EC Hughes Elementary work expected to start in May; what’s happening there now


After a question about work under way now at currently vacant EC Hughes Elementary (7740 34th SW) – likely to be the new home of Roxhill Elementary starting in fall 2018 – we followed up today with Seattle Public Schools.

As we reported back in October, the district planned to take the ~$14 million Hughes renovation project to bid early this year, and district capital-project manager Paul Wight tells WSB today that’s still the plan: “The Capital Department is preparing the documents for bidding. We will advertise this project on February 7th, open bids on March 8th, award the contract in April and start construction in May.”

Our photo above, taken this morning, shows some signs of work there now. Wight says it’s “critical maintenance” that must be done before the renovation work:

The Seattle Public Schools Facility Department has cleaned up the front landscape, removing some unhealthy vegetation and trimming up heathy trees and plants. They are also repairing the historic wood windows from the interior of the building. Our Masons are working on the brick repairing mortar by tuck pointing the brick as well as installing seismic ties around the egress points of the building. The brick will be cleaned, resealed, and anti-graffiti coating installed.

The city Department of Construction and Inspections, Wight adds, is reviewing the permit drawings and is expected to issue the permit “within the next month or two.”

One more thing: The public is welcome to the district’s next meeting with the Roxhill Elementary PTSA, which Wight says is set for 6 pm February 13th at Roxhill EC Hughes. (Our report on the district’s briefing with the PTSA last fall is here.)

4 Replies to "EC Hughes Elementary work expected to start in May; what's happening there now"

  • Sam-c January 13, 2017 (9:52 pm)

    So I think I’ve asked on every WSB story about e c Hughes(and haven’t heard anything). And i’ve asked  YMCA  ; what about the YMCA preschool on-site there?  Is it staying there? They didn’t include space for it in the new building.  It’s a good program. Where is it going to be?

    • WSB January 13, 2017 (10:11 pm)

      I don’t know and that wouldn’t be something the district would be penciling in at this point. I’ve been talking with the district, not its partners/tenants like the Y, Neighborcare, etc. So you asked the YMCA and they didn’t respond?

      • Sam-c January 14, 2017 (5:33 am)

        I have asked at the preschool but they were not aware of changes, impacts to the program.  They in turn asked WS ymca for info but they haven’t gotten response from people in charge at ymca (at least last I heard late last week).   Maybe it will take an inquiry from WSB to have an answer?  😀  Maybe I’m wrong but some of the plans posted here on WSB showed a building where the current YMCA portables are.  

      • WSMom January 14, 2017 (1:40 pm)

        I asked a lady who worked for the Y preschool at EC Hughes about the school opening back up and she didn’t even know anything about it.  She told me she was one of the people in charge too!  She said nobody has told her anything about Roxhill going to EC Hughes.  This was about a month ago.

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