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    • Pre-design phase complete
    • Schematic design phase in progress
    • Design development phase begins Fall 2020
    • Construction documents/permitting phase begins Winter 2021
    • Bid and award phase begins Winter 2022
    • Construction begins Summer 2022
    • School opens Fall 2025

    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. The project also includes renovation of the existing Performing Arts Center. 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.

    As with all schools that were built 25 years ago or more, the district has submitted a landmark nomination for Rainier Beach High School to the City of Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. By self-nominating the buildings, the district avoids having someone else nominate the project, which can delay progress.

    You can find the nomination documents on the City of Seattle's website.

    Learn more about Seattle Public Schools landmarked schools.

    Interim Construction Project Management: Parametrix

    Parametrix Construction Manager: Paul Popovich,, 206.208.7831

    Design Firm: Bassetti Architects

    Funding Source

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

    Current Project Phase: Schematic Design

    • School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) continues to meet and develops school or “site specific” educational specifications that conform to the district’s educational vision while recognizing the unique culture of the school and community.
    • Architects consult with district on project objectives, and then prepare schematic design studies in response.

    Project Updates

    Updates are posted for the previous month the week after the monthly BEX and BTA Capital Levies Oversight Committee meetings. These meetings typically take place on the first Friday of each month.

    August 2020

    • School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) virtual meeting held Aug. 28.
    • Site survey and initial geo-technical work complete.
    • Regulated material study underway.

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

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

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