Updated: April 20, 2017 Olympic Hills Planning & Construction Updates
Updated: April 20, 2017 Olympic Hills Current Design
Updated: February 10, 2017
Address: 13018 20th Avenue NE
Olympic Hills was opened in 1954, shortly after the area was annexed by the City of Seattle. The school will be replaced with new elementary on same site.
The existing 34,000-square-foot building and associated portable classrooms will be demolished to make way for a new school with capacity for 660 students. The project will address current and projected elementary enrollment growth in northeast Seattle, and reduce overcrowding at elementary schools in the area.
The new school will consist of a two-story, approximately 90,000-square-foot building with classrooms, a library, a student commons/dining area, a gymnasium, art and music facilities, computer labs, and administrative and support areas. Two classrooms for Head Start and/or childcare, with an adjacent dedicated play area, are being provided in the northernmost wing of the school, which will replace some of the existing portables. Similar to the existing school, the new school will include a covered play area as well as a hard surface play area. The existing athletic field in the northeast corner of the site will be rebuilt to accommodate two youth soccer fields and will continue to allow community access.
School-bus drop-off and pickup would continue to occur along the school frontage on the west side of the site. A new dedicated parent-vehicle drop-off and pickup zone will be located onsite at the south end of the property to provide better separation of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and new enlarged parking areas will accommodate significantly more than the small existing lot. As part of the project, the City of Seattle is requiring that the undeveloped portion of the street north of the school property be constructed.
At the close of the 2014-15 school year, the students and staff from the existing school were relocated to the renovated Cedar Park Elementary until their new school opens.
The new building will have masonry veneer and fiber cement board exterior walls, aluminum framed window walls and membrane roofing on structures supported by wood framing.
Energy efficiency will be achieved through optimum daylighting, thermally efficient windows, LED lighting fixtures and a low-maintenance ground-source heating system.
Architect: McGranahan Architects, Inc.
Construction Management Firm: Shiels Obletz Johnsen (SOJ), Inc.
Contractor: Cornerstone General Contractors, Inc
Design work start: Fall 2013
Construction start: Summer 2015
School open: Fall 2017