The new 224,500sf Lake Washington High School replaces an aging facility on a site that has been an important feature of the Kirkland community for over 60 years. The new building is designed to serve four multi-grade, multi-discipline academic learning communities, or “houses” that accommodate approximately 350 students each. Each house includes classrooms, labs, studios and shared collaboration space for students and teachers. The new building was constructed on-site with the original school in operation. The project features a smaller building footprint, consolidated parking and many sustainable features such as rain gardens across the site, ground source heat and photo-voltaics.