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School Tour & Dinner

October 19, 2017

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Hazel Wolf K-8 by NAC Architecture and Seattle School District.   
 
Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98195

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
“Get Out!  Benefits and Opportunities of Outdoor Learning”
This session explores the benefits of taking teaching and learning beyond the traditional classroom. We examine the benefits thereof through three distinct lenses: education researcher, teacher and architect.
 
Lauren Scranton, NAC│Architecture education knowledge leader, presents the findings of her investigation into the effects of outdoor learning on students’ academic achievement and overall growth.
 
Christine Benita is environmental science educator and school program coordinator who has spent the last 8 years developing a pioneering K-8 school’s E-STEM curriculum with a particular focus on the environment and sustainability.
 
NAC design principal Boris Srdar examines a variety of project examples from around the world that explored a multitude of outdoor learning practices.

Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM School

This urban site is conceived as a lab with a variety of indoor/outdoor learning areas. The site and building are intertwined, both conceptually and physically, which evolves the project typology by blending traditionally separate parts of the school program. The new school is a counterpoint to the typologically diverse surrounding and a new urban form generator at the same time.

Developing a pioneering E-STEM program at Hazel Wolf K-8 required a design that sought every opportunity to create diverse exterior educational spaces. The tight, 3.2-acre triangular campus was a significant challenge, and deliberate organization of the site and building was imperative to maximize use of outdoor areas. The site was extended over the buildings to double the area of the central learning courtyard. Diverse outdoor learning environments such as a butterfly garden, a botanical garden, and Reggio Emilia play/learn areas each support a specific curriculum. Hazel Wolf is a current MacConnell finalist and Polished Apple Winner.

Project Team:
•    Architect: NAC Architecture
•    Landscape Architect: Murase Associates
•    Civil Engineer:  Coughlin Porter Lundeen
•    Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
•    Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
•    Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates
•    Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
•    Acoustical Consultant: The Greenbusch Group
•    Food Service:  George E. Bundy & Associates
•    Contractor: Lydig Construction

Rates
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, October 17th

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

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


School Tour & Dinner

September 27, 2017

 

Tour: 4:30 PM
Please join us for a tour of La Conner Middle School by Hutteball & Oremus and La Conner School District. Note the later 4:30 start time to allow for the extended travel time.
404 North 6th Street, La Conner, WA 98257

 

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Swinomish Yacht Club, 310 N. First St., La Conner, WA 98257

 

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
"The La Conner History Wall"
Please join us for a presentation by mixed media artist Mary Ennis Davis about her process creating the La Conner History Wall. Located prominently in the lobby of the middle school, this large scale composition uses digitally altered images and three-dimensional objects to create a contemporary art installation to honor both the history of the town and La Conner School District.

 

La Conner Middle School

The future of education in the La Conner School District pays respect to the community and traditions in which it is situated. Positioned between two facilities of contrasting eras, the middle school carefully blends contemporary architectural elements with materials that pay homage to the historical characteristics of the previous school building and other campus facilities.

 

Utilizing reclaimed bricks from the original 1935 school building, a large fireplace was constructed within the middle school library. Sections of the old gymnasium flooring were repurposed as tables throughout the school, and incorporated into an accent wall in the new gymnasium. Located across from the administration offices, the La Conner History Wall, documents the role and importance of the district within the greater community.

 

Lynndale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Team:

 

  • Architect: Hutteball & Oremus Architecture
  • Civil Engineer: Northwest Datum & Design, Inc.
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Landscape Architect: Thomas Rengstorf & Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice Associates
  • Cost Consulting: PRODIMS
  • Acoustical Consultant: SSA Acoustics
  • Food Service: Halliday Associates
  • Contractor: Babbit Neuman Construction

School Tour and Dinner

June 21, 2017

 

Tour

Lynndale Elementary School, Edmonds School District
19030 72nd Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036

 

Dinner Presentation

Year End Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony

 

Lynndale Elementary School

 

Lynndale

 

With six decades of commitment to excellence, the powerful pride of the Lynndale Lions continues on in their new 68,000 SF building just south of Lynndale Park. Located on the same site since 1957, Lynndale previously occupied a single story, pavilion-style cmu block building with very little access to daylight, no connection between learning spaces and, although adjacent to a large fish and wildlife conservation ravine, was sited to turn its back on nature.

