Rebuild and Enlarge Smith Elementary

Smith Elementary is our second-oldest elementary school facility, originally built in 1988. A rebuilt school could add permanent capacity for up to 253 students and would be completed in 2031. All renderings are proof of concept and may not reflect the final design.

Construction phase one: Pre-Design

Project Updates

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Levy will focus on replacing four aging schools and upgrading/modernizing the fieldhouse and community pool at Juanita High School.

Redmond, Wash. – At the May 20, 2024, Board Meeting, Lake Washington School District proposed a Building Excellence Capital Construction Levy ballot measure for the November 5, 2024, election.

Construction Update Phase 2

At the November 20 School Board Study Session, Associate Superintendent Barbara Posthumus, Superintendent Holmen and Executive Director of Support Services Brian Buck shared an update to Phase 2 of the Building Excellence Plan.

Project Information

This project will rebuild and enlarge Smith Elementary School. The Facility Advisory Committee recommended this project. 

Location: 23305 NE 14th Street, Sammamish, WA 98074 
Built: 1988 
Architect:  Mahlum Architects  
Contractor: BNBuilders  
Square Footage: 78,000 
Capacity: 690 students 
Permanent Capacity Add: 253 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: $118.1 million 
Planned opening: 2031 

Remodel vs. Rebuild 
A remodel vs. rebuild study concluded that rebuilding a new school would be more cost-effective than remodeling and enlarging the existing school. A new building would bring the entire school under one roof and limit access points to enhance safety. 

State construction assistance 
Due to its age, the school is eligible for state funds for renovation or replacement. The amount the district expects to receive in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project is TBD. 

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