Auburn High School Modernization & Reconstruction

CLIENT Auburn School District, No. 408

Location Auburn, WA 

The Auburn High School Modernization called for a phased demolition and reconstruction of the existing high school. 

The first phase included construction of the main classroom building, commons, kitchen and career/technical education classrooms. Once completed, students and staff moved into the new building, freeing up the existing school for demolition and construction of the second phase, which included physical education, music, performing arts, and PAC facilities.

Shannon & Wilson performed geotechnical explorations and analyses to aid the design team in foundation design, seismic design, pervious pavement design and other site development elements. Investigations revealed a variety of soil conditions, including buried logs deposited by a historic river channel that once flowed through the school property. These varied conditions triggered additional soil investigations, including ground penetrating radar and geoprobe soil sampling to help locate areas of buried logs and woody debris.

In addition to evaluating all geotechnical project elements, Shannon & Wilson also performed four pilot infiltration tests (PITs) to provide long-term design infiltration rates for the design of stormwater infiltration structures.


Martin Page
Vice President

Kevin Wood
Senior Engineer

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