 

The new Lynndale forms an "L" that holds a semi-protected triangular courtyard with building and ravine as equally important edges, allowing both view and physical connection between every learning space and the ravine. Organized into three small learning communities of K-1, 2-3 and 4-6, the design emphasizes collaboration and connectivity between grade pairings. Every two classrooms share a small group room; across the hall for K-3 to aid para and volunteer inclusion programs, and nested within the classrooms for 4-6 to address developmentally appropriate independent learning.

 

A second, smaller "L" formed by community spaces, including the gym, music, library and common areas, runs parallel at the north end and then folds under and through the larger "L", projecting as a glassy pavilion into the center of the courtyard. This fold creates a centrally located gateway, bookended by administration and community space, that connects the neighborhood to the ravine. And by reaching out to engage the ravine, the pavilion subdivides the larger community courtyard into areas for nature play and quiet learning.

 

Project Team:

  • Architect: Mahlum
  • Civil Engineer: KPFF
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Landscape Architect: Weisman Design Group
  • Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates
  • Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
  • Acoustical Consultant: SSA Acoustics
  • Food Service: Halliday Associates
  • GC/CM: BNBuilders

 

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Lynndale Elementary School by Mahlum and Edmonds School District.

 

Networking and Cocktails: 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98020

 

Dinner Meeting: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
Please Join us for our year end business meeting to announce next year's Board Members, as well as to present this year's Al Beck Award recipient and Merle Kirkley Scholarship Winners.

 

Rates

 

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early) $55.00
Late (Members) $55.00
Late (Non-Members) $60.00
School Districts $30.00

 

Early cutoff is 5:00 pm June 19th

 

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to A4LE, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

 

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

 

2017 Spring Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

9:00 am
Seattle Public Schools

This year's tour provides a unique opportunity: to visit 4 schools, each required to meet the same Educational Specifications, yet with significantly different restricting parameters. The projects range from renovations on tight sites, to replacement schools constructed on larger properties.

  • Arbor Heights Elementary (Bassetti Architects)
  • Genesee Hill Elementary (BLRB Architects)
  • Fairmount Park Elementary (Miller Hayashi Architects)
  • Nova High School at Horace Mann (TCF Architecture)

Arbor Heights Elementary
This new elementary school doubled the size of the Arbor Heights Elementary School, and provides K-5 students the opportunity to participate in an Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) program.

The new school is approximately 89,000 square feet and accommodates 660 students. It houses four small learning communities that include individual classrooms surrounding an open shared-learning area and an Idea Lab. The learning communities were designed to promote individual and group teaching and enables experiential hands-on and project-based learning.

Genesee Hill Elementary School
The new Genesee Hill Elementary School is approximately 103,000 square feet and accommodates up to 660 students from the nearby Schmitz Park Elementary. Shared learning spaces are found between classrooms and other spaces are used for special education, art, science, music, and childcare.

With the site's significant grade differential and a protected stand of old growth trees, Genesee Hill's six-acre site presented inherent challenges. The original 1949 school and playfields were so separated by distance that they were poorly utilized, whereas the new design makes better use of the entire site and integrates gracefully into the surrounding residential neighborhood.

Fairmont Park Elementary School
Fairmont Park Elementary School is a completely renovated and modernized building with a new 200-seat classroom addition. This project addresses current and projected elementary enrollment growth in West Seattle by renovating 40,000 SF of the existing facility and adding a new two-story, 20,000 SF classroom wing. The educational initiatives include Performing Arts, Arts and Technology, Science and Technology, and Special Education. The rehabilitation included roof replacement and exterior wall updates, seismic renovations, improved accessibility, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing system replacements.

Nova High School at Horace Mann
The Nova High School project included modernizations and improvements to the 33,000-square-foot existing building, along with an addition of a 15,000-square-foot wing constructed on the north side of the property. The modernization included complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades, seismic upgrades, new exterior siding, refurbished windows, interior finishes and technology improvements. Life safety and accessibility (ADA) improvements were also addressed. An additional vehicle entrance was added for a reconfigured parking lot area and rain gardens were installed to improve storm water discharge.

 

School Tour & Dinner Meeting

March 22, 2017

 

TOUR:
Salish Middle School, North Thurston Public Schools
8605 Campus Glen Drive NE, Lacey, WA 98516

 

DINNER PRESENTATION:
Green Building Teacher Fellows Program
Peter Donaldson, Director for Sustainability Ambassadors

 

Salish Middle School

For Salish Middle School, the design team focused on learning environments that allow for adaptive use and increased student population in this rapidly-growing district. It was their goal to incorporate learning opportunities in standard and non-traditional ways throughout the school.

