District Administration December2017 - 22
SENSE OF PLACE
Bellevue School District in Washington
transformed its one-story Sammamish
High School into a three-story educational facility. It's the last phase of the
district's initiative to rebuild all four of
its high schools.
The 323,000-square-foot building
currently serves 1,060 students, with
room for 1,800.
CHALLENGE: Bellevue originally
performed minor renovations for all four
high schools, but still needed to improve
instructional spaces to support new technology. The district rebuilt the first three
schools but kept existing gyms, locker
rooms and other spaces to minimize
costs. This limited overall design and
functionality, so the school board voted
to rebuild all spaces at Sammamish (except its performing arts center).
"Sammamish was going to be our
largest high school project to accommodate future growth," says Jack McLeod,
director of facilities and operations at
SOLUTION: During the four-year
construction process, students and staff
remained in the original building while
the new facility was constructed in the
The library now features 250,000
square feet of stone wool acoustic ceiling systems, which shields noise generated in the new fabrication studios. Big
windows enhance natural light, reducing energy and cooling costs.
Sammamish now has a three-story
common area and art and science studios, as well as a glass arts facility. A
concession booth and a new two-story
athletic building have been integrated
with existing sports fields.
"The design team did an excellent
job of developing a phasing plan, which
was communicated widely and often,"
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Sammamish High School
Bellevue School District
Sammamish High School was
the final phase of the district's
plan to renovate all four of its
high schools. As a result of the
makeover, students now enjoy a
three-story common area (right),
which features abundant natural
light and space to congregate.
COST: $88 million
COMPLETION DATE: July 2017
PROJECT TEAM: General contractor:
Spee West Construction Company (Edmonds, Wash.); architect and interior
design: Integrus Architecture (Seattle);
acousticians: Sparling, a Stantec com-
pany (Lynnwood, Wash.); installing
contractor: Forrest Sound Products
(Redmond, Wash.); distributor: Valhalla Construction Products (Silverdale, Wash.)