Renton unveils more middle school designs

October 1, 2013

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NEW — 12:45 p.m. Oct. 1, 2013

Contributed by Renton School District NAC Architecture and the Renton School District released new designs of the future middle school in Newcastle.

Contributed by Renton School District
NAC Architecture and the Renton School District released new designs of the future middle school in Newcastle.

The Renton School Board was shown the latest artist renderings of the future middle school in Newcastle at its Sept. 25 meeting.

The two-story school designed by NAC Architecture will occupy the 11-acre site of the Renton Academy, next to Hazelwood Elementary School.

A major feature of the school will be its transparency, complete with windows in every classroom, project manager Steve Shiver said in July. Instead of walls, the school will utilize a lot of glass, providing clear sightlines for students and staff.

“That improves security and reduces bullying in the building, because staff can observe the circulation corridor areas in the building from within the classroom,” Shiver said.

The Renton School District last met with the Newcastle community about the school at a July 18 open house showcasing NAC Architecture’s specification design plans.

On the web

View more artist renderings of the future middle school at http://on.fb.me/16F48Ms.

Demolition of Renton Academy is set to begin in June 2014, while construction will start in March 2015. The middle school is slated to open in fall 2016.

The $46 million project was made possible thanks to voter support of an April 2012 bond measure. The $97 million bond measure will fund the school, improvements to the Lindbergh High School pool and other construction costs.

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