Genesee Hill Site

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Genesee Hill Main Entrance 2
Address: 5013 SW Dakota St, Seattle, WA, 98116


Replace the closed Genesee Hill building, built in 1948, with a newly constructed elementary school to house the present Schmitz Park school community.


$38.9 million


Demolish the existing building Genesee Hill building, which was closed in 2010. The new school will be approximately 91,000 square feet and accommodate up to 660 students from the nearby Schmitz Park Elementary. Shared learning space will be found between classrooms and other space will be used for special education, art, science, music, and childcare.

Once the project is complete and the current Schmitz Park community located at their new school, the district plans to repurpose Schmitz Park Elementary to address current and projected elementary school enrollment in West Seattle.

Sustainability Features

Energy efficiency will be achieved through daylighting, lighting controls and mechanical systems.

Construction Methods

The new building will have steel framing with some masonry walls, masonry veneer and metal cladding. The sloped site will have a shoring wall and both auger-cast and pin piles.

Architect: BLRB Architects

Construction management firm: Heery International, Inc.

Contractor: Spee West Construction, Inc.

Schedule Overview

Construction began: Fall 2014

Construction complete: Spring 2016

Planned school opening: Fall 2016

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