As Earth Day approaches, Rose Hill Elementary staff, alumni and community members took a moment to honor a former teacher, who was also a strong advocate for protecting our environment. Cass Avery was a teacher at Rose Hill Elementary for over 10 years.
Peter Kirk Elementary School
This project will rebuild and enlarge Peter Kirk Elementary School. The new school will have the capacity to serve 690 students. This is 190 more than the current building could serve with reduced class sizes. 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. With passage of the bond, the district expects to receive $3 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.
Peter Kirk Elementary School is made up of seven separate buildings connected by covered outdoor walkways. It has multiple access points, rather than one controlled access point for entry. Some classrooms have little access to natural light. There is no cafeteria. Students get their food from stations set up in a covered walkway area and bring food back to the classroom to eat. The building has issues with heating/ventilation, lighting, exterior walls, windows, ceiling and door systems. The current school building lacks spaces that are comparable to other recently built elementary schools. The school is currently overcrowded and uses spaces not designed as classrooms due to this overcrowding. Additional classrooms are needed to house enrollment in the area and due to expected class size reduction.
Location: 1312 6th Street, Kirkland
Site: 12.6 acres, including nearly three acres recently acquired by the district
Current Enrollment: 528
Permanent Building Capacity: 414 at current class sizes. 360 students with state-funded class size reduction
Building Condition: The current school building is rated as “Poor” using the State Building Condition Assessment data. This score is based on an annual building evaluation of multiple building systems and sub-systems. The evaluation was conducted by a third party vendor.
Portables in use: 3
Portables age/condition: 20 to 29 years old, rated in “Fair” condition based on the annual building evaluation.
To learn more about the needs of the current Peter Kirk Elementary School, watch this video.