The Washington High School community celebrated the completion of a three-year construction project with an Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Renovations made to the 59-year-old Cedar Rapids high school were funded by SAVE (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education). The $31.6 million project included: Click here to see photos of the ceremony and tour
- New window and door systems to improve energy efficiency.
- A new geothermal heating and air-conditioning (HVAC) system that supports air quality throughout the building.
- New LED lighting systems in hallways and classrooms to provide appropriate levels for education settings.
- New exterior walls, cabinetry, ceilings, lighting, and floor coverings in nearly every classroom, giving the school a new look!
- Cafeteria improvements and updates that support health and wellness and promote community-building.
- New windows bring more natural light into the library.
- Mechanical upgrades in pools and gymnasium areas that improve ventilation.
- An enhanced fire alarm system that includes weather and intruder alerts.
- A new master clock and bell system to deliver exceptional accuracy and reduce maintenance needs.
- Interior fire protection, including fire-rated wall systems, to improves safety and security.
The District has also completed SAVE-funded renovation projects at Jefferson and Kennedy high schools.
- Kennedy High School – A Geothermal Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system was installed. Construction occurred over a two-year period and was completed in the fall of 2010 at a total cost of $16.7 million.
- Jefferson High School – A Geothermal Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system was installed, as well as new window wall systems. This three-year project was completed in the fall of 2014 at a total cost of $29.6 million.
"The Cedar Rapids community is rightfully proud of its three amazing conventional high schools,” said Dr. Ralph Plagman, Washington Principal. “Over the last seven years, Jefferson, Kennedy, and Washington have all undergone major HVAC and related improvements that make them among the most modern high schools in Iowa."