Sirens and flashing lights filled the Eastlake High School parking lot the morning of May 31. It was only a drill. Juniors and seniors quietly watched a sobering demonstration of what can happen because of drunk driving or distracted driving.
Juanita High School
Photo credit: Tim Rice Photography
This project would rebuild and enlarge Juanita High School, built in 1971. The new school would serve over 500 more students than the current building. This project 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 would remain as it is.
Contractor: Cornerstone Contractors
Square Footage: 217,000 s.f.
Capacity: 1,800 students (increase of 504)
Projected enrollment: 1,800 students (in 2024)
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: 2020 (updated)
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.
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.
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.
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