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    Margaret Mead Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    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.
    2016 Bond Projects: A Year in Review

    It is with gratitude that we share this video of the moments that made 2018 a year to remember. We celebrated the grand openings of two new elementary schools and progress continues on the remaining 2016 bond projects at Juanita High School, Peter Kirk Elementary, Margaret Mead Elementary, Old Redmond Schoolhouse and the new middle school at Redmond Ridge newly named Timberline Middle School.

    As we look ahead to 2019, we look forward to providing additional space for more students as we open new schools and rebuild and expand other schools. All of the capital improvement projects add quality learning spaces for students. Even with the addition of these learning spaces, the district has ongoing critical capacity needs because of our rapid growth and will propose a Capital Projects Levy to voters in April of 2019.   

    Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District for your ongoing support for providing great places for students to learn!

    Students and staff thank construction workers while placing last steel beam

    Students and staff signed the last steel beam at Margaret Mead Elementary before a crane lifted it to the top of its three-floor steel frame on November 13.

    Director of Support Services Forrest Miller, who is retiring this month, explained the tradition of placing an American flag and evergreen tree on the beam. “We’re celebrating the fact that there’s been safety on this project, but also honoring the workers,” he said. Superintendent Dr. Jane Stavem also attended the topping out ceremony. She thanked workers and the community for making the project possible.

    Margaret Mead Elementary School - November 2018 updates

    concrete for stage, steel assembly, geothermal drilling

    • Steel installation on the three-story building was completed this week.
    • Work is beginning to enclose and weatherproof the building before winter.
    • Concrete for the stage has been placed in the commons.
    • Drilling is in progress for geothermal wells. This technology is a sustainable way to maintain comfortable temperatures in the school. Water in pipes warms or cools underground where the temperatures stay a comfortable 55 degrees year-round. The water returns to the surface where the heat is extracted to help control the temperature inside the school.
    Margaret Mead Elementary September 2018 updates

    Collage: Concrete, aerial and utility work.

    • 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.

    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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