New Classroom Building Tops Out At Granite Hills High

Building 200 at Granite Hills High School has just topped out.

The project is a $12.68 million, two-story, 21-classroom building totaling 50,170 square feet. One half of the structure will have four science classrooms and a central prep area for instructors, and the other half will have a computer lab, TV studio, photography lab, digital media arts center and 10 general purpose classrooms.

The building has steel framing with covered walkways both at the first and second levels and balconies overlooking the campus courtyard. The facades will include architectural steel columns, stairs and more than 5,500 square feet of glazing.

According to the school, the new classroom building will replace a 50-year-old facility with more cost effective and usable classrooms as well as additional classroom space for curriculum changes to reflect new teaching programs.

This project began with removing and replacing more than 10,500 cubic yards of soil to provide a suitable base for over 2,000 cubic yards of concrete foundation and more than 400 tons of structural steel framework. Thirteen portable classroom buildings were demolished last summer.

Construction of the new facility got under way in March of this year, and the project is slated to be completed by September 2012 — in time for the new school year.

Erickson-Hall Construction is the project’s construction manager.

The architectural firm Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke designed the project, and Arch Pac Inc. was the landscape architect. Project engineers included Epic Engineers, civil; KNA Consulting, structural; T-Squared, mechanical; and FBA Engineering, electrical.