Peter Kirk Elementary School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    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.


    Early work begins on new Peter Kirk Elementary

    Equipment clearing and grading

    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.

    Kirkland community celebrates groundbreaking of Peter Kirk Elementary

    "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.

    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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