Mary Lyon Elementary School Replacement

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Mary Lyon hits construction milestone

Driving through the neighborhood, you can’t help but notice the daily progress on the new Mary Lyon Elementary. It’s about 20% complete. Construction crews have completed structural steel installation, marking a major milestone. Work on concrete floor slabs, exterior wall framing and mechanical systems in the building is underway.

Starting Monday, March 5, crews will bring power and telecommunications to the site, requiring the block of A Street between East 45th and East 46th streets to close to through traffic for a few days. Residents of that block can access their block as needed. 

Sky view
What a view! You’ll feel like you’re flying when you watch this drone footage of the new Mary Lyon.

And check out this aerial shot of the school. If you’re trying to orient yourself, note that E. 46th Street runs east/west across the top of the photo. A Street runs north/south down the right side of the photo, where the school’s main entrance will be. The school’s playground will sit in the middle of the site.

Virtual, real building experiences at STEAM fair

Mary Lyon architect DOWA-IBI, contractor Pease & Sons and the Associated General Contractors group provided virtual and hands-on building experiences – and a ton of fun – at Mary Lyon’s March 1 STEAM fair. (See links to the virtual reality experiences below.)

Students and their families lined up to try on virtual reality goggles to get a look at each of the school’s three floors and then took some time to build their construction skills by practicing drilling and measuring.



Mary Lyon library, from virtual reality to reality

Mary Lyon architect, the DOWA-IBI Group, recently gave school staff the chance to take a look at the inside of their new three-story library using virtual reality goggles.

The peek inside allowed the staff to experience the details of the design, like finishes, furniture and equipment. The goal is to perfect the space for every student, teacher and community member, creating something that is both well-used and beloved.

For a "virtually real" glimpse of the new school, click on the links below.
Computer viewing: Use your mouse to click and drag in either direction to get a 360-degree view of the spaces (to ensure performance, clear your web browser’s cache before clicking on the link or try a different browser).
Phone or tablet viewing: Move your device up and down and turn around to get the full view.

Library 1st floor entrance -

Library 1st floor tidal pool -

Library 2nd floor nest -

Library 2nd floor near elevator -

Library 3rd floor floating view -

Entryway art update

Local artist Jennifer Weddermann continues her work on designing and fabricating a public art piece for the new school’s entryway. A model of the art was displayed in the McKinley lobby during parent-teacher conference week. Much like the school, the art piece will be influenced by Puget Sound, with an emphasis on water, land and sky imagery.

About the project

​Project overview

Lyon Elementary School currently has a capacity of 450 students that includes preschool through fifth grade. The existing facility was originally constructed in 1925 with 41,017 square feet on just under 3 acres. Several additions were made between 1948 and 2003.

The new replacement project will:

  • Construct a new building expected to sustain a lifespan of 50 years.
  •  Provide approximately 56,000 square feet of innovative learning spaces for students.
  • Allow students to attend school in a different location during construction.

The project’s design phase began in fall 2015 and went through spring 2017. Construction began in July 2017. Students attend school in the old McKinley Elementary while their new schools is being built.

Square footage: 56,625
Student capacity: 450
Projected budget: $29 million
Design: August 2015 - April 2017
Construction: July 2017 - October 2018
Percent complete: 20%
Opening: Fall/ winter of the 2018-19 school year
Architect: DOWA-IBI Group
Contractor: Pease & Sons

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