At the March 5 School Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the names of both the New Elementary School in North Redmond and the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East, which will open in fall 2018.

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New Elementary School - Redmond Ridge East

Ella Baker Elementary School

We are here: phase 6, construction

Aerial Views of the Construction Site

Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

Project Information

This project is one of the new elementary schools to serve the Redmond Learning Community that was included in the Long-Term Facilities Planning Task Force recommendations. The new school would be built to house 690 elementary students.

Architect: DLR Group
Contractor: Lydig Construction
: Eastridge Drive NE, Redmond Ridge East
Square Footage: 78,000
30 standard classrooms plus music, art/science rooms, ELL/SN/special education, library, cafeteria/commons, gymnasium, and outdoor covered play area
Estimated Project Cost: 43,257,000 (Includes construction costs of $26.5 million in 2016 dollars, $12.7 million in non-construction costs, and $4 million in expected construction inflation)
Planned opening:
Neighborhood boundaries:
Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback that begins January 2017.

Drawings and site plans

Project updates

Construction continues; process for naming school begins

Posted December 8, 2017
Aerial view of the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge EastConstruction continues at the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East. Planning Principal Kim Bilanko will start meeting with incoming families in early December. This school community will also take its first steps in building their community by naming the school. Elementary schools in LWSD are named for deceased persons famous for their work in science, the humanities, letters or education. The mission of the New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East will directly focus on creating global citizens through service learning. Incoming families have been sent a link to suggest names. A committee from the planning team will evaluate each submission and select their top 6-8 recommendations to send to the School Board for review. Upon approval, top nominations will be sent to each student to select his/her top choice. The top school name choice will be submitted to the School Board on February 5, 2018 for their approval in combination with their selection of a mascot and school colors.

The New Elementary School in Redmond Ridge East is on schedule to open in Fall 2018.

Aerial photo by Tim Rice Photography.

Steel assembly and installation

Posted November 3, 2017
Steel assembly at the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge EastSteel assembly and installation for the building’s framework is underway at the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East. The last of the foundation was poured during the end of October 2017. The framework is scheduled to be complete in November 2017.

Planning Principal Kim Bilanko is in the process of hiring initial staff. Current staff had their first team planning meetings the week of October 23, 2017. Team members are also participating in Learning Walks at a variety of schools both in Lake Washington School District and other local schools. Watch for a new school website – coming soon!

Concrete pour at the new elemenary school in Redmond Ridge East

Ground broken for two schools in Redmond Ridge

On June 7, 2017, Lake Washington School District celebrated milestones in two construction projects: consecutive groundbreakings for a new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East and a new middle school in Redmond Ridge. The first ceremony took place at the elementary school. Half an hour later, the middle school event followed.

Families from the community attended both events along with LWSD Board member Mark Stuart and King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert. Kim Bilanko, planning principal for the new elementary school in Redmond Ridge East, spoke at that groundbreaking. (The planning principal for the middle school will be named next year.)

“It is a time of growth and opportunity for Lake Washington,” noted Dr. Traci Pierce, superintendent. “Today we are quite literally building on success. We are building for today and we are building for the future.”

The 78,000-square foot elementary school is scheduled to open by fall 2018. The larger, 134,000 square foot middle school is scheduled to open a year later, in the fall of 2019. Both schools were funded through a voter-approved bond measure, passed in April 2016.

Open house: Good Neighbor Meeting

Open House: Good Neighbor Meeting

Work begins soon on the New Elementary School at Redmond Ridge East.

On March 29, 2017, community members attended a “Good Neighbor” open house at Rosa Parks. The main purpose of the meeting was to provide information to individuals living near the project site who may experience noise, dust, construction traffic, or other disruptions during the life of the project.

The first step in construction is site mobilization. That includes erecting temporary fencing around the entire work area and bringing construction trailers and some equipment on site.

The images posted below show design elements, placement of fencing, logistics plan (trailer locations and construction parking), routes that construction traffic will travel, safety measures, and other construction elements.

Community input

Parents and community members view drawings set up on easels of the new schoolAs part of the Schematic Design phase, a community meeting was held at Rosa Parks Elementary School on June 13, 2016. This open-house style meeting gave parents and other community members a chance to view the preliminary designs for the new elementary school and the new middle school to be built in Redmond Ridge. They viewed presentation boards that showed the project schedule, site plan, building plan and views to show what the school will look like. Staff from the architecture firms working on the projects were available to answer questions and get feedback. Attendees provided written feedback on these initial designs.

A similar community meeting was held on September 26, 2016, at Rosa Parks Elementary to get additional input Parents and community members look at drawings of the new school set up on easelsduring the Design Development phase. This time, the plans and designs reflected the input from community members from the June meeting. Each board listed the specific changes made in response to the input. Attendees also provided additional written feedback into this second round of designs.