Arbor Heights

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Address: 3701 SW 104 St, Seattle,


Built in 1949 with additions in 1950, 1953 and 1958, the existing Arbor Heights building is in poor repair with many major systems and structural challenges. The school buildings will be demolished and replaced with a new school that supports best learning practices for elementary schools.


$42.6 million

Project Description

The project builds a new elementary school at the site of the previously existing Arbor Heights Elementary School. K-5 students will participate in an Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) program.

The new school will be approximately 89,000 square feet and accommodate 660 students. It will house four small learning communities that include individual classrooms surrounding an open-shared learning area and an Idea Lab. The learning communities are designed to promote individual and group teaching and enable experiential hands-on and project-based learning.

The previously existing 56,000 square-foot Arbor Heights School was vacated following the 2013-2014 school year and demolished as part of the Phase I construction activities in the fall of 2014. Phase I site improvement activities also included the installation of storm utilities, mass excavation, and grading for the new building pads.

Construction Methods

The building will be constructed using concrete spread footings and stem walls, a structural steel frame and light gage metal stud walls for future flexibility, masonry veneer and fiber cement rain screen cladding, fiberglass windows and a built-up roofing system. Interior finishes include acoustical ceiling tile, painted gypsum wallboard, medium density fiberboard wainscot, built-in casework and carpet, resilient tile and ceramic tile flooring. Site development will include natural turf ball fields, hard and soft play areas with play equipment, landscaping and new curbs and sidewalks around portions of the site.

Sustainable Features

Energy efficiency will be achieved by using:

  • Simple building forms,
  • Optimum solar orientation,
  • Thermally efficient fiberglass frame windows and skylights,
  • Sunshades and light shelves, and
  • Enhanced wall and roof insulation.

Mechanical system energy efficiency strategies include using ceiling fans for the comfort of students and staff, a heat recovery system, and provisions for future ground source heat recovery and solar panels.

Electrical system energy efficiency strategies include LED-only lighting paired with daylight and occupancy sensors. Energy monitoring displays and the sustainable features of the building will be used to create awareness and learning opportunities for students.

Building Design: Bassetti Architects
Construction Management: Heery International

Schedule Overview

Design work start: Spring 2013

Phase I construction start: Summer 2014

Phase II construction start: Spring 2015

Planned school opening: Fall 2016

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