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July 23, 2020
Lincoln High School Modernization
Contractor: Vanderlip & Co.
Architect: Bassetti Architects
Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 528, CWallA, Drywall Distributors, SCAFCO Steel Stud Co., HILTI, USG Building Systems
Lincoln High School is a historical campus in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood that remained unoccupied for 16 years. With the need to accommodate population growth, the school district decided to restore it to a 21st-century learning facility while celebrating its 20th-century roots.
The school’s entrance was restored with a glass entryway to meet universal access and safety codes. The auditorium was transformed into a light-filled library and media center.
The suspended, acoustical ceiling, hiding ornamental plaster beams and original coffers, was removed, to expose and restore the historical building features. Learning spaces were organized into neighborhoods with classrooms, breakout spaces, labs, and teacher planning rooms. The new heart of the campus is a protected courtyard for socializing and learning.
Vanderlip & Co. integrated metal framing and modern drywall finishes into almost every wall and ceiling throughout the project. Extensive structural framing reinforced the 110-year-old brick structure. Spray foam provided additional thermal insulation, and newly applied fireproofing enhanced the life safety for the students and staff.
Extensive and detailed work was required to repair the long, veneer-plaster corridors, ornamental plaster stairwells, the majestic second floor, the multipurpose room, and the grand North Library with original ornamental plaster beams.
Judges’ comment: “A spectacular renovation of a landmark building. The merger of original artistry with modern design completed by a skilled team will shine for another century.”