Juanita High School

We are here: Phase 6, Construction


Project Updates

You are invited...

Students and teachers are settling in at four new schools this fall. Celebrate with us and see the schools for yourself at these upcoming Open House events:

entrance, theater, music classroom
  • Teachers have moved out of the old building. Demolition began in mid-July.
  • Classrooms are receiving furniture.
  • Theater seating is installed.
  • Classroom technology installation has begun.
JHS staircase progression

One of the first things visitors to the new Juanita High School will notice is the staircase leading from the commons on the ground floor to the library on the second floor. In summer 2018, about 15,000 linear feet of wooden beams were salvaged from the old school to be incorporated into the staircase.

Aerial Photos

Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

Drawings and site plans

Project Information

This project will rebuild and enlarge Juanita High School, built in 1971. It was included on the Long-Term Facilities Task Force recommendations to remodel and enlarge aging schools. The Task Force also recommended, based on community feedback, that the current Field House by retained. The fieldhouse and pool building will remain as it is.

Architect: Integrus Architecture

Contractor: Cornerstone Contractors
Square Footage: 217,000 s.f.
Capacity: 1,800 students (increase of 504)
Spaces: 36 standard classrooms plus science labs, art, CTE, special education, instrumental and vocal music, library, theater, cafeteria (total of 71 teaching spaces)
Estimated Project Cost: $145,477,000 (Includes construction costs of $82.5 million in 2016 dollars, $39.5 million in non-construction costs, and $23.5 million in expected construction cost inflation between now and the building’s completion)
Planned opening: September 2020 (one year early)

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Remodel vs Rebuild decision
The district completed a Remodel vs Rebuild Study to determine whether to remodel the existing school building or rebuild a new school. The study was informed by a two-day workshop that leveraged the expertise of four contractor firms, architects, a commercial developer and cost estimators all experienced in school construction.

Based on this work, the academic building would be replaced rather than remodeled. The analysis shows the cost to remodel the building, including the upgrades to meet current codes and educational spaces comparable to other recent projects, would cost 1.8% less than to construct an entirely new academic building. This figure includes the cost of temporarily housing students during construction.

The analysis also showed that renovation of the existing building would result in a less efficient school given the current story and a half volume. The space would be less efficient to heat. It cannot be easily converted to two stories to gain needed additional classrooms space.

The study also showed that while remodeling would result in inadequate parking considering the addition needed to accommodate more students. When the cost to replace parking is included, the cost to remodel and expand the current building would be 3.8% more than the cost to rebuild a new school.

State construction assistance
Due to its age, the school became eligible for state funds for renovation or replacement in 2001. State funds are also anticipated due to lack of classroom space at the high school level in the district overall. The district expects to receive $15 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.

Juanita High School Goals and Visions:

  • Create an inviting environment where students and community members feel welcome and safe
  • Design socialization areas for students and staff to gather for cultivating community
  • Demonstrate school culture and pride throughout that is shared with the community
  • Provide a variety of functional, practical and adaptable spaces that have the capacity and configuration to take advantage of the evolution of education
  • Design activated environments that inspire professions, students and community members and cultivate learning
  • Design easily understood building & site organization that is easily navigable
  • Create spaces that encourage student clubs, sports, rehearsals and the activity to happen as part of daily life
  • Provide a healthy environment with fresh air and abundant daylight, visually connected to the exterior