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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.


  • 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: April 2022-August 2026
    • Phase 3 in progress
    • School moves into western 70% of new building: August 2025
    • Phase 4 begins August 2025
    • Project complete 2026

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.

Recent Progress

Progress updates are posted for the previous month.

Major Activity in October 2022

  • Continued installing geothermal wells and utility trenching
  • Continued work on existing building on gym exterior
  • Continued rough grading activities
  • Began installing aggregate piers

Major Activity Planned for November 2022

  • Continue geothermal wells and utility trenching
  • Complete work on existing building
  • Begin geo pier and mat slab installation

Progress Photos

a drawing of a site plan that includes a building and playfields
Site plan for replacement project
aeriel photo of a large building with playfields surrounded by houses
Aerial view of the existing school prior to construction start
a two story building with a lift across from a portable
Phase 2 – Installing the electrical connection to the classroom portable – Summer 2022
a portable classroom
Phase 2 – Installing a double classroom portable for use during construction – Summer 2022
a small building inf ront of construction debris and light poles
Phase 2 – Demolition of the grandstands – Summer 2022
two workers and a ladder in a room with metal studs for walls
Phase 2 – Progress on temporary locker rooms – 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
a large concrete building has weather proofing material on it
Applied weather proofing to exterior facade of existing gym – Sept. 2022
trucks in a dirt field with light poles
Drilling geothermal wells on the existing baseball field – Oct. 2022
trucks with tall things attached in a dirt field
Beginning installation of rammed aggregate piers – Oct. 2022

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 Firm: Bassetti Architects/Moody Nolan Architects

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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