After months of watching the new building take shape, students walked through the doors of the new Sehome High School on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.
The construction of the new school was approved by voters in a facilities bond in 2013. The project broke ground in March 2017 and was opened to students at the end of January 2019, seven months ahead of schedule. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the community was held on Friday, Feb. 1.
This school replaces the original 1967 building. Some highlights of the construction includes sustainable features such as state of the art LED light fixtures, 30 percent total potable water use reduction versus baseline code requirements and a roof designed to accommodate solar panels. Inside the offices and throughout the school live edge countertops were installed from harvested timber that was onsite. At least 5,500 square feet of the original Sehome gym wood floor was re-purposed as new stair treads, landings, benches and wall panels.
Capital projects manager, Curtis Lawyer, worked closely on the Sehome rebuild from start to finish and said this was a meaningful project for him.
“As a Sehome alumnus myself this has been a project with great personal connection,” said Lawyer. “I’ve been amazed how many contractors and workers have a story about their connection to this school from their grandparents attending here, to being alumni themselves, to their own children attending. It’s been amazing how many times people have told me how much they love being a part of this project.”
Since students and staff have moved into the new school, the original school will be torn down and finishes including parking lots and fields will be completed. You can view the progress via our work zone web cameras.