I'm not an architect so someone who know building design or construction, help me out.
The West Seattle Blog has a report about the "preferred schematic" for the future Genesee Hill school where Schmitz Park will be moving. The good:
The design principles were described as including “really fit(ting)
into the challenging site” where Genesee Hill Elementary now sits, and
being “timeless” as well as serving as a “community resource … not just a
place of learning … to be a community center, to allow for community
access onto the site, to use as a park, if you will,” plus “to be
sustainable … good steward of taxpayer dollars and good steward of our
On the second floor, the library would be located in a way that would
take advantage of the Mount Rainier and territorial views from that
location.” Donelson said that the preferred scheme, even with some
two-story buildings, would still allow nearby neighbors to maintain
I look at this drawing and think "That looks like two very irregularly shaped buildings plus two "bridge" to join them. And there's an instrumental music area (fine) and a dance studio (what?).
Now what I heard from the BEX Oversight Committee - months ago - is a move towards a more generic elementary building. Find three reasonable blueprints and the community can ask for one.
Because SPS has overdesigned and overbuilt now for years. It costs a LOT of money for these irregular buildings. Most people who have been in bad buildings will be grateful for shiny, new, safe and healthy.
I hope this is going back to the drawing board because I find it hard to believe this is a $38M building and if it is, couldn't it be simplified down to $30M? There is so much need to go around.