 

Salish MS

 

One of the most successful design solutions for this growing district was project classrooms located at the entry to each classroom wing or "house." These unique spaces allow flexibility in interaction, learning, and teaching. Easily reconfigured, nontraditional furniture allows for a range of uses, including art exploration, a STEM-focused curriculum, and small or large group projects. The building prioritizes visibility, cost-reducing daylighting, and visual connections between all grade levels and school administration for a layout that is welcoming, safe, efficient, and easy to monitor.

 

Project Team:

  • Architect: BCRA
  • Civil Engineer: Huitt Zollers
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Landscape Architect: Jeff Glander & Assoiciates
  • Mechanical Engineer: Hultz/BHU
  • Electrical Engineer: Hultz/BHU
  • Cost Consulting: Bill Acker Consulting
  • Acoustical Consultant: The Greenbusch Group
  • Value Engineering: Meng Analysis
  • General Contractor: BNCC

 

Tour: 4:15 PM (note slightly later time)
Please join us for a tour of Salish Middle School, 8605 Campus Glen Drive NE, Lacey, WA by BCRA and North Thurston Public Schools.

 

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM

Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98501

 

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
"Green Building Teacher Fellows Program"

 

Peter Donaldson, Director for Sustainability Ambassadors, will provide an overview of the Green Building Teacher Fellows Program.

 

Master teachers from middle school and high school lead a district-wide, problem-based instructional design process that links science and engineering to civics, economics, and equity issues....meeting educational standards while advancing the green building sector including, cool green schools, affordable housing, and sustainable community development.

 

The Program is a collective impact initiative facilitated by Sustainability Ambassadors and jointly funded by a coalition of leading firms and business. Miller-Hull, Cascade Design Collaborative, and Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties are all early champions.

 

Could this be a new signature program for A4LE and our members firms, through which we measure impact and amplify our association mission?

 

Proof of concept already exists. The "Water Systems Teacher Fellows Program," sponsored by Cascade Water Alliance, is supporting 16 Fellows in four school districts reaching over 2,000 students.

 

Rates
Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early) $55.00
Late (Members) $55.00
Late (Non-Members) $60.00
School Districts $30.00

 

[Early cutoff is 5:00 pm March 20th]

 

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to A4LE, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

 

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

 


 

School Tour and Dinner Program

February 22, 2017

 

Northwood Elementary School

 

Mercer Island is committed to addressing educational challenges of the future while embracing community values of integrity, commitment, collaboration and excellence in all aspects of the student experience. In support of this vision, Northwood Elementary School provides the missing link between facility design and academic program; provides a wide variety of differentiated personalized learning environments; finds the tie between curriculum, sustainability and facility design; and leverages on-site partnerships to strengthen the Island community.

 

Occupying approximately 9 acres of a 43 acre district-owned shared-use site, the school is designed to enhance partnership opportunities for the enrichment of both community and education. This is achieved through a carefully crafted site strategy, a sensitive building massing, the programming of interior and exterior learning spaces, and the development of a new curriculum that embraces the site amenities and shared resources.

 

Northwood Elementary was recognized with the 2016 Honor Award by AIA Seattle.

 

Project Team:
Architect: Mahlum
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architect: Cascade Design Collaborative
Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
Acoustical Consultant: Sazan Group
General Contractor: Bayley Construction

 

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Northwood Elementary School, 4030 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA presented by Mahlum and the Mercer Island School District.

 

Networking and Cocktails: 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Stroum Jewish Community Center, 3801 E Mercer Way, Mercer Island, WA 98040

 

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
"Civic Defragmentation: Learning & Resilience in North Seattle"

 

We will explore creative strategies for designing the places children inhabit every day as ecologically diverse, culturally expressive, and interconnected. The presentation focuses on how the students multi-scale approach plus community engaged design process maximizes learning opportunities for children throughout the Aurora/Licton Springs and Haller Lake neighborhoods.

 

Our presenters are University of Washington students, who developed the presentation as part of their Capstone project.
Julie Johnson
Winnie Gu
Jesse Guo
James Wohlers
Karen Chen
Will Shrader – Capital Projects Manager

 

Standard Rates for Dinner Tour Program

 

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early) $55.00
Late (Members) $55.00
Late (Non-Members) $60.00
School Districts $30.00

 

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to the Association, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner. We greatly appreciate your attendance and active participation in our chapter events.

