides Input on Design Plans for a Rebuild & Enlarge of the School
On March 23, sixty 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 the comments received, and we will host another community meeting in June to show updated designs.