New Middle School at 118th

New Middle School at Timberland

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.

Between 2016 to 2021 the building served as a "swing school" while three elementaries and one option school were torn down and rebuilt. Vose was the first to occupy the building followed by Hazeldale, William Walker and the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy (ACMA).

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. 

Final Cost: $61,371,000
Funding: 2014 Bond
Schedule: 05/2015 - 08/2016
Status: Complete

Construction Photos

Construction of school
Construction of school
Construction of school
Building trusses
Construction of school
Construction of school
Exterior courtyard
Concrete steps
Aerial view of new middle school
Construction of classroom
Construction of library
exterior of school
Commons area

Fast Facts:

  • Opened September 2016 as the District's 8th middle school
  • Serving as a "swing school" until 2021 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