 


 

With our Deepest Sympathy

On the passing of a icon in our industry and the chapter... Chas b. Chisom... October 26, 1940 – January 30, 2017
As a dedicated member of A4LE (initially formed as CEFPI), Chas provided a lion's share of the enthusiasm, leadership and effort to lay the foundation for the Washington Chapter we know today. He was a trusted advisor to the Board of Directors who was always available to help guide the development and improvement of our Chapter. He gave countless hours of his own time to the development of an organizational framework that assures the Washington Chapter will continue to be a local clearing house for the free exchange of ideas and best practices for educational facilities. In this way, Chas was instrumental in the success of A4LE's Washington Chapter and its impact on the continual improvement of public school facilities throughout Washington State and Pacific Northwest Region. Chas is a recipient of the Chapter's highest honor, the Al Beck Award, as well as numerous other Chapter, Regional and International awards and recognitions.

 

Some of Chas' many contributions include the following:

 

WA Chapter President / Board Member / Member

 

  • Initiated and coordinated the Chapters first research project – "Lessons Learned"
  • Conference Committee Chair (Ellensburg)
  • Coordinated Dinner Meeting Reservations for many years.
  • Coordinated printing and distribution of the Chapter Newsletter for many years
  • Chas was the force behind the creation of our Chapter's Architectural Exhibit, the Polished Apple Award, and the Al Beck Award

 

WA Chapter Governor to PNW Region

 

  • A key contributor in creating the Pinnacle Award (building the first one himself)
  • 2000 Regional Conference Entertainment – Theatre in the Woods

 

Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Chas' family.

 


 

School Tour & Dinner Presentation

 

 

January 25, 2017

TOUR:
Liberty High School, Issaquah School District
16655 SE 136th Street, Renton, WA

DINNER PRESENTATION:

"Structure & Serendipity:  Strategies for the 21st Century Community"
Kurt Haapala, Mahlum

Liberty High School
The remodel and addition of Liberty High School focused on changing the facility from an inward focused, infilled, and poorly organized campus to a daylit, open, and accessible school.  The team dealt with significant challenges to maintain student safety and keep all utilities and systems functioning without interruption, as the remodel and addition occurred on a sloped site with limited access, was built in 3 phases, while being occupied by students throughout construction.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Bassetti Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Quantum Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: Sitewise Civil Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: Site Workshop
  • Mechanical Engineer: Wood Harbinger
  • Electrical Engineer: Travis/Fitzmaurice
  • Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
  • Theater Consultant:  PLA
  • Acoustical Engineer: SSA Acoustical Engineers
  • General Contractor, Phase 1: Bayley Construction
  • General Contractor, Phase 2: Babbitt Neumann
  • General Contractor, Phase 3: Kassel Construction

Presentation: "Structure & Serendipity:  Strategies for the 21st Century Community"

The presentation will center around current approaches to student-centric design for living learning communities (LLCs) and, through a brief historical discussion and contemporary case studies, proposes potential solutions to what the future of integrated living and learning environments might look like in the future.

Speaker:  Kurt Haapala, Mahlum
A partner at Mahlum, Kurt is an industry leader in the planning and design of student housing facilities, with more than 22 years of professional practice.


Holiday Social

Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101

December 14, 2016

7:00 - 10:00 pm

School Tour and Dinner

October 26, 2016
4:00 pm – 8:15 pm
Woodinville High School, Northshore School District
19819 136th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA

DINNER PRESENTATION:
"Future Ready Teaching and Learning" – Dr. Hannah Gbenro

Woodinville High School

Named a Silver Medal School of Distinction in U.S. News and World Report Magazine’s Best High Schools, Woodinville High School stands as one of Washington State’s premier public education facilities. Studio Meng Strazzara’s design of the multi-phased project reconnects the campus and combines all academics in a single facility unified by its large central commons. This $71 million, 239,000 square foot project involved the replacement of nearly every building on campus, with the exception of the Gym and Arts & Technology Building. Working under a GC/CM contract, the project spanned three successful bond cycles and was constructed on an active campus over several academic school years. The collaboration between the design team, contractor, school staff, and students has led to a beautiful, cohesive facility that supports education both now and in the future.

