Juanita High School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Aerial views of construction at Juanita High School

    Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography

    Project Information

    Frequently Asked Questions

    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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    Drawings and site plans

    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. If the bond passes, the district expects to receive $15 million in State Construction Funding Assistance for this project.

    Current Building

    Juanita High School consists of an academic building and a separate building that houses a large athletic Field House and the district’s only swimming pool. The current building is overcrowded, housing 1,432 students in a permanent building designed for 1,296. The current building lacks bathrooms. It has issues with heating and ventilation, lighting, electrical, energy usage and data infrastructure. Classrooms are small or oddly shaped. Many classrooms do not have access to natural light, which is a requirement when building new classrooms. Research shows that student learning improves in classrooms with proper day lighting and in healthy learning environments.

    Opened: 1971
    Location:10601 N.E. 132nd Street, Kirkland
    Site: 42.7 acres
    Current Enrollment: 1,432 students (October 2015)
    Permanent Building Capacity: 1,296 students
    Building condition/Current Situation: The current school building is rated “Fair” using the State Building Condition Assessment data. This score is based on an annual building evaluation of building systems. The evaluation was conducted by a third party vendor.
    Portables in use: 8

    Portable age/condition: 24-28 years, rated in “Poor” to “Fair” condition based on the annual Building Condition Assessment data.

    To learn more about the needs of the current Juanita High School, watch the video above.

    Project Updates

    Work on a temporary staff parking lot at Juanita High School began May 18. The additional parking will help ease a parking shortage at the school during construction.

    May 2018 updates at Juanita High School

    May updates at Juanita High School include concrete building footings and preparations to demolish the north wing and theater during summer break.

    April 2018 update

    Construction at JHS begins in April. The theater will be demolished as well as a number of classrooms.

    December 2017 JHS update

    The rebuild of Juanita High School is in the permitting phase. Construction will start on the new school this spring.

    October 2017 update

    Early site work during the summer of 2017 sets the stage for new construction to start in the spring of 2018.

    Community Input

    As part of the Concept Design phase, a community meeting was held at Juanita High School on September 28.

    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