Island High School Replacement|
Heery International, Inc.
999 3rd Avenue, #3200, Seattle, WA 98104
Vashon Island, Washington
Date Bid: May 2011 Construction Period: May 2012 to May
Total Square Feet: 78,683 Site: 13 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 28 classrooms, seating 825, auditorium
252. Building Sizes: First floor, 53,780; second floor, 24,903;
total 78,683 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 14’;
second floor, 10’; total, 38’. Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Rain screen. Roof:
Metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood, corrugated steel pan.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall. KBTU/SF/yr:
Architect & Structural Engineer: Integrus Architecture - 117
South Main Street, #100, Seattle, WA 98104
Owner Representative: Goforth Gill Architects - P.O. Box 650,
Vashon Island, WA 98070
General Contractor: Skanska USA Building, Inc. - 221 Yale Avenue
North, #400, Seattle, WA 98109
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering - 801 2nd
Avenue, #200, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost Estimator: The Robinson Company, Inc. - 101 Stewart Street,
#925, Seattle, WA 98101
On the drawing boards for most of a decade, students, teachers and
administrators finally moved into the new Vashon Island High School this
Originally built in the 1930s, the school had grown over the decades to
include half a dozen buildings, each having had multiple renovations. In
time, curriculums had changed, teaching methods had changed and
technology had become an integral part of classroom learning.
The challenge was to create a modern school facility to serve as a vital
hub for the community; a school in alignment with high-performance
educational programs, that also responds in a meaningful way to the
island's unique culture. The school would be a focal point for Vashon, a
37 square mile island in Washington State's Puget Sound, serving not
only as a school but also as the major civic building and gathering
place for the community of 10,000 year-round residents.
The result was a new main school building with classrooms, science
laboratories, a library, cafeteria, a state-of-the-art theater and
rehearsal spaces, along with targeted renovations of the existing
gymnasium. Once the work was done, three older classroom
buildings were razed.
The main building is built around a central two-story courtyard that is
flooded with light from abundant windows and several overhead
garage-like doors that open to the outside, while classrooms and other
spaces can adapt to a variety of student and teacher needs. The new
cafeteria is large enough to accommodate the entire student body of 500
students at one time, something that was not possible in the old
buildings. For the first time, students would be able to attend all of
their classes - except physical education - without having to walk
The school also has a number of green features and exceeds design
standards for energy use prescribed by the Washington State Sustainable
Schools Protocol. Designers took advantage of the island's considerable
rainfall, for instance, capturing it in cisterns so that it can be used
to flush toilets throughout the school. From the school's septic system,
it will eventually return to the aquifer. HVAC is provided by a
sophisticated displacement air system using two ultra-efficient
air-to-water heat pumps. Interior and exterior lighting is digitally
controlled and programmed to dim automatically when supplemented by
sufficient natural lighting.
Over 90 percent of the construction waste and demolition debris was
Handrails, wainscoting, and other design elements relied heavily on
locally harvested Douglas fir, alder, and maple, milled on the island by
a local group of forest stewards, strengthening the connection between
the school and the community.
Recently, the $35 million project was selected as one of four finalists
for the Council of Educational Facility Planners International's
prestigious James D. MacConnell Award, which recognizes an outstanding
comprehensive planning process for an educational facility.
In the citation, the jury comments noted, "Vashon Island High School is
a stellar project, demonstrating that the process really dug deep into
how the spaces would be used by everyone for both learning and
socialization. It is clear that the diverse stakeholder engagement
brought forth positive community changes in understanding the
connections between education and environment."
Building Envelope: James Hardie, Dow Corning, Tremco, Dupont
Tyvek Commercial Wrap, Pratt & Lambert
Roofing: AEP Span, Sarnafil Entrances & Storefronts:
Curries, OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®
Architectural Glass: Guardian SunGuard
Flooring: Altro Suprema II Safety Flooring, Interface Carpet
Acoustical: CertainTeed Ceilings Fabric Covered Interior
Finishes: Whisper Walls