Margaret Mead Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Aerial Views of the Construction Site

    Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

    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. With passage of the 2016 bond, the district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.

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    Current Building

    Margaret Mead Elementary School is made up of six separate buildings, connected by covered outdoor walkways. It does not have a controlled access point for entry. There is no cafeteria. Students are served hot lunch in an exterior courtyard and students eat in classrooms. The building has issues with heating/ventilation, lighting, electrical, ceiling and door systems. The current school building lacks spaces that are comparable to other recently built elementary schools.

    The school is currently overcrowded. The school currently uses spaces not designed as classrooms due to overcrowding. Additional classrooms are needed to house enrollment in the area and due to expected class size reduction.

    Opened: 1979
    Location:1725 - 216th Ave N.E. Sammamish
    Site: 16 acres, including an adjacent 5 forested acres.
    Current Enrollment: 600 students (October 2015)
    Permanent Building Capacity: 449 at current class sizes. 392 students with state-funded class size reduction
    Building Condition/Current Situation: The current school building is rated as “Fair” 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: 6
    Portable age/condition: 25 to 29 years old, rated in “Fair” to good condition based on the annual building evaluation.

    To learn more about the needs of the current Margaret Mead Elementary School, watch this video.

    Project Updates

    Mead construction begins soon

    LWSD submitted its conditional use/land use permit for the Mead Elementary School project. These permits must be in place before the school can submit for the building permit.

    Mead Elementary will also soon complete the design development phase and submit documents to the City of Sammamish to permit the project.

    On June 6, 21 Mead community members attended an open house to learn about updates on the project to rebuild and enlarge the school.