Loyal Heights

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Address: 2511 NW 80th Street, Seattle


The landmarked Loyal Heights Elementary building was 38,000 square feet and was built in 1932. It has been modernized and a 54,000-square-foot addition was built to increase capacity to 660 seats.


$37.3 million


The project provides much-needed classrooms surrounded by open shared-learning areas to provide flexibility in teaching and learning. The building also provides dedicated spaces for Special Education programs, music, art/science and childcare.

The new commons multi-purpose space is located adjacent to the new gymnasium. A partition wall between the spaces can be opened to create an enlarged space for school performances and other events on the new stage. The library has been relocated into the historic lunchroom taking advantage of the main floor location to improve accessibility for students and the community.

The playground continues to be located on the south portion of the site with an enlarged covered play area.

Construction Methods

The building addition was 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 included hard and soft play areas with play equipment, landscaping, and new curbs, street trees and sidewalks around portions of the site perimeter. The administrative offices have been relocated to overlook the new main entry on 25th Avenue NW.

Sustainability Features

An open courtyard in the heart of the building provides daylighting and natural ventilation to surrounding spaces.

Energy efficiency is enhanced by a geothermal heating system, displacement ventilation, LED lights with lighting controls and other passive systems to achieve a low energy use index goal.

Architect: BLRB Architects
Construction Management: Heery International, Inc.
General Contractor/Construction Manager: Skanska USA

Schedule Overview

Construction complete: Spring 2018
School opened: Fall 2018

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