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    What's next for BEX V Construction Projects?
    Posted on 02/15/2019
    Northgate Elementary, one of the 8 major BEX V construction projects

    What's next for BEX V Construction Projects?

    Thanks to Seattle voters, the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy was approved with more than 72.5 percent yes votes. This means that the projects included in the BEX V Capital Levy will begin moving ahead.

    Major Projects

    This levy provides funding for the replacement of Rainier Beach High School, Mercer International Middle School, Alki Elementary, Kimball Elementary, Northgate Elementary, Rogers Elementary, and Viewlands Elementary. It also funds a major addition to and modernization of Montlake Elementary that recognizes its landmarked parts while bringing it up to 21st century educational standards.

    An eight-classroom addition and minor modernization will be constructed at West Seattle Elementary, and design work will begin for the replacement of Sacajawea Elementary and modernization of Aki Kurose Middle School. In addition, a 30-classroom addition and new gymnasium will be constructed at Original Van Asselt to add space and prepare the building for use as an interim site.


    Capital Projects and Planning staff are working to finalize project schedules for each school, in consultation with the Seattle School Board. This will be the topic of a Board Work Session on Wednesday, March 6, which will be held at Garfield High School. The meeting agenda will be posted on the Board Materials web page. For the most up-to-date information on Board discussions about BEX V, please visit the board calendar.

    Each project schedule will include identifying timelines for design, building permits and other regulatory requirements, moving to interim sites as needed, and construction activities.

    Project scheduling is developed based on a number of factors:

    • Funding for the BEX V capital levy will be collected over a period of six years. Projects will need to be sequenced over the six-year period and cannot be all constructed at one time.
    • Many projects depend on the ability to move students at existing schools to interim sites. We will be using Schmitz Park as the interim site for projects in West Seattle, John Marshall as the interim site for north end schools, and Original Van Asselt for the interim site for southeast schools.
    • It is important to allow adequate time for the planning and design process. Larger schools are anticipated to take longer to plan, design and secure building permits.The first step for each project will be the selection of the project architect and engineering team.

    We anticipate beginning design work for some schools by September 2019.