Seattle Public Schools


Rainier Beach

Rainier Beach High School Replacement Project

construction phase graphic showing that the school is in the Construction phase
Learn about each project phase

The existing Rainier Beach High School will be replaced with a new high school building on the same site. The construction will be done in phases so the school can remain on campus during the project.

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  • Predesign phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents/permitting phase in progress
  • Bid and award phase complete
  • Phased construction: April 2022-December 2026
    • Phase 3 in progress
    • Estimated move into western 70% of new building: January 2025
    • Phase 4, construction of Performing Arts building expected completion June 2026
    • Phase 5, field installation expected completion December 2026.

Project Progress

Progress updates are posted for the previous month.

Major activity in January 2024

  • Continued to install roofs.
  • Continued light gauge metal stud framing of the interior and exterior walls.
  • Continued installing gypsum wallboard.
  • Continued mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), and sprinkler rough-in work.

Major activity planned for February 2024

  • Continue exterior metal stud framing, sheathing, and waterproofing on the classroom building.
  • Continue fireproofing work.
  • Continue interior light gauge metal stud framing, insulation, and wallboard installation.
  • Continue roofing work on the main classroom building and gymnasium.
  • Continue MEP and sprinkler rough-in.

Live Webcams and Project Progress Photos

View the webcams to see the project live.

This slide show shows the project as it proceeds.

a small building inf ront of construction debris and light poles
Phase 2 – Demolition of the grandstands – Summer 2022
a large room with risers has construction debris in the center
Phase 2 – Demolition to create a temporary locker room for use during construction – Summer 2022
construction equipment in front of a building
Phase 2 – Selected demolition of existing buildings – Summer 2022
a truck with a tall drill attached and people working
Phase 1 – Installing geothermal wells for heating and cooling – Summer 2022
a drilling rig stands above a field of dirt covered in straw. trucks are in the photo
Drilling geothermal wells at the existing baseball field – Sept. 2022
a person stands in a trench with a ladder in the trench nearby
Connecting geothermal wells located beneath the future practice field
trucks with tall things attached in a dirt field
Beginning installation of rammed aggregate piers – Oct. 2022
a large frame work is being installed over an area with large rocks
Installing temporary construction tent – Dec. 2022
a tall drill machine with a person in a hard hat stands in a muddy field
Geothermal well installation continues – Dec. 2022
metal forms stand on edge in dirt under a giant tent with lights. construction workers are using equipment
Trenching and rough-in for deep underground utilities – Jan. 2023
yellow mesh covers some areas of a gavel covered ground next to canvas walls
Future location of east electrical room – Feb. 2023
a vast spread of a rebar cage with workers adding more
Rebar is prepared for the concrete slab foundation
concrete mixer trucks lined up on a drive way among mud puddles
42 cement trucks delivered about 415 cubic yards of concrete – April 5, 2023
two cement mixer trucks are backed into openings in a large white tent
Two trucks at a time into the tent – April 5, 2023
a worker in a safety vest and hardhat is smoothing concrete in a large flat area
Concrete must be leveled and smoothed after placement – April 5, 2023
under a large tent, white waterproofing material has a stack of electrical conduit placed in a guie frame with rebar beneath it
Waterproofing, rebar, and electrical conduit for inside of concrete slab foundation – March 2023
a grid of rebar inside concrete frames under a large tent
Preparation for concrete for mat slab 4A – April 2023
workers installing rebar in a pit under a big tent
Placing rebar and utility conduit on the waterproof membrane April 2023
a grid of rebar is at the bottom, a group of workers in hardhats and safety vests stands in the center, a concrete pump is in the back with a large tent structure over it all
Pouring additional foundation mat slabs – May 2023
rebar formed into tall grids sits in foreground on top of a white material. a large tent is in the background
Rebar installation for another mat slab for the foundation – May 2023
a crane is lifting a large frame piece from a structure of pipes
Disassembling the construction tent – May 2023
a steel frame is being built on top of a concrete floor. a crane is on the left side
Steel erection began on the east part of the new school – August 2023
a steel frame has a large delivery trailer in front of it with bent steel on it
Steel erection underway with steel stair sections being delivered – August 2023
steel framing for a building with a crane
Four floors of steel erected; new gym will attach to this structure – Sept. 2023
A building under construction with a few people
Placing concrete slabs on metal decking – Sept. 2023
A group of men in orange vests and helmets working on a construction site
Starting roof on Skills Center building – Sept. 2023
a four story steel frame for a large building with construction cranes, lifts, and other machines
South side of new 4-story classroom building which will overlook the football field – Oct. 2023
metal framing in progress on a large steel framed building
Exterior metal framing on Skill Center part of classroom building – Oct. 2023
a concrete truck is pumping concrete to the third floor of a steel framed four-story building under construction
Placing concrete on the 3rd floor metal deck – Oct. 2023
a large flat surface has a crane in the background, workers spread around, and a lot of orange construction standards
Work underway on the roof – Oct. 2023
A building is wrapped in white material with a hole for a door.
Skills center building wrapped in weatherproofing to allow exterior work to continue – Nov. 2023
inside a large building under construction with no walls yet
Installing light gauge metal stud framing and hollow metal door frames – Nov. 2023
two workers in construction safety equipment are on a lift holding green sheets of material against studs
Beginning placement of water resistant wall board – Nov. 2023
a four-story steel frame rises above the soil at a construction site
Classroom building steel structure and metal decks complete – Dec. 2023
a four story frame of building has part of it wrapped in white material at a muddy construction site
Exterior metal stud framing on the north side of the classroom building – Dec. 2023
two workers on a lift are moving green wallboard into place on steel frames on an indoor construction site
Gypsum wallboard installation – Dec. 2023
a concrete floor with steel framing and a view out the side showing it is up high
Fourth floor concrete slab on metal deck complete – Dec. 2023

