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  Vashon Island High School ReplacementVashon Island High School Replacement


Heery International, Inc.
999 3rd Avenue, #3200, Seattle, WA 98104

General Description

Location: Vashon Island, Washington
Date Bid: May 2011 Construction Period: May 2012 to May 2014
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: 35.9

Project Team

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 spring.

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 between buildings.

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 recycled.

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."

Product Information
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 Tile, Johnsonite
Acoustical: CertainTeed Ceilings Fabric Covered Interior Finishes: Whisper Walls

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