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Geothermal construction begins at Olympic View Elementary

June 3rd, 2012 by Mike

Expect the playground at Olympic View Elementary School to look a little different this summer.

Starting Monday, construction crews will build two noise walls there to shield neighbors from what’s coming next.

That would be 83 holes, each 350 feet deep, to place ground source heat pump tubes under the playground.

According to the Seattle School District:

The drilling process will result in some noise, but in an audio range that is physically safe for our ears and well within the City of Seattle noise ordinance guidelines. We will make every effort to reduce the noise during the project.

The plan calls for drilling to begin on June 25, and potentially run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays until mid-August.

The playground is to be restored in time for school next September. The heat pump equipment inside the school is to be installed during summer 2013.

For more information call or email Steve Cole, project manager, 425-503-3393 or slcole(at)

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Olympic View gets a heat pump construction project this summer – and a new principal, too

May 27th, 2012 by Mike

Neighbors are invited to a meeting Wednesday night to learn about construction that will take place at Olympic View Elementary School this summer.

The school is one of three in Seattle getting a ground-source heat pump system, funded by levy money.

This system takes advantage of the moderate temperatures in the ground to boost efficiency and reduce operating costs of heating and cooling systems. This will also be a learning opportunity for students.

The public meeting is at the school, 504 N.E. 95th St., on Wednesday May 30 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Construction will be outdoors this summer and move indoors in summer 2013.

In addition, Seattle Schools earlier this month announced that Sandra Powell will become the school’s new principal on July 1.

Powell, most recently assistant principal at Nathan Hale High School, comes to Olympic View with 27 years of experience as an educator. She began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in New York City and a teacher mentor for the United Federation of Teachers/ Teacher Centers. She moved to Baltimore and served as the lead teacher at Moravia Park Pre K-8 Campus School.

Ms. Powell has also worked as the International Studies Coordinator/Director of Social Studies at Community School District 13 in Brooklyn, New York; English foreign language teacher at Suzhou Middle School, Suzhou, Peoples Republic of China; and a social studies lead teacher/global studies teacher at Benjamin Banneker High School in New York. Ms. Powell was a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey.

She holds a Master of Science in Education, School Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She has a Washington State Administrative Certification.

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