Rose Hill Middle School pottery students got hands-on experience practicing Raku, a traditional Japanese pottery technique, with a special guest from Seattle Pottery Supply.
Peter Kirk Elementary School
Teachers and staff at Peter Kirk Elementary have started planning what they will need for their new classrooms in the fall. Each grade toured the new school in February and March. The kindergarten and first grade teachers (pictured here) were the final group to tour the school on March 14. The new building is under construction next to the existing building.
Construction updates: Workers have completed roofing. Drywall and window installations are nearly complete. Painting will begin this month.
The rebuilt and enlarged Peter Kirk Elementary will open in September 2019. Principal Monica Garcia hosts a tour of the new building.
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.
- Building weatherproofing (orange in photo) is complete.
- Staff had their first chance to tour the new building in February.
- Framing is complete.
- Drywall installation has begun.
- Principal Monica Garcia and Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem walked the construction site.
- Interior mechanical, plumbing and fire sprinkler installation is in progress.
- Gym/Commons exterior framing is in progress.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project will rebuild and enlarge Peter Kirk Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.
Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
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 in 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 2005. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
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