Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools initiated its Building Excellence Program (BEX) in 1995 to replace or upgrade school facilities that had outlived their useful lives. Many of the schools had been built in the early 1900s to 1920s and had not been renovated or upgraded for decades. Some other facilities were simply too small to support the local student population. Heery has worked consistently with Seattle Schools for four consecutive bond programs. Throughout this long partnership, we have evolved together through various project types, delivery methods, bidding climates, a dynamic community culture and public scrutiny, and even an earthquake! These programs have utilized GC/CM, co-located campuses, accelerated schedules and occupied sites. The success of these programs is supported by the continual bond approval by Seattle voters and numerous project awards.

Ron English (retired) Deputy General Counsel for the District described, “Heery has the ability to add staff to problem projects and to add or shift personnel on those rare occasions when an individual leaves. On a program lasting five or more years (this is essential) and Heery has always stepped up. In addition, Heery continues to improve; they use a ‘lessons learned’’ approach from one project to the next.”

Key project components:

  • Ongoing, long-term relationship with district since 1993
  • Successful renovation and restoration of numerous historic structures to create leading edge educational facilities in landmark buildings
  • Included daycare facilities in every elementary school and in some high schools
  • Included a geothermal heat pump system—supported by 176 wells, 300 feet deep, located under the sports field—at Madison Middle School to provide a renewable resource that heats and cools the school
  • Developed Management Information System specifically to meet the multi-project program
  • Assisted the District with GC/CM Pilot Program
  • Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School are co-located on a shared campus

Services

Program Management
Construction Management

Location

Seattle, WA

Size

30 projects & 50 projects Accelerated Technology Improvement Program

Awards

2016, World Architecture News, Future Projects Education Awards, Hazel Wolf K-8 School 2012, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) National Project Achievement Award - Nathan Hale High School 2012, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Pacific Northwest Chapter, Project Achievement Award - Nathan Hale High School 2011 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Pacific Northwest Chapter Project Achievement Award - Hamilton Middle School 2010, Northwest Construction, “Best K-12 Education” project of the year - Hamilton Middle School 2009, Building Design + Construction Magazine, Reconstruction Awards, Bronze Award - Garfield High School 2005, AIA Commendation for Design - Nathan Hale High School, a pilot GC/CM Project for the Office of Superintendent Of Public Institution (OSPI) 2004, School Planning & Management Magazine, Managing Excellence Awards Program, Grand Prize for Program Management 2002, CEFPI Award for Coe Elementary School