For the Reporter
Crews demolished the main Auburn High School building Tuesday, making way for parking for the new high school set to open Sept. 3.
The removal of the old school, at 800 4th St. NE, is part of the Auburn High School modernization and reconstruction project.
In February 2013, Auburn voters passed a $110 million bond for the school project. The new school, located at 711 E. Main St., will open for students this fall.
The project is to be completed in three phases.
• Phase 1: February 2013-June 2014
The main classroom building, commons, kitchen and most of the career/technical education classrooms were completed. Students and staff will be starting the school year in the Phase 1 building.
The bus zone, staff parking lot and visitor parking lot also were completed during the phase.
• Phase 2: July 2014-July 2015
Includes construction of the physical education, sports medicine, horticulture, music and performing arts areas. It also will include renovation of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and automotive technology building. The phase will be completed in August 2015.
During the 2014-15 school year, physical education, sports medicine, theater arts, horticulture and music will remain in a portion of the existing high school.
The PAC will be closed during the 2014-15 school year for renovation. The Theater at Mountainview and the Auburn Riverside Theater will be available to accommodate as many performances as possible.
During Phase 2, a portion of the existing building will be demolished.
Students will be attending classes in the new building, except for the programs noted above.
• Phase 3: July 2015-July 2016
Phase 3 will be final site improvements which will include new student and event parking lots, baseball and softball fields and tennis courts. The existing gymnasium and temporary classrooms will be demolished during the phase.
During Phase 3, all academic programs will be in the new building.
All students will be attending classes in the new building.