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.
Peter Kirk Elementary School
- Concrete floors started.
- Borings for geothermal wells are complete.
- Utility work is in progress.
- A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
• Borings for geothermal wells and connections are in progress.
• Concrete footings for structural walls are installed.
• Storm water vault concrete walls completed.
• Water and sewer utility work on 14th Place is expected to be complete by the end of the month.
• Construction crews are preparing the site for the first concrete pour later this month. The concrete will form the school’s storm water vault.
Students at Peter Kirk Elementary School got a ball bonanza after blackberry bushes were removed in preparation for construction on their new school. Crews returned dozens of playground balls that had been lost in the bushes so students could again play with them during recess. Construction workers are clearing and grading the property for utility installation. The new school will have space for 690 students.
"We are Peter Kirk!” Students sang enthusiastically during the ceremonial groundbreaking for Peter Kirk Elementary School on March 30. The new building will house 690 students and is expected to open in September 2019.
Principal Monica Garcia said input from community, staff and students is helping guide the construction project. She said the new building will match how students and staff already feel about the school. Former Kirk Principal Rick Burden also attended in his role as Director School Support for Lake Washington Learning Community.
Representatives from the district and community came to celebrate the milestone with students:
• Dr. Traci Pierce, Superintendent
• State Rep. Roger Goodman
• Jay Arnold, Kirkland Deputy Mayor
• Toby Nixon, Kirkland City Councilmember
• Jon Pascal, Kirkland City Councilmember
• Siri Bliesner, School Board President
• Cassandra Sage, School Board Member
• Dr. Jon Holmen, Deputy Superintendent
• Barbara Posthumus, Associate Superintendent
Kirk 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 Peter Kirk Elementary School. The Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommended this project.
Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
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 in 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 2005. The district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
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