Garfield High School


This renovation project consisted of a 255,000 square-foot modernization and addition to a historic 1922 Seattle School District building. Supplemental concrete shear walls and steel collectors were added to increase lateral strength and stability. At the new performing arts center and gymnasium, the masonry walls extend 38 feet above the floor to provide high volume that enhances theatrical and athletic events. PCS Structural Solutions worked with the geotechnical engineer to provide reinforced earth adjacent to a two-story concrete wall that matches the curve of the adjacent track, minimizing earth pressure against the building and significantly reducing construction cost.


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