State Senator Manka Dhingra stopped by Ella Baker Elementary on October 12 to promote the need for everyone to participate in a democracy and to tell students what motivated her to run for office.
Margaret Mead Elementary School
- Concrete floors started.
- Structural brace frame concrete footings are complete.
- Borings for geothermal wells started.
- Utility work is in progress.
- A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
- Structural brace frame concrete footings in progress.
- West storm water vault concrete complete.
- Concrete footings, for structural walls, are in progress.
- Water and sewer utilities are being installed.
Students at Margaret Mead Elementary School are learning more about the construction work going on in their backyard.
On June 12, contractors who are building the school gave a presentation and demonstrated some of the equipment being used at the site: an excavator, a bulldozer, a fork lift and a water truck. They explained why they use special protective gear to stay safe (helmet, glasses, gloves and boots).
Students absorbed the lessons. “One pointed out the window recently and said, ‘Look, it’s an excavator,’” said third-grade teacher Renee Beluche.
During a question-and-answer session, students showed a particular interest in the stairs, play area and cafeteria (they currently eat in their classrooms).
Students who are in third grade this year will be in fifth grade when the new school opens in fall 2019. They were excited to hear that their classrooms will be on the third floor because they will be the oldest students in the school.
Margaret Mead has the smallest building footprint of the district's construction projects. The Design and Construction Advisory Committee recommended the three-floor design to allow the school to be built on a smaller area and still maintain the student capacity needed. The smaller footprint also means there is a smaller impact on storm water.
Excavation on the new school is in progress beside the existing building. The new building will have a capacity of 690 students.
- Safety and security fencing have been installed around the construction site.
- Clearing and grading are in progress.
- Utility installation is expected to begin this month.
Margaret Mead Elementary School students welcomed visitors to their school with drumming and singing during the groundbreaking ceremony on March 28. Parents, dignitaries, architects and contractors attended the event.
Principal Sandy Klein said the new building will allow Mead to offer more opportunities for learning. It is set to open in September 2019.
Representatives from the district and community came to celebrate the milestone with students, including:
• Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent
• State Sen. Manka Dhingra
• Christie Malchow, Sammamish Mayor
• Kathy Lambert, King County Councilmember
• Siri Bliesner, School Board President
• Cassandra Sage, School Board Member
• Dr. Jon Holmen, Deputy Superintendent
• Barbara Posthumus, Associate Superintendent
• Dr. Matt Livingston, Director School Support for Eastlake Learning Community
Mead Elementary is one of eight projects approved by voters as part of the 2016 bond measure.
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
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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