The latest building design for the new school is an updated version of the preferred alternative, shown in CombinedPlans. It was presented to the SDAT last night, along with the caveat that the design had become outdated just in the past 24 hours prior to the meeting. Seattle Public Schools has decided that the school will definitely be built to accommodate 650 students, not the range of 500-650 previously discussed. (This was likely driven by the ever-climbing enrollment of Schmitz Park Elementary, which is now projected to have 600 students for Fall 2013.)
Along with this decision, the district provided an updated “Ed. Spec.” (Educational Specification) for 650-student schools which would require a much larger gym (to hold 2 classes simultaneously), a slightly larger library, and several additional “flex classrooms.” The design team and project manager will negotiate with the district on reducing the newly required gym size somewhat, because it would be enormous and take away from the limited outdoor play space.
One other change from the plans as shown is that the SDAT suggested that the locations of the Childcare Classrooms and the Administrative rooms be reversed.