New Middle School at 118th
On September 6, 2016, the new middle school building in the Timberland development opened its doors to students. The building was designed by Mahlum Architects and built by Skanska USA.
The building will serve as a "swing school" for Vose Elementary School (2016/2017), followed by Hazeldale (2017/2018), William Walker (2018/2019) and the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA) (2019/2020 and 2020/2021), while those schools are torn down and rebuilt.
The school cost $61 million dollars to build and includes key features such as being deemed an essential Risk Category IV facility as outlined in the BSD Resilience Plan. The school contains seismic bracing designed to withstand earthquakes as well as a generator with extra fuel capacity, allowing the facility to serve as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of a natural disaster.
The District worked with designers to make the building a learning tool: for example, a steel x-brace was left exposed to allow students to see how the building was built to withstand an earthquake. In addition, hundreds of solar panels were installed on the roof, generating more than 129,000 kWh per year. An interactive solar kiosk, courtesy of the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, uses a secure iPad to display solar data through a graphic panel. Also located on the roof is an innovative weather monitoring station allowing students to monitor wind speed and direction.
Funding: 2014 Bond
Schedule: 05/2015 - 08/2016
Opened September 2016 as the District's 8th middle school
Will serve as a "swing school" until 2022 as the District completes four tear down/rebuilds of existing schools
Architect: Mahlum Architects; General Contractor: Skanska USA
166,000 square foot building with 1,100-student capacity
LED fixtures throughout
Reinforced Category IV structure allows immediate occupancy after a seismic event
Building as a learning tool features include: exposed seismic brace, interactive solar kiosk, weather monitoring station, and water quality management areas
Solar panels generate 126 kWh per year