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Arbor Heights Elementary School is on the way to being replaced with a new school. The $42 million project is expected to take more than 2 years to complete with an opening expected in the Fall of 2016.

Arbor Heights Elementary School takes another step toward replacement

The process of rebuilding Arbor Heights Elementary School took another step this week as the Land Use Permit allowing demolition of the existing structure is now set for review by the Seattle Department of Planning and Development. Seattle Public Schools estimates a construction start date this July. It is expected to open in the Fall of 2016. Still pending are the Building Permit, Demolition Permit and Grading Permit.

Arbor Heights was built in 1949 with additions in 1950, 1953 and 1958. Since then it has fallen into a state of poor repair with many major systems and structural challenges. The capacity of the existing school is 353 students, and it will be replaced with a new 500-600 seat elementary on the same site under the BEX IV levy with a budget of $42.6 million. It is located at 3701 S.W. 104th

The school buildings will be replaced with a new school that supports best learning practices for elementary schools. Additional permanent capacity of 500–650 students will support projected enrollment growth in West Seattle. After abating and demolishing the existing structures, new buildings consisting of core facilities and teaching areas will be built and site work completed.

The new school will include:

  • Administration offices
  • Cafeteria
  • Gymnasium
  • Teachers’ lounge
  • Health clinic
  • Daycare
  • Library
  • Classrooms
  • Teacher workroom/break areas
  • Science and computer labs

Construction and site work includes:

  • New building
  • Finished interior and exterior spaces
  • Furniture, fixtures and equipment
  • Complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems
  • Fire alarm, sprinkler and communications systems
  • Access roads and sidewalks
  • Parking areas
  • Landscaping
  • Playfields and playground equipment
  • Schedule Overview

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