Margaret Mead Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    A 3D virtual tour of the new Margaret Mead Elementary

    The rebuilt and enlarged Margaret Mead Elementary will open in September 2019. Principal Sandy Klein hosts a tour of the new building.

    First tour for Mead Elementary teachers and staff
    Staff waving to camera

    As snowflakes fell lightly around them, kindergarten teachers and specialist staff had their first opportunity to tour their new school on March 6. The Mead PTSA president and vice president also attended. When they reached the kindergarten pod, teachers asked questions of the project team, trying to imagine where future walls and restrooms will go.

    The rebuilt and enlarged Margaret Mead Elementary School is designed with 30 classrooms – five classrooms for each grade. Mead will be the first three-story elementary school in the district. Future tours are scheduled for the remaining Mead staff.

    Six-month countdown: Five new schools opening in September

    Aerial photos of construction projects

    Enjoy this bird’s-eye view of the new schools opening in six months: Timberline Middle School (the new middle school at Redmond Ridge); rebuilt and enlarged Peter Kirk Elementary and Margaret Mead Elementary; and the first phase of rebuilt and enlarged Juanita High School. We have also posted updated photos of the interior remodel happening at Old Redmond Schoolhouse. The building will open with preschool classrooms in the fall.

    Weather impacts: The district is working with our partners to ensure projects stay on schedule despite February’s record snowfall.

    Mead Elementary - February 2019 update

    roof in the snow, three floors of framing, view from the roof

    • Exterior framing is complete.
    • Roof installation on the three-story building has begun.
    • Drywall installation has begun.
    Mead January 2019 update: Mechanical and utility installation

    Collage: Framing, mechanical installation, utility installation

    • Exterior framing of the educational wing is underway.
    • Interior mechanical, plumbing and fire sprinkler installation is in progress.
    • Utility installation occurred over winter break.

    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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