The Eatonville High School campus is a designated historic landmark. Several buildings were built in 1915, and the campus has undergone multiple additions and modernizations since then. JMC was hired as the general contractor to renovate two of the oldest and main school buildings on the campus.
Preserving the historical significance of the buildings was a priority for the project team. One of the biggest challenges was to ensure the renovated buildings met modern safety standards while keeping their original features intact. The renovation included the re-pointing of the exterior brick walls, installation of historically accurate windows, and complementing the exterior additions with materials that matched the character of the surrounding buildings. Similarly, the interiors of the buildings were modernized while retaining the original hardwood flooring and other elements that contributed to the unique aesthetics of the time. Additional changes were made to comply with current ADA requirements, accommodate larger classrooms, and create new program spaces.
The building underwent a significant seismic upgrade to meet current codes. As part of this upgrade, the team had to rebuild the auditorium ceiling and were successful in replicating the existing coffers, matching the new ceiling with the historical one. The infrastructure and mechanical systems were also upgraded, making the building more energy efficient.
To minimize disruptions, our team constructed temporary portable structures to house students during the fast-track construction schedule. Safety was a major concern for the school district, as the campus was fully occupied. JMC’s safety director and superintendents rose to the challenge and ensured all safety protocols were followed, maintaining a safe construction site.
One of the unique components of our team’s involvement with the community for this project was organizing tours for staff, students, and the Eatonville community. These tours provided updates on the project's progress, highlighting the process and significance of preserving historic buildings on one of the region's oldest campuses.