Education Project & Program Management

Seattle Public Schools


Seattle, WA
Program Management and Construction Management

2020 Learning by Design, Grand Prize, High School Renovation/Adaptive Reuse/Restoration, Entire School/Campus Building | 2020 Engineering News Record, Northwest’s Regional, K-12 Category, Best Projects | 2020 Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Pacific Northwest Chapter, Project Achievement Award | 2018 Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Pacific Northwest Region, Pinnacle Project of Distinction, Hazel Wolf STEM K-8 School | 2017 Learning by Design, Grand Prize, Arbor Heights Elementary School | 2017 Learning by Design, Grand Prize, Hazel Wolf STEM K-8 School | 2017 Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), James D. MacConnell Award Finalist, Hazel Wolf STEM K-8 School | 2017 Association for Learning Environments (A4LE), Polished Apple, Hazel Wolf STEM K-8 School | 2016 Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, Building of the Year, Hazel Wolf K-8 School | 2016 World Architecture News, Future Projects Education Award, Hazel Wolf K-8 School.

Seattle Public Schools initiated its Building Excellence Program (BEX) in 1995 to replace or upgrade school facilities that had outlived their useful lives. Many of the schools were built in the early 1900s to 1920s and had not been renovated or upgraded for decades, while some other facilities were simply too small to support the local student population. Since 1993, our team has had an ongoing relationship with the district, consistently working with Seattle Public Schools for four consecutive bond programs. 

Throughout this long partnership, CBRE Heery, Inc. and the district have evolved together through various project types, delivery methods, bidding climates, a dynamic community culture, public scrutiny, and even an earthquake. The programs have utilized GC/CM, co-located campuses, accelerated schedules and occupied sites, and their success is supported by the continual bond approval by Seattle voters and numerous project awards.

The team has the ability to add staff to problem projects and to add or shift personnel on those rare occasions when an individual leaves. On a program lasting five or more years (this is essential) and the CBRE Heery, Inc. team has always stepped up. In addition, they continue to improve using a "lessons learned" approach from one project to the next.
Ron EnglishRetired Deputy General Counsel for the District