Project Information
Auburn High School Modernization and Reconstruction Project


  • Auburn High School was built in 1950 and expanded five times during the next 60 years.
  • The school provides excellent programs and extensive community facilities but it does so in an aging building that is no longer cost effective to operate and maintain.
  • To address this situation, Auburn School District is modernizing and rebuilding Auburn High School.

Project History:

  • 2005: An Auburn School District Citizen’s Ad Hoc Committee recommended the school district replace any building if the cost to modernize the facility exceeds 70% of the cost of a new building.
  • 2008: Auburn School District completed an in-depth assessment of all of its buildings and found that Auburn High School:
    • did not meet the school district’s facility standards,
    • was past its economic life span and not cost effective to remodel, and
    • the cost to remodel the school exceeded 70% of the cost of a new building and therefore should be replaced.
  • 2010: Auburn School District began the planning and design work for the modernization and reconstruction of Auburn High School.
  • November 2012: The citizens of Auburn School District approved a $110,000,000 bond issue for the construction of the Auburn High School Modernization and Reconstruction project.
  • February 2013: Lydig Construction, Inc. began work on the new facility.

Project Design:

  • The modernized and reconstructed school is being built at its current location between East Main Street and 4th Street NE.
  • The project will replace all of the buildings on campus except for the PAC and Auto Shop.
  • The PAC, Auto Shop and grounds will be modernized.
  • The new facility will be about 3,000 square feet smaller than the current school but will have the same student capacity.
  • The building will be brick, with a classic and timeless appearance.
  • The building will have an energy efficient design and provide state-of-the-art technology systems.
  • The construction work will be phased to allow the students to remain on campus during the construction project.

Important Design Features:

  • A new and prominent front entry on East Main Street.
  • The PAC and Main Gym will have direct access and easy visibility from 4th St. NE.
  • Parking on the school site will be increased from 300 to over 600 stalls.
  • The main parking lot will be adjacent to the Main Gym, PAC and Auburn Pool; and will be across the street from Auburn Memorial Stadium.
  • New off-street bus loading area.
  • New synthetic turf baseball and softball fields.
  • All buildings will be under one roof.
  • Improved energy efficiency.
  • New classroom and building technology.
  • A large centrally located student commons.
  • The PAC will be improved and have a new front entry plaza and drop-off area, new lobby and delivery area, new theater seats, upgraded lighting and sound systems, improved access for the disabled, seismic upgrades, and more restrooms.

Project Schedule:

  • February 2013: Construction work begins.
  • August 2014: Students and staff move into the Phase 1 portion of the building which faces East Main St. This phase includes the main classroom building, Commons, Kitchen and CTE areas.
  • August 2015: Students and staff move into the Phase 2 portion of the building which is located between the current PAC and Automotive Technology Building. This phase includes physical education, music, performing arts, Automotive Technology and PAC facilities.
  • July 2016: Phase 3 will be completed. This phase is comprised of site improvements and includes synthetic turf baseball and softball fields, student and event parking lot and tennis courts.


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