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Building on Success progress report

Households around the district received the Building On Success Progress Report in mailboxes this month. It included an overview and progress updates on construction projects funded by the 2016 bond and the 2019 capital projects levy. If you missed it in the mail, be sure to view it online to learn more about:

Building on Success: A Year in Review 2019

The year 2019 was one to remember: We celebrated the grand openings of Timberline Middle School and the newly rebuilt Peter Kirk and Margaret Mead elementary schools. Progress continued on the remaining 2016 bond projects: Juanita High School and Old Redmond Schoolhouse. Construction also began on the addition at Lake Washington High School, funded by the Capital Projects Levy passed by voters in April 2019.

Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District. With your ongoing support, we are providing students with great places to learn!

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students and mascot welcoming visitors

Before Seahawks Dancers led students in a countdown to cut the ribbon at their new school, parents and guests at Margaret Mead Elementary were treated to songs from more than 600 students. The Grand Opening celebration on November 14 also marked the school’s 40th anniversary. Retired teachers and staff received applause at the door as they arrived to celebrate with students.

Mead Grand Opening

You could feel the excitement at Margaret Mead Elementary on November 14. Even before two Seahawks Dancers took the microphone to lead students in a cheer, student greeters were singing and clapping as parents, staff, builders, architects, retired teachers and other guests arrived for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Aerial Photos

Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

Drawings and site plans

Project Information

This project will rebuild and enlarge Margaret Mead Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.

Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
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: September 2019

Remodel vs. Rebuild
A Remodel vs Rebuild Study concluded 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. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.

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