Cleveland High School modernization

Image courtesy Mahlum Architects
Improvements to Cleveland High School include a new gymnasium/commons/cafeteria building.

Project description:

The project included a 2-year preconstruction phase between the owner, owner’s representative, architect and gc/cm. The collaborative effort achieved the desired savings to the project’s budget, and construction began following the 2004-05 school year.

This project includes renovation of a designated historic landmark and construction of two new buildings.

The main building, built in 1927, is being reconfigured to create smaller learning environments and wider hallways, and it will be seismically upgraded. Historic renovation will include restoration of the theater and upgrades to the seating, acoustics and lighting. Other restoration will include cleaning and repairing the exterior terra cotta and brick.

A three-story classroom building and a gymnasium/commons/cafeteria building are also part of the project. The new structural steel buildings will have masonry block similar to the terra cotta of the main building.

The project will increase the school’s capacity from 783 students to 1,000 students.

Address: 5511 15th Ave. S., Seattle

Cost: $47 million (construction)

Type of contract: General contractor/ construction manager

Start of construction: June 2005

Expected completion date: August 2007

Contractor: Absher Construction Co., 1001 Shaw Road, Puyallup WA 98372, (253) 845-9544

Architect: Mahlum Architects,
71 Columbia St., Suite 400,
Seattle WA 98104-1412,
(206) 441-4151

Owner’s representative: Heery International

Owner: Seattle Public Schools

Project participants:

Addison Construction Supply — ARH & Associates — Cascade Masonry & Restoration — Donovan Excavating — GA Jorgensen — Glacier Northwest — Ironman Steel Erectors — Lakeridge Paving Co. — Metcalf-Grimm Mechanical — Milne Electric — SEI Northwest — Surveying Services — 3 Kings Environmental

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