Highline High School
With passage of the 2016 bond, we will rebuild Highline High School. The new building will open in fall 2021. We are involving the school community of Highline High School in planning and design of their new school through the HHS Design Review Committee, community meetings and feedback opportunities. Planning workshops with staff help the architects support the educational specifications in the design. We will continue to alert you to opportunities to provide community input and respond to the design work.
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Coming soon! Check out photos of our progress from planning and community meetings to demolition and construction. Work on site will start at the end of the 2018-19 school year. The new school will open fall 2021.
HHS will be hosted at the Olympic Interim School for two years during construction of the new school, starting in fall 2019.
Planning & Design | February 2017 - February 2019
Bid & Award | February - July 2019
Construction | July 2019 - July 2021
Occupancy | July - August 2021
School Starts | Fall 2021
Bassetti Architects shared the following design images at a community meeting in May 2018. A larger pdf file of all the images is available below.
Please call 206-631-3002 to request to see the HHS display boards in person or for accessibility assistance.
Highline High School is over 90 years old and was identified as a top priority for capital improvements. The building has outdated, failing mechanical systems. Because it was built in and for an earlier era, it is not up to current fire or earthquake codes. The electrical infrastructure cannot support the technology we expect in today’s schools.
Highline has undergone several additions and partial renovations, which have extended its use well beyond its expected lifespan. The latest renovation, 25 years ago, remodeled classrooms in the main building but did not address major systems such as heating and plumbing. An independent building evaluation conducted in 2013 found plumbing in poor condition, mechanical systems failing, leaks in sprinkler systems and failing cornice joints, among other issues.
We recognize that the Highline High School building holds a special significance in the community. We have selected Bassetti Architects to design Highline High School. Bassetti has successfully rebuilt a number of historic schools, including Roosevelt High School, Franklin High School, and Stadium High School.
Here you can view before and after photos of school projects done by Bassetti Architecture.
Here is a progress report on projects big and small voters approved in the November 2016 bond.
Project Update | Highline High School
The development of the design for Highline High School is 100% complete. Bassetti Architects will start creating the construction documents after the process of reconciling costs is finished. The project remains on schedule to open in fall 2021.
The new Highline High School (HHS) will reopen fall 2021 with its grand main entrance reconstructed using the original brick and terra cotta. Community members learned about this and more at the May 17 Ask-the-Architect meeting.
Project Update | Highline High School
Collaboration and value engineering efforts to decrease construction costs will continue during the design development phase. The construction start date was moved to June 2019, to coincide with the move of HHS to the Olympic Interim School. The project remains on schedule to open in fall 2021.
Curious to see more of what the new Highline High School (HHS) is going to look like? Bassetti Architects is halfway through design. Come to a community meeting on May 17 to learn more about the design.
Highline High School (HHS) students will move into the Olympic Interim School one year later than planned, with no change to the scheduled opening of the new HHS. Students will spend only two years, rather than three, at the interim site.