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West Valley High School

In 2007 the West Valley School District’s bond for a new high school facility passed.  The new high school is a replacement for the existing facility and is 240,338 square feet, with a total student capacity of 1,500.

The District looked to Architects West to design a new high school that would be a progressive, functional, flexible, and cost effective educational facility;  a facility that provides spaces that excite the mind, engage the learning experience, and bring students, teachers, and community together.

The new structure is two-story, steel frame, and masonry construction that includes:  vo-tech space, agriculture science lab, eight science rooms, wood and construction shop, metal and manufacturing shops, welding labs, media center, seven computer labs, art room, business education labs, JROTC room, music/choir room, 60 general classrooms, administration, counseling areas, home and family life lab, special needs areas, and a serving kitchen all organized around central commons and outdoor student plaza areas.  In addition, the design includes an auditorium with a seating capacity of 500, a stage with full rigging for lighting and curtains, plus full sound system.

The 36 acre site, formerly an apple orchard, has been converted to accommodate all the needs and amenities for a new high school.  The spectacular ridge top site has 360 degree views of the Yakima River Valley and the surrounding hills.   Athletic fields include junior varsity and varsity baseball and softball fields, including press boxes, dug outs, and backstops.   The site accommodates over 900 cars with drop-off and pick-up locations for both buses and parents.  Incorporation of pathways and sidewalks make the site fully accessible with building entry plazas designed as gathering spaces.

LOCATION:

Yakima, Washington

DATE:

2009

Category:

Education, High Schools