Juanita High School
Households around the district received the Building On Success Progress Report in mailboxes this month. It included an overview and progress updates on construction projects funded by the 2016 bond and the 2019 capital projects levy. If you missed it in the mail, be sure to view it online to learn more about:
“Being in a new building has allowed for some new opportunities,” Principal Kelly Clapp told LWSD School Board members on December 9. The new classrooms are meant to be flexible to accommodate the changing needs of the school. “Our shared learning spaces … allow for flexible groupings and a differentiated learning experience,” she said. Watch the video.
The year 2019 was one to remember: We celebrated the grand openings of Timberline Middle School and the newly rebuilt Peter Kirk and Margaret Mead elementary schools. Progress continued on the remaining 2016 bond projects: Juanita High School and Old Redmond Schoolhouse. Construction also began on the addition at Lake Washington High School, funded by the Capital Projects Levy passed by voters in April 2019.
Thank you to the communities of Lake Washington School District. With your ongoing support, we are providing students with great places to learn!
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Student volunteers answered questions for community members who attended an Open House at Juanita High School on Saturday, October 26. See more photos from the event.
The last steel beam was placed on September 25 during a "topping out" ceremony.
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:
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
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.
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