Community Involvement

School Design Advisory Team (SDAT)

Early in the design process, representatives from the school community come together to form a school’s SDAT. SDATs typically include school and district staff, parents, students, and community members. The project construction managers also take part. Due to the timing of the Rainier Beach SDAT, meetings were held virtually. Read more and review the meeting minutes.

A virtual community update about the Rainier Beach High School project was held on June 16.

Project Designs

Architects renderings of the new school

drawing of a large three story building with a walkway leading to it between trees
New main entry
drawing of a track and field in front on of a large building
Track and field
a drawing of a site plan that includes a building and playfields
Site plan for replacement project
drawing of dining commons with lunch tables
1st floor dining commons
large common area with dining tables and stairs; a room with glass windows looking out toward below says LIBRARY
Library and dining commons
drawing of common area with windows looking out from the floor above
Dining commons looking toward gym
drawing of a gym with bleachers and orange and blue accents
drawing of a library with bookshelves and seating
Library located on 2nd floor
drawing of an open space with seating and a wall mural
3rd floor east commons
drawing of a walkway with railings that look down to the floor below
4th floor commons looking down
drawing of a small group area with a room next to it that has blue walls
4th floor small group area
drawing of an interior hallway
Theater lobby

About the Project

Rainier Beach High School will be replaced with a new four-story high school of approximately 297,000 square feet. When completed, it will provide permanent space for 1,600 students grades 9-12. Students will remain on-site during the phased construction. A regional Skills Center is being incorporated into the project as well as a district data center. The project is being built with aspirations of a LEED Platinum certification.

Design Firms: Bassetti Architects/Moody Nolan

Project Management Firm: Parametrix

General Contractor: Lydig Construction

Project Budget: $238.2M

Funding Source: Funded by the Building Excellence V Capital Levy (BEX V), approved by Seattle voters in 2019 and the Buildings, Technology, and Academics/Athletics V Capital Levy (BTA V), approved by Seattle voters in 2022.

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Parametrix Manager: Paul Popovich,, 253-208-7831

Rainier Beach High School
8815 Seward Park Ave. S
Seattle, WA 98118

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