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Rainier Beach High School Replacement Project

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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.


  • Pre-design phase complete
  • Schematic design phase complete
  • Design development phase complete
  • Construction documents/permitting phase in progress
  • Bid and award phase complete
  • Phased construction
    • Phase 1 in progress
    • Phase 2 begins summer 2022
    • Phase 3 begins fall 2022
    • Phase 4 begins summer 2024
  • Project complete Fall 2025

Community Information Meeting

NEW DATE! Virtual Community Update on Construction Project

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

Recent Progress

Progress updates are posted for the previous month.

Phase 1 construction has started!

Major Activity in May 2022

Phase 1 construction began. The Department of Neighborhoods Departures process is in progress. Permits have been submitted for the project, and the demolition permit was received. The 65% construction documents are in review. School rebranding and graphic design work continued.

Major Activity Planned for June 2022

Phase 2 construction activities begin once school lets out for summer.

About the Project

Rainier Beach High School will be replaced with a new multi-story high school of approximately 233,700 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. BEX V funding will also provide technology equipment and services, such as computers, peripherals, printers, and other technology for teaching and learning. 

Design Firm: Bassetti Architects/Moody Nolan Architects

Construction Management Firm: Parametrix

Contractor: Lydig Construction

Project Budget: $238.2M

Funding Source: Funded by the Building Excellence V (BEX V) Capital Levy, approved by Seattle voters in 2019.

School Design Advisory Team

Read about the the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) and review the meeting minutes.

Contact Us

Let’s Talk Comments and Questions Form

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

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

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