Updated: September 15, 2017 Loyal Heights Planning & Construction Updates
Updated: September 15, 2017 Loyal Heights Current Design
Updated: February 14, 2017
Address: 2511 NW 80th Street, Seattle
The recently land marked Loyal Heights Elementary building is 38,000 square feet and was built in 1932. It will be modernized and a 54,000-square-foot addition will be built to increase capacity to 660 seats.
The project will provide much-needed classrooms surrounded by open-shared learning areas to provide flexibility in teaching and learning. The building will also provide spaces for Special Education programs, music, art/science and childcare.
The new Commons multi-purpose space will be located adjacent to the new gymnasium with a partition wall, which creates an enlarged space for school performances and other events on the new stage when opened. The library will be relocated into the historic lunchroom taking advantage of the main floor location to improve accessibility for students and the community.
The approximate one-acre playground will continue to be located on the south portion of the site but with an enlarged covered play area.
The building will be constructed using concrete spread footings and stem walls, structural steel and light gage metal stud walls for future adaptability, masonry veneer and metal paneling, aluminum storefront and curtain wall glazing, and a built-up roofing system. Interior finishes include painted gypsum wallboard, with carpet, resilient tile and ceramic tile flooring. Site development will include hard and soft play areas with play equipment, landscaping, and new curbs, street trees and sidewalks around portions of the site perimeter.
An open courtyard in the heart of the building will provide daylighting and natural ventilation to surround spaces improving the learning environment.
Energy efficiency will continue with a geothermal system, displacement ventilation, LED lights with lighting controls and other passive systems to achieve a low energy use index (EUI) goal.
Architect: BLRB Architects
Construction Management: Heery International, Inc.
General Contractor/Construction Manager: Skanska USA
Construction begins: Fall 2016
Construction complete: Spring 2018
Scheduled school opening: Fall 2018