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November 10, 2016

Honor award: K-12
Auburn High School modernization and reconstruction

Photo by NW Architectural Photography
Brick masonry was selected for its warmth and durability.

Location: Auburn

Mason contractor: Fairweather Masonry

Architect: NAC Architecture

Owner: Auburn School District

General contractor: Lydig Construction

Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials, Basalite Concrete Products

Auburn High School, built in the 1950s, was ready for a modernization. The project included demolition of old buildings, the modernization of the Performing Arts Center and auto shop, and the construction of a new main campus building that houses Auburn’s 3,000-plus students.

All the buildings are now under one roof designed to maximize energy efficiency.

The new school has a timeless three-brick-blend veneer that creates a connection to the original historic high school. The building systems include a liquid membrane air barrier screen and thermal displacement ventilation.

The brick masonry and CMU design was chosen to highlight the warmth of traditional brick while reflecting the modern urban design, and provide much-needed durability. Locally manufactured precast bands in beige tones provide strong, naturally colored contrasts.

The completed project will provide the Auburn community with an attractive, energy-efficient, cost-effective and technologically advanced building that will help prepare its students for the 21st century.

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