Tahoma High School
- Architectural Acoustics
- Mechanical Noise Control
- Audiovisual Systems Design
- Multi-media Sysems Design
- Environmental Noise Assessment
- Project Architect: DLR Group
- Project Size: 312,300 square feet
- Total Construction Cost: $120 Million
- Enrollment: 2,400 Students
BRC provided design for architectural acoustics, mechanical system noise control, audiovisual systems, and environmental noise assessment for Washington State’s largest high school. The primary acoustical challenge was the double classroom design that enabled the rear half of the theater to convert to individual classrooms through the use of electronically-controlled operable walls. The design required support for classroom use independent of the theater while providing effective acoustics whether the theater was open or closed to the classrooms. In addition, the classrooms were required to comply with the acoustical provisions of the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP) during classroom use. A system of operable partitions was developed that provide effective sound isolation and also accommodate the steps of the theater center aisle using panels of varying lengths that deploy from the ceiling. A user-friendly AV design allows the use of the AV system for instruction in the individual classrooms or as part of the theater system. The theater features a full fly loft with overhead canopies and sidewall stage towers to provide flexibility for ensembles of all sizes, an orchestra pit for musical performances, and complete sound/AV & production intercom systems.
The Tahoma School District’s vision for this high school is for students to become “Future Ready” – preparing students for college and careers as well as impacting the local economy by helping students develop skillsets that can be used in the area’s industries. Completed in 2017, the school includes the Career and Technical Education wing and a 600-seat performing arts center. It also has classrooms and breakout spaces for student collaboration, an athletic complex, a wrestling/aerobics room, weight room and sports medicine training spaces. The new school allows the District to reconfigure from a 10-12 to a 9-12 high school. Career and Technical Education specialty areas will offer hands-on learning opportunities in the areas of auto tech, manufacturing, fabrication, robotics, health/sports medicine and informational technology. As part of the high school, the new Regional Learning Center will serve the Maple Valley community with joint-use amenities such as a gymnasium, auditorium, library and community hub that supports school and community functions.