Project Team:
Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Civil Engineer: PACE Engineering/ AHBL/ Integrity Works
Landscape Architect: Site Workshop
Mechanical Engineer: Tres West Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Tres West Engineers
Acoustical: BRC/ BRC/ Sparling (now a Stantec company)
Cost: $71,013,909
Kitchen: JLR Design Group
General Contractor: Cornerstone General Contractors

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Woodinville High School, 19819 136th Ave NE, Woodinville, WA 98072, presented by Studio Meng Strazzara and the Northshore School District. Networking and Cocktails: 5:15 – 6:30 PM
Dinner: 6:30 PM
Novelty Hill Januik, 14710 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE, Woodinville, WA 98072 Presentation: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
"Future Ready Teaching and Learning"

Please join us for an informative conversation addressing the foundation of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), a global community that is dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading.  Dr. Gbenro and the panel will introduce the research around Future Ready Learning, and the impact of integrative technology on the way students actually learn due to the neuroplasticity of their brains.  The opportunities for members of the Association to partner with educators will also be discussed.

Panel Conversation:
Hannah Gbenro, Ed.D.
     District admin & WSASCD Executive Committee Member
     Former teacher and/or admin at each level (ES, MS, HS)
Marie Verhaar
     District admin & president-elect for WSASCD
     Former teacher, principal, instructional facilitator
Suzanna Panter
     District Instructional Facilitator for Library Programs, Adjunct faculty member
     Former teacher librarian, classroom teacher
Lisa Hensler
     ES Instructional Coach
     Former classroom teacher, former ELL teacher
Kelly Niccolls
     HS Dean of Students
     Former classroom teacher, project-based learning specialist

School Tour and Dinner

September 21, 2016

The new Vashon Island High School is the product of its place and people. Located on a small island in Puget Sound, its community has an enduring sense of their unique culture, with its natural beauty, geographic isolation, and artistic vitality. The design team preserved this sense of connection by imparting a porosity to the building, which defines how the building supports spatial connections, how students move in and out of the building, and ultimately how the students themselves become the life force of the building and site. The result is an overlapping fabric of inner and outer spaces animated by light, transparency, and movement.

Learning at the high school occurs anywhere – and everywhere – with a wide variety of learning spaces distributed throughout the entire school and campus. Shared areas are adjacent to teaching spaces, a Learning Commons extends the Library into the life of the student body, and a small-group presentation room is perched within the Learning Commons. A central courtyard provides sheltered outdoor learning areas, and found spaces throughout the building are used for individual and small-group work. Together, this collection of student-centered spaces projects the optimism of the island community towards its students by honoring them with features that facilitate learning.

Vashon Island High School was a finalist for the 2015 MacConnell Award, winner of the 2015 Pinnacle Award, winner of the 2015 AIA CAE Education Facility Design Award, and 2015 AIA Civic Design Honor Award winner.

Project Team:

  • Architect: Integrus Architecture
  • Structural Engineer: Integrus Architecture
  • Civil Engineer: LPD Engineering, PLLC
  • Landscape Architect: Cascade Design Collaborative
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Owner's Representative: Goforth Gill Architects
  • Program Managers: Heery International
  • General Contractor: Skanska USA

Presentation:

"The Advantages and Disadvantages of the GC/CM Project Delivery Method – A Panel Discussion"

Please join us for an informative conversation addressing the advantages and disadvantages of the General Contractor/Construction Manager project delivery method. Topics of discussion will include the procurement process, the importance of team continuity, cost/budget management issues, agency certification, along with many others.

Panel Members:

Ed Peters, Capital Projects Director, Edmonds SD
Michael Soltman, Superintendent, Vashon Island SD
Brian Carter, Integrus Architecture
Greg Brown, Program Manager, OAC Services (previous Capital Projects Director with Spokane Public Schools)
Michael McGavock, McGranahan Architects (Moderator)

School Tour & Dinner

May 25, 2016
Auburn High School was relocated from 4th street to a prominent presence on Main Street, this major addition and renovation reinvigorates the Auburn High School facility for another 100 years with a classic look reminiscent of the original 1929 High School.

 

Auburn High School is a regional resource for performing arts and CTE. As one of the most desired performance venues in this area, renewal included an elegant lobby, indoor loading dock, and its own shop. The full fly loft, orchestra pit and secure entrance accommodate a wide variety of performances.

Auburn's certified CTE programs provide graduates with career-ready skills. In addition to renovated auto, wood and welding shops, the Robotics program provides integrated learning opportunities with electronics, metalworking and drafting labs. The Culinary Arts Program is supported by local restaurants and linked to local colleges, in addition to running an on-school teaching café.

All educational spaces are now part of one secure building, and the large parking lot allows convenient access to the school and fields. Sustainably-minded features include: 

  • a state-of-the-art liquid membrane air barrier
  • thermal displacement ventilation
  • sun shades
  • a Photovoltaic demonstration on the field house

 

Project Team:

 

Architect – NAC|Architecture
Structural Engineer – Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Civil Engineer – Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Landscape Architect – Weisman Design Group (landscape) // D.A. Hogan & Associates (sportsfields)
Mechanical Engineer – Hargis Engineers
Electrical Engineer – Hargis Engineers
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis) – Theater & Theater Lighting – PLA Designs Hardware – Adams Consulting Abatement – PBS Environmental Acoustics – SSA Acoustics General Contractor – Lydig Construction, Inc.

 


 

2016 Spring Bus Tour

April 6, 2016

 

Tacoma, Clover Park and Olympia School Districts
Washington Elementary
Beachwood Elementary School
Garfield Elementary School

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

March 23, 2016
Conway K-8
Mt Vernon

 


 

School Tour and Dinner

February 24, 2016
Cedar Park Elementary, Seattle

Designed by the noted architect Paul Thiry, Cedar Park School opened in 1959 as a response to the rapid increase in school enrollment in the 1950’s. By 1981 the student population had dwindled and the school was closed and leased to an Art Community. The building was converted into artists’ residences and studios and the community that occupied the space became a great steward of the property. Now, over 30 years later, the community is once again facing dramatic increases in enrollment, and Seattle Public Schools decided to renovate and reopen the school in 2015. The school is designated as a Seattle landmark in large part due to its innovative structural system. And while the exposed and regularly spaced precast concrete frames, tilt-up concrete walls, and precast concrete roof panels exemplify Northwest Modernism, they also created challenges in the renovation and seismic upgrades that would be required to reopen this Modernist Gem for a new generation.

Innovative Solutions:

  • Carbon Fiber reinforcement of the roof and columns to meet seismic code
  • Off the shelf window parts combined to make frames nearly identical to the originals
  • Eight modular classrooms custom designed to complement school and approved by Seattle Landmarks
  • Work created by the Art Community has been implemented into the design and preserved as an important piece of the school’s history
  • The community designed park, now maintained by Seattle Parks and Recreation was retained and open through all phases of the project

 

Project Team:

 

  • Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural
  • Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Landscape Architect: Tom Rengstorf Associates
  • Mechanical Engineer: Hargis
  • Electrical Engineer: Hargis
  • Acoustical: Sparling
  • Cost: Meng Analysis
  • Kitchen: JLR
  • General Contractor: Bayley Construction

 

Sustainable Education Every Day – How Living Learning Spaces Provide Hands-on Experiential Education
Presented By: Stacy Smedley

AIA Credit Approved

 


 

School Tour and Dinner

January 27, 2016

 

Rose Hill Middle School
13505 NE 75th St., Redmond, WA 98052

 

The new Rose Hill Middle School campus houses both a traditional 6-8 middle school and Stella Schola – an alternative exploratory learning program that integrates core subjects such as reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, and music into historical themes at each grade level. The two programs share whole school amenities while maintaining autonomy in clustered classrooms, labs, admin areas, and entries.

Innovative Solutions

  • The undulating topography was used to advantage by weaving in various levels of outdoor learning spaces with podiums and platforms to allow for educational delivery outside of the traditional classroom spaces.
  • The topography also allowed for inclusion of an amphitheater in the protected courtyard adjacent to the student commons.
  • Learning areas are designed for flexibility. Moveable walls and furniture enable a variety of learning configurations.
  • Flexibility was tested during the design by identifying 5, 10, and 50 year walls to determine where major systems would be located (50 year walls) and where curricular change could drive spatial changes (5 and 10 year walls).

 

Adaptability to Changes in Educational Delivery
Numerous aspects of the school were designed with adaptability in mind. The learning communities are shaped to accommodate numerous curricular models- from departmental to integrated teaching approaches and grade-based to autonomous programs. Technology access (wired and wireless) is ubiquitous- encouraging a “learning happens everywhere” attitude. Hands-on learning spaces (labs and studios) are distributed throughout the facility. Indoor/outdoor connections are also provided to encourage exploratory learning opportunities.

 

Project Team:

  • Architect: Bassetