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    Grand Prize for Lincoln High School Construction Project
    Posted on 04/17/2020
    New entrance to Lincoln High School

    Lincoln Project Awarded Grand Prize

    The renovated and modernized Lincoln High School opened in September 2019 and has now earned a grand prize in the 2020 Education Facilities Design Awards. The awards are presented by Learning by Design magazine, which focuses on educational facility design and construction projects. Bassetti Architects designed the project to reflect the district’s educational specifications and make the most of the historic buildings.


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    According to Learning by Design, “The new connection between the outdoor courtyard and the commons is very strong and innovative. This project is exemplary in illustrating how a renovated building can improve the student and staff experiences, but also how it can enhance the neighborhood and alumni relationships.”

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    One judge commented that the Lincoln project is “an excellent renovation that maintains the building’s character, blending old and new.”

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    Lincoln was built in 1907 and is Seattle’s oldest existing high school building. The school was closed in 1981 and then adapted for multiple other uses. A need for more high school capacity in north Seattle led the district to include modernization of Lincoln in the Building Excellence IV Capital Levy (BEX IV). BEX IV was approved by Seattle voters in 2013.

    “We are pleased to see our partners, Bassetti Architects, recognized for their innovative design work that allowed us to re-open Lincoln High School to serve 1,600 students,” said Richard Best, the district’s Director of Capital Projects and Planning. “Congratulations to Bassetti, our other partners on this project, and our internal team. I am proud of their work to bring this historic school alive for new generations of Seattle Public Schools students.”

    Learn more about the Lincoln project