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For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 

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    Margaret Mead Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    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.
    Margaret Mead Elementary School August 2018 updates

    Collage with footings and storm water vault.

    • 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.
    Connecting the classroom to construction at Margaret Mead Elementary

    Students watch an excavator and bulldozer from their playground.

    Students at Margaret Mead Elementary School are learning more about the construction work going on in their backyard.

    Construction workers teaching students about safety equipment.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.

    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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