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Highline High School - Burien, WA

Architect: Bassetti Architects

General Contractor: Skanska USA Building

Completion: Summer 2021

The deteriorating Highline High School was completely replaced with the construction of an entirely new structure, with the history preserved by several key elements being carefully de-constructed and re-used on the new building(s). One of these key features was a glass mosaic that was gifted to the High School by the Class of 1960. The old wooden frame that previously housed the pirate was deteriorating and falling apart. Mission Glass was tasked with carefully removing the deteriorating framing and providing a new frame that will hold the mosaic panels together for future generations to enjoy.

Outside of the historic elements, the new structure is divided into four separate wings, as well as a commons and performing arts space. Each wing allows for each classroom to benefit from as much natural daylighting as possible, to increase interior comfort. All of that daylighting meant hundreds of individual window units, as well as larger expanses of storefronts and curtain walls. The south-facing facades also incorporated numerous sunshades to provide exterior shading to the glass facade to cut down on the solar heat gain that typically occurs in the Northwest summer months. The white finishes create a crisp clean look, while also maintaining a historic feel with brick facades spread throughout the project. Mission Glass was honored to be a part of this challenging build and look forward to seeing all the students that will pass through its door for generations to come.