Curtis High School, Athletic Facility

University Place, Washington

  • FIRM

    BLRB Architects


    University Place School District

  • AREA

    47,188 sq.ft.





Following passage of a comprehensive bond in 2005, the architect was engaged to complete multiple school replacement, modernization and modification projects for the University Place School District. One of these projects encompassed replacement of Curtis High School’s gymnasium and modernization of an auxiliary gym that was built in ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,325COST PER SQ FT$219.00CITATIONSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSports Stadiums/Athletic Facilities 1980s.

The design solution for this project provides a state-of-the-art high school athletic complex that supports and enhances the educational programs of the district, respects the culture and traditions of the high school, and provides a multipurpose facility that continues service as a community landmark and resource.

Phase I encompassed the majority of the gymnasium replacement. Design features include the main and auxiliary gymnasiums, weight-training room, athletics classroom, locker rooms, 1,600-spectator bleacher seating, practice spaces, equipment and uniform storage, and controlled public-access space. Phase II encompassed general and acoustical upgrades. Work was performed while school was in session, with utmost attention to student and staff safety and minimizing disruption during construction.

"This project creates a civic presence on the mall. Consistent use of colorful materials and great natural light everywhere."--2011 jury