Highline College - Building 26 Renovation

Des Moines, WA

Major renovation of a 1970s-era building into a state-of-the-art, sustainable learning facility designed to meet the needs of future healthcare professionals


  • Developed and implemented a campus-wide transportation management plan
  • Diverted over 97% of construction waste from the landfill
  • Building will save over 34% in energy costs annually

Working with McGranahan architects, O'Brien360 provided LEED project management services for the major renovation of Highline Community College's Health and Life Sciences Building, a 3-story 1970s-era building on the College's main campus and its first significant capital project in more than a decade. The Health and Life Sciences building is the first on campus to become LEED certified!

The project's goal was to convert the 50-year-old structure into a modern, green, integrated and flexible learning environment catering to future healthcare professionals. The renovation was completed in early 2020, culminating in an extensive interior remodel, a new building addition, and site improvements for a total of 46,068 sq. ft. of classroom, lab, office, and


study space. O'Brien360's scope of work on the project included LEED project management and technical assistance throughout design and construction. Further, our team assisted in the development of a comprehensive Transportation Management Plan by reviewing the existing Commuter Trip Reduction reports and College Policies to identify information gaps. This strategy earned an Innovation in Design LEED Credit which contributed to Building 26 earning LEED Gold certification in October 2020.