For the fifth year in a row, the College Board named Lake Washington School District (LWSD) to its Annual AP District Honor Roll. LWSD is one of only 373 public school districts in the United States and Canada and one of four in Washington state to be honored. Lake Washington is one of two districts in the state to be a multi-year recipient of the AP Honor Roll Award.

At its December 3 meeting, Lake Washington School District’s (LWSD) Board of Directors passed Resolution No. 2259 to place a Capital Projects Levy on the April 23, 2019 ballot. This measure, if passed, authorizes a six-year levy totaling $120 million or an average of $20 million per year for six years. 



    Juanita High School

    We are here: Phase 6, Construction

    Project Updates

    Juanita High School students tour campus for geometry class

    Students looking at blueprint on screen

    What shape is this?” asked Josh Goldman, a project manager from Cornerstone Construction who is part of the construction team on the new Juanita High School (JHS).

    Students looking at building under constructionMost of the students in the JHS geometry class knew the answer to the trick question. The three sides of metal forming a right angle is called a square (not a triangle). Goldman passed the square around and told students it is one of the oldest tools in carpentry. It is still widely used to make 90-degree cuts and internal angles.

    The class was studying parallel and perpendicular lines. They were learning to find the distance from a point to a line. In their classroom, they identified geometric principles on a blueprint of the new theater such as dilation (the rows of seats), translation, rotation, reflection, perimeter, area and volume. After the lesson, the entire class walked to the back of the school, where they had a good view of plenty of parallel and perpendicular lines – the steel beams that had not yet been enclosed.

    About 73 percent of the new Juanita High School will open in fall 2019. The rest of the school will open in fall 2020.

    Video: First phase of Juanita High School nearly enclosed for winter

    Students at Juanita High School are starting to see what their new school will look like. Steel construction for the first phase of the school is complete and the building will be fully enclosed by the end of November. The exterior brick veneer will be complete by the end of December.

    Phase one of the new school (73 percent of the building) will open in September 2019. It will include the administrative wing, science classrooms, special education classrooms, general classrooms, the library and cafeteria/commons area. The Performing Arts Center will open in early 2020.

    The final phase of the new school (the remaining 27 percent) will open in fall 2020.

    Drywall installation has begun and painters are preparing interior walls for painting.

    Juanita High School September 2018 updates

    Collage: Exterior brick veneer, steel installed, masonry at theater complete.

    • Juanita High School students returned to campus for their first day of school on September 4. Students will attend classes in what remains of their old building, as well as in 15 double-classroom portables. The first phase of the new school building will open in one year. 
    • Roof installation is complete.
    • Masonry at the theater is complete.
    • Exterior work – including brick veneer and window installation – has begun.
    • Sheetrock installation has begun.
    • A regional operating engineers union strike has been resolved.
    Juanita High School August 2018 updates

    Steel, concrete vault and theater construction.

    • Steel assembly is complete in parts of the school.
    • The concrete lid of the storm water vault was placed in July.
    • The theater is in progress.
    • The ADA walkway to the stadium is in progress.
    • Building demolition has concluded for the summer.
    Columns of steel rise at Juanita High School

    Steel columns going up at JHS

    Steel has arrived. June 18 marked a milestone for construction at Juanita High School, as crews began to assemble the first steel beams. Part of the assembly was recorded live on Facebook. Watch the broadcast.

    The first phase of the new building will open in fall 2019. The rest of the school will open in fall 2020. Juanita High School is one of eight projects approved by voters in the 2016 bond.

    June 2018: Concrete foundation, portable installation, temporary parking lot

    New concrete and a new parking lot at JHS

    • Concrete pours for the school’s foundation began on May 23.
    • Five double wide portables were installed, which will house 10 classrooms. A portable was also installed for a teacher-planning space. Ten classrooms will be demolished over the summer. The first phase of the new building will open in fall 2019. The rest of the school will open in fall 2020.
    • A temporary staff parking lot opened on June 4 in the southwest corner of campus. There is now sufficient parking for students, staff and visitors during the school day. A second temporary parking lot will open for construction workers before school begins in September.
    • Demolition will begin in July on the north wing of the old building.

    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