A primary goal by Bassetti Architects for the replacement of Highline High School in the Highline School District was to retain the historic character of the north wall of the existing school. Constructed between 1923 and 1928, its image as a civic expression of educational importance to the Highline community was a critical factor in the design of the new school. A centrally placed public entrance was recreated in a new red brick north wall, reusing salvaged historic terra cotta elements of the main entry to reflect the civic importance of this building.
The layout of educational spaces is based on learning communities or pods. General classrooms, seminar rooms, teacher planning area, small classrooms all utilizing custom Mannington Carpet, and dedicated science labs utilizing Tarkett rubber tile are
clustered around a small learning commons.
The performing arts center is the hidden jewel nestled in the center of the building with soaring ceilings and architecturally intriguing spaces surrounded by dramatic exotic hard wood acoustic walls and custom Mannington carpet cascading down the aisles and walkways.