Washington Chapter

Chapter Mission

The commitment of the professional membership has been the key to the success of the Association for Learning Environments. We must now build on this tradition by increasing our membership to include sectors now under-represented within the organization. Increasing membership from the communities we serve to include minorities and urban school personnel.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson

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Upcoming Programs

School Tour & Dinner

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Stewart Middle School
Tacoma SD
5010 S Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98408

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Stewart MS by Bassetti Architects and Tacoma School District.

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Historic 1625 Tacoma Place, 1625 S Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA 98409

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Program: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
Just to mix things up a bit, we have a two part program this month:

Part 1: "Dear Designer" by Paul Harris, Operations Manager with Tacoma Public Schools (WAMOA President)
WAMOA (Washington Association of Maintenance and Operations Administrators) In the spirit of improving collaboration between our organizations, since both are equally important in providing the best possible learning environments for our children, Paul Harris will be presenting a summary of their recent "Dear Designer" brainstorming sessions. This is intended to inspire an open discussion so prepare to engage and share your ideas and questions.

Part 2: OSPI/A4LE Presentation to House Budget Committee
In November, Taine Wilton of Edmonds SD represented A4LE to present at a House Capital Budget Committee meeting in conjunction with OSPI and WAMOA. We thought the members would appreciate seeing her portion of the presentation, focused on what makes a great 21st century learning environment.

Stewart Middle School

Stewart MS
Like many historic schools, the original facility was disjointed from years of incremental modifications and organized around the cells and bells model of teaching. Additionally, the school building is an important anchor in the community, yet prior to the renovation it was not accessible to many. The project breathed new life into the building providing spaces to support twenty-first century learning, community spaces, and access for people of all abilities. The design team focused on enhancing the historic feel in the entry sequence leading to the converted/restored auditorium while prioritizing things like large glass sliding doors at classrooms in the rest of the school. Most importantly, the renovation focuses on showcasing STEM education in the project labs, physically and visually connecting the whole school, and providing a new social hub for the school and the community at the heart of the school.

Project Team:
  • Architect: Bassetti Architects
  • Landscape Architect: AHBL
  • Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: BCE Engineers
  • Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
  • Acoustical Consultant: SSA Acoustical Engineers
  • Theater Consultant: PLA
  • Contractor: Skanska

Click here to register online

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early)   $60.00
Late (Members) $60.00
Late (Non-Members) $70.00
School Districts $30.00

Early cutoff is 5:00 pm, January 22nd

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to the Assocation, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

We greatly appreciate your attendance and active participation in our chapter events.

Open Your Umbrella

Save the Date!

2018 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

May 2-4, 2018
Open Your Umbrella: Empowering Students Through Design
Motif Seattle
1415 Fifth Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

Call for Speakers!
Click here to submit your proposal.
Deadline for submission: February 1, 2018

Click here to make your hotel reservation!
Rate: $220 USD + tax
Cut-off date: April 6, 2018

Download the Sponsorship Opportunities PDF
Click here to register for a Sponsorship Opportunity
Deadline: April 13, 2018

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Sponsors


AHBL Bassetti Architects
BCE Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Hargis Hutteball & Oremus
Integrus Architecture McGranahan
Mohawk Group NAC Architecture
PCS Weisman Design Group


BLRB Architects DLR Group
LPD Engineering Mahlum

Magna Cum Laude

Great Floors Greenbush Group
Metrix Engineers SSA Acoustics
Studio Meng Strazzara TCF Architecture

Dean's List

BCRA Dykeman
Erickson McGovern McKinstry
Patcraft Sazan

Honor Roll

A3 Acoustics The Robinson Company


Associated Earth Sciences Incorporated ehsi
Lighting Group Northwest OAC

Upcoming Events

February 22, 2018
School Tour & Dinner Meeting
Pathfinder Kindergarten, Mukilteo

March 28, 2018
School Tour & Dinner Meeting
Arlington Elementary, Tacoma

March 31, 2018
Service Day at Rainier Beach High School
Rainier HS, Seattle

Early April 2018
Spring Bus Tour
Tahoma SD & PSSC

May 2-4, 2018
State & Regional Conference
Motif Seattle

June 14, 2018
School Tour & Dinner Meeting
Sammamish High School, Bellevue