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. 



    Peter Kirk Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    Video: Steel assembly complete at Peter Kirk Elementary

    Students at Peter Kirk Elementary School sang their school song to celebrate a construction milestone on Nov. 6. The students watched as the last steel beam was hoisted to the top of their new school.

    Construction workers, students and staff had a chance to sign the ceremonial beam during recess earlier in the day.

    On either side of the beam was an evergreen tree and an American flag. Placing a tree or branch when topping out a building is a longtime tradition. A similar tradition can be traced back to ancient Scandinavia. The Scandinavians placed a small tree or branch with the last beam to celebrate nature and the trees that were used in their buildings. Today, construction workers use the ceremony to celebrate a safe construction site.

    Concrete and steel almost complete at Peter Kirk Elementary

    Construction crews placed the last concrete floor on Oct. 24 at Peter Kirk Elementary School. A Facebook Live broadcast recorded the milestone event.

    Brian Buck, associate director of Support Services, and Kathryn Emtman, project executive from Lease Crutcher Lewis, hosted the video. Throughout the day, 28 trucks brought in 270 cubic yards of concrete. It took 23 people from Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping to drive, flag, pump, place, spread, consolidate, level screed and survey the concrete.

    Hidden inside concrete is a material that building users never see. Rebar is used to strengthen and reinforce concrete. Today’s rebar is made almost entirely from recycled items, such as old cars and appliances.

    Steel installation is also nearing completion. Work to enclose the building for winter will begin later this month with exterior metal stud framing. The two-story building will have 400 tons of steel.

    Peter Kirk Elementary September 2018 updates

    Collage: Concrete pour, aerial photo, groundwork.

    • Concrete floors started.
    • Borings for geothermal wells are complete.
    • Utility work is in progress.
    • A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
    Peter Kirk Elementary School August 2018 updates

    Geothermal, footings and vault photos.

    •    Borings for geothermal wells and connections are in progress.
    •    Concrete footings for structural walls are installed.
    •    Storm water vault concrete walls completed.

    June 2018 update: Utility work on 14th Place almost complete

    Sewer and water utility work at Kirk Elementary.

    •    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.


    Aerial Photos

    Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

    Drawings and Site Plans

    Project Information

    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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