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    May 30, 2019:  Architect Chosen!

    Our architect to build the new school is NAC Architecture. You can check out their website here. They are very interested in making sure we put equity at the forefront of our new building. The Northgate Elementary team was very impressed with them at the interview. They should be in contact with us soon.

    Right now, Northgate Elementary is being reviewed to see if it is a landmark. If the Seattle Landmark Committee determines it to be a landmark, the existing structure could not be demolished and would impede the space available for parking and playgrounds.  We need parent and community support to let the Landmark Committee know that the old school is not adding to the benefit of our city or children.  Stay tuned when that meeting will be, sometime in August, September or October 2019.

    March, 2019:

    Northgate Elementary is one of the 8 major BEX V construction projects. The anticipated finish date will be for the 2023-24 school year. The new school would be a 650 seat school. The current school is about a 300 seat school at full capacity. Funding for the levy will be collected over the next 6 years.

    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:

    1) 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.
    2) Many projects depend on the ability to move students at existing schools to interim sites. John Marshall is the interim site for north end schools, but maybe the new Northgate Elementary can be built on the empty field and we can stay in our school during construction. We don't know that for sure yet, but let's hope that is the case.
    3) 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.