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Long-Range Facilities Plan development underway

The Mercer Island School District (MISD) recently engaged Mahlum Architects to develop a Long-Range Facilities Plan (LRFP). The LRFP will serve as a long-term planning guide for potential future MISD facility and grounds design, construction and maintenance work. It should be noted that the cost for this LRFP process will be covered by the dedicated capital projects fund (via the 2016 Six-Year Capital & Technology Levy) and will not impact the yearly operational costs of MISD. 

A broad-based Facilities Planning Committee of community and school leaders will be meeting for the next several months to develop recommendations for the Long-Range Facilites Plan.

Long-Range Facilities Master Planning committee information and meeting videos

In February 2014, Mercer Island voters passed a $98.8 million school construction bond focused on addressing capacity issues at the elementary, middle and high school grade levels.  This work was completed on-time and on-budget. 

MISD facilities include:

Lakeridge, Island Park and West Mercer Elementary schools, built in 1953, 1956 and 1964, respectively, each received extensive overbuilds and renovations in 1995.  Northwood Elementary was constructed in 2015-16. 

Islander Middle School, originally constructed in 1958, received an overbuild and minor improvements in 1993, along with a small addition to the 300 building in 1999.  In 2015-16, approximately half of the educational space was replaced with a new building that includes the Commons, gyms, music wing, library, 12 classrooms, and administration office.

Mercer Island High School, originally constructed in 1955, received extensive overbuilds, renovations, some demolition and additions in 1996-97.  A new music addition was completed in 2012, and three small additions were added in 2014, to each of the classroom wings.  The 2014 additions provided four STEM and six general purpose classrooms.

No significant improvements have been made to the Crest Learning Center, built in 1997, or the administration building, built in 1965.  MISD also owns property on the south end of the island between Lakeridge Elementary and Islander Middle School, including the community ball fields. Additionally, MISD owns the Mary Wayte Pool, the PEAK, and other properties in the high school mega-block.

MISD anticipates completion of the LRFP in 12 to 18 months. In developing the LRFP, Mahlum’s work will include:

  • analysis of educational adequacy, including educational specifications and MISD education delivery models;
  • building systems evaluation;
  • facility needs analysis;
  • facilitation of meetings with the Board, students, staff and the public;
  • community outreach and public process;
  • gathering and analysis of board, staff and community input;
  • review of enrollment and population projections; and
  • generate and provide MISD with a final LRFP Report.

For more information on the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan process, contact

Owners Representative Brandy Fox.