Student Success Capital Bond Future Focused Bellevue School District February 11, 2020

BELLEVUE SCHOOL DISTRICT CAPITAL BOND

Student Success, Future Focused

Thanks to voters approving the 2020 Capital Project Bond, BSD is building for our future

Since 2002, the Bellevue Community has supported our students and schools by rebuilding and remodeling our school facilities to ensure that Bellevue maintains the high-quality schools our community expects. Voters approved a capital bond in the Feb. 11, 2020 election to address needs in the areas of aging schools, improving safety, and adding classroom space.

When Bellevue voters approve a capital bond, BSD can sell bonds for funding up front for major construction projects, and the bonds are paid back over time.  This local investment is critical because the state does not provide enough funding for construction or major renovations of schools.

The 2020 Bond Projects Include

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Provide students high-quality learning spaces by replacing aging school buildings and adding classrooms and student support spaces:

  • Build additions for and renovate Newport and Interlake High Schools.
    • Timeline: Newport High School Addition – Design for the addition has been ongoing since March 2020 with the NHS staff, District facilities staff and the architectural design team. This project will be out for public bid in February/March of 2022 with construction scheduled to begin in June 2022. The project will provide a new gym/athletic space, new CTE labs, add music rooms, drama spaces, robotics lab, general purpose classrooms and additional food service areas and significantly expand the commons space. This will be a three-year, multi-phase project and occupied during the construction period.
    • Timeline: Interlake High School Addition/Renovation – This is a two-phase project. The first phase is to expand the Interlake kitchen and support services area as the old kitchen was inadequate. Phase one work is scheduled to be completed in August 2021.  Phase 2 design work schedule is yet to be determined
  • Replace Big Picture School, International School and Jing Mei Elementary.
    • Timeline: Schedules in process.

Newport High School architectural rendering

Newport High School
Architectural Rendering

Interlake High School phase 1 kitchen modernization

Interlake High School
Phase 1 – Kitchen Modernization / Addition

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Increase safety and security for students and schools.

  • Add security vestibules to eight schools that currently do not have them, requiring visitors to enter the office to check in before gaining access to the rest of the building. The set of doors between the vestibule and the school will remain locked and only open out.
  • Timeline as of May 2021: The facilities team designed, bid and constructed safety vestibules at Chinook Middle School, Bellevue High School, Medina, Woodridge, Somerset and Spiritridge elementary schools. Design work is underway for the Sherwood Forest security vestibule.

Security Vestibules

Chinook Middle School Main Entry Vestibule

Chinook Middle School


Bellevue High School Main Entry Vestibule

Bellevue High School


Medina Elementary Main Entry Vestibule

Medina Elementary


Woodridge Elementary Main Entry Vestibule

Woodridge Elementary


Somerset Elementary Main Entry Vestibule

Somerset Elementary


Spiritridge Elementary Main Entry Vestibule

Spiritridge Elementary


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Add safety posts in front of 19 school entrances that do not have them.

  • One of the most important areas of a school to protect is the entrance. Fitting the entrance and exit points with fixed bollards protects them from potential vehicle impact, protecting students, staff and families inside and around the doorway.
  • Timeline: Newer schools are being built with these bollards. Work on placing bollards will be completed as school schedules allow due to disruption of the on-site traffic circulation.
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Replace the aging education service centers.

  • This project is an investment in modern facilities to allow central office staff and administrators to better support students, teachers, and the community. The project will reduce the costs of maintaining aging buildings and increases building efficiency.
  • Timeline: Schedule to be determined

2014 Capital Projects Bond

Bellevue School District voters approved a bond in 2014 for capital projects, including rebuilding five schools plus adding a new school, Wilburton Elementary. Visit our Capital Construction page for more information.

Five projects are completed, and work is underway on the sixth:

  • Puesta del Sol Elementary – demolition of the old building at the former Bellewood Elementary School site and building is underway, to be completed by August 2020.
  • Highland Middle School – completed
  • Clyde Hill Elementary – completed
  • Wilburton Elementary improvements – completed
  • Tillicum Middle School – completed
  • Stevenson Elementary School – completed

Capital Bond Project Spotlight: Puesta del Sol is being built from the ground up at the site of the former Bellewood Elementary School.  This newest school is design to be one of the only Net-Zero Energy public schools in the country, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site. The building is currently under construction with foundations and walls be formed and poured.  Puesta is schedule to open for students in August 2022.

Rendering of the future school:

Puesta del Sol architectural rendering
The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.