State Senator Manka Dhingra stopped by Ella Baker Elementary on October 12 to promote the need for everyone to participate in a democracy and to tell students what motivated her to run for office.
Juanita High School
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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. While this will open up more parking on other parts of campus, the school continues to encourage students and staff to ride the bus, walk and carpool when possible.
The lot will be in the southwest corner of the school’s property behind the baseball field and is expected to be complete in early June. This, and other aspects of the school’s construction, were approved by the Kirkland City Council on May 15.
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