New Middle School - Redmond Ridge

We are here: phase 6, construction

Aerial Views of the Construction Site

Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

Project Information

The Long-Term Facilities Task Force project recommendations included a new middle school in the Redmond Learning Community to help accommodate the district’s growing enrollment in that area. The new school would be built to serve 900 students.

Architect: McGranahan Architecture
Contractor: Lydig Construction
Location: Redmond Ridge Drive NE and NE 99th Place, Redmond Ridge
Square Footage
: 134,000
24 standard classrooms, instrumental and vocal music, special education, art, lab science, CTE, library, cafeteria/commons with stage, and gymnasium
Estimated Project Cost: $77,592,000 (Includes construction costs of $47.6 million in 2016 dollars, $22.8 million in non-construction costs, and $7.2 million in expected construction inflation).
Planned opening:
Neighborhood boundaries:
Boundaries will be developed in a process including public feedback during the 2017-18 school year.

Drawings and site plans

Project updates

Construction continues

Posted April 2, 2018
Construction of the new middle school in Redmond Ridge, as of January 2018The New Middle School in Redmond Ridge project is also underway. Some exterior and interior structural walls have started being built. Steel construction of framework is complete. The last steel beam was placed at the site on December 28. Watch the topping out video:.

Last steel beam placed

Posted January 3, 2018
On December 28, 2017, LWSD staff and construction crews celebrated the placement of the last steel beam for the new middle school at Redmond Ridge. The new school will open in fall 2019.

Drilling for geothermal heating

Posted December 8, 2017
Construction continues at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge. On November 16, 2017, Jed Reynolds, Utility Resource Conservation Manager with LWSD Support Services, was live on the LWSD Facebook page, giving an overview of the geothermal/ground-source heating system being drilled at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge. A total of 166 holes will be drilled to a depth of 300 feet - about the height of the Statue of Liberty. Water comes out of the ground at about 50 degrees and heat pumps extract the heat to condition the air in the school. The cold water exits the building and goes back to the ground where it warms back up to 50 degrees. It will take about 85 days for workers to finish the wells.

The New Middle School in Redmond Ridge is scheduled to open in Fall 2019.

Structural steel installation

Structural steel installation at the new middle school in Redmond RidgeStructural steel installation began at the New Middle School in Redmond Ridge on October 16, 2017. Digging of geothermal wells begins in November. Harnessing geothermal energy (aka “ground source”), is a sustainable way to condition the air inside the building by exchanging heat within the ground. This reduces energy consumption and therefore lowers utility costs. Installation of the underground fiber optic cables started last week.

Rock crushing at the new middle school at Redmond Ridge

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

Work begins soon on the New Middle School at Redmond Ridge.

On March 29, 2017, community members attended a “Good Neighbor” open house at Rosa Parks Elementary School. 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.

Parents and community members view drawings set up on easels of the new schoolA similar community meeting was held on September 26, 2016 at Rosa Parks Elementary to get additional input during 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.