I'll preface that Hamilton is a bit of an anomaly for middle schools. It has a fairly small footprint and even a renovation didn't add that much more capacity. It always seemed to be apparent that there would not be much breathing room in the building.
From the HCC blog:
As indicated there the principal Tipton Blish was still looking for ways to deal with next year. Events have moved forward and the following update was in the most recent HIMS newsletter.
Update on Hamilton Capacity Planning for 2016-2017
As previously discussed in our newsletter, Hamilton will be pushing to upwards of 1,200 kids this fall. Although it’s not much consolation in the near-term, the numbers will decrease the following year with the opening of Robert Eagle Staff Middle School.
To handle the overload, Seattle Public Schools is looking at two options:
- Putting portables on the outside playtop.
- Adding a Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) to one of the North Seattle middle schools, like Whitman, as a precursor to the opening of Eagle Staff. Seattle Public Schools has stated that this option is unlikely given the expense of setting up an HCC cohort
Update for Hamilton Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) Students
For the 2017-18 school year, Seattle Public Schools has indicated that HCC students who live in the Robert Eagle Staff and Whitman service areas will move to Robert Eagle Staff when it opens in the fall of 2017. Grandfathering for students may be possible subject to space availability at the middle schools they are attending, however, there will probably be no room at Hamilton.
City Permitting Status:http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/permitstatus/Project.aspx?id=6147629
This does seem to confirm the final occupancy inspection never was finished. Following up with the city I've been told.Well, look at that. Another citizen-reporter asks an interesting question - where's the final occupancy inspection - and turns up something.
I still have a followup question to see if there are any other fire safety related limits. Interestingly I seem to have triggered an inquiry in the planning department. The inspector said he would be contacting the district and would email back any more info.
- The record shows a gymnasium with an allowable occupant load of 1149, a commons/dining hall of 957 and a fitness center or 56. These are the only areas which carry a limit.
Also, somehow I missed the appointment of Tipton Blish to HIMS - that is quite a wonderful name. Sounds like a great name for a character in a movie or tv show.