New Aberdeen High School

Image by Northwest Architectural Co.
The new Aberdeen High School will be a single building, instead of the nine buildings that make up the existing campus.

Project description:

In January 2002, the landmark 1909 J.M. Weatherwax Building was burned down by an arsonist. The building made up a large portion of Aberdeen High School’s campus, housing 20 classrooms, the library and counselor offices.

Without the Weatherwax building, 1,000 Aberdeen High School students are now crowded into the remaining classrooms and three portables that were added to make up for the lost space.

Besides the lack of space, there are other problems at the high school: the remaining buildings do not meet modern standards for heating, lighting, ventilation, ADA accessibility and restroom availability; they don’t meet fire and earthquake safety standards; the electrical systems can’t support modern technology and science needs; and there are too few parking spaces.

Another problem is public streets bisect the campus’ nine buildings, requiring students to walk across several roads to get from one class to another.

Construction of the new school is taking place adjacent to the existing campus. New construction will consolidate the school into a single two-story structure, leaving the Huntley Building and Sam Benn Gym as the only remnants of the former campus. The new campus will have larger facilities, updated electrical systems, a larger parking lot and a consolidated design so that students will no longer need to walk across public roads.

Address: 414 N. I St., Aberdeen

Cost: $40.38 million (award amount)

Type of contract: Hard bid

Start of construction: September 2005

Expected completion date: Summer 2007

Contractor: Rognlins, 321 W. State,
Aberdeen, WA 98520,
(360) 532-5220

Architect: Northwest Architectural Co.,
2201 Sixth Ave., Suite 1405,
Seattle, WA 98121,
(206) 441-4522

Owner’s consulting architect: Harbor Architects, 504 S. F St.,
Aberdeen, WA 98520,
(360) 532-0980

Owner’s representative: Heery International

Owner: Aberdeen School District No. 5

Project participants:

Advanced Fireproofing and Insulation Co. — AESU — Architectural Building Specialties — Berglund Schmidt & Associates — Caliber Concrete Construction — Campbell Electric — Chas H. Beresford Co. — CPD Estimating — Division 7 Finishes — DL Hendrickson Co. — Drapery Boutique & Floor Covering — Engineered Products — Engineering Economics — F. Rodgers Insulation — General Mechanical — Gifford Industries — Hargis Engineers — Hillstrom Inc. — Integrated Door Systems — Jenco Building Services — John Lupo Construction — KD & S — Kell Chuck — Keystone Masonry — Kone Elevators Escalators — Kulchin Foundation Drilling Co.— Lakeside Industries— Mertl Landscaping— Modern Tile — NAC Engineering — Nor-Pac Seating — Overhead Door NW Peninsula — PBS Environmental — Performance Contracting — Putnam Collins Scott Associates — Quality Fence Builders — R.W. Rhine — Rainier Steel — Rubenstein’s Contract Carpet — Security Door Fabricators — Sitts & Hill Engineers — Spectrum Specialty Builders — Spokane Restaurant Equipment — SSA Acoustics — Stafford Design Group — Stagecraft Industries — Stripe Rite — Sunset Air — Todd Robinson Painting — Viking Automatic Sprinkler Co. — Ward Design Group — Western Entrance Tech — Wiesman Design Group — Zesbaugh Inc.

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