One of the best things about SGS is that it has a lasting impact. I continue to
be a critical thinker and a leader. All of the values I learned at SGS I carry with me.
–Caitlin Gaylord, SGS Alum, Class of 2010
Rooted in the Central District
In early 2017, SGS was presented with a unique opportunity to purchase an acre of land within a mile of our current location. The Board of Directors moved quickly, carefully, and decisively to purchase the land, with the intention of building a new school in the next 3-4 years. With the generous philanthropic support of a small and committed group of early SGS donors, we were able to move forward with purchasing the land in December of 2017.
The new location is ideal for SGS, our mission and the community for many reasons:
Across from the Northwest African American Museum on Massachusetts Avenue
Directly across the street from Colman Playground - increasing proximity to public green space for more access to outdoor exploration and play.
Catty-corner from Jimi Hendrix Park
Within walking distance of the new light rail station planned for 2023 (Judkins Station)
With the purchase of an acre of land, SGS can now move forward to create a well designed, inspiring, dynamic, rich learning space and continue to make our mission possible. This new school will be the home to girls who will grow to be future women leaders in our community. While the new buildings themselves are not what make SGS special, the quality of the facilities will now match the quality of the outstanding teaching, innovation, creativity, and student-centered learning happening inside. The Rise Up Campaign will fund Phase 1 of the project.
In May of 2018, SGS contracted with Mahlum Architects, to begin work on preliminary design concepts for the new school. Mahlum is a highly respected architectural-design firm in the Pacific Northwest with expertise in sustainable designs for schools. As part of a thoughtful design process, SGS solicited feedback and ideas on the design in 3 ways.
CPM is SGS’s representative for the project. They have assisted the school in the purchase of the new property and are working with the architect / engineering team and general contractor on the design, permitting, and construction of the project. Brandy Fox has served in this role for many public and independent school projects in the Puget Sound Area.
Abbott Construction is the general contractor for the project and is providing preconstruction services to the team including cost estimating and constructability review. Our team at Abbott Construction built the new facilities at Bear Creek School and is currently providing preconstruction services for several independent schools in the area.
The time is now to rise up for girls’ education.
Join us for a student-led tour to see our mission in action. This one hour experience will show you what makes SGS special.
Interested in learning more about the Rise Up Campaign and future of SGS? We’d love to hear from you.
SGS is currently looking for volunteers to serve on the Campaign Cabinet. Interested in getting involved? Let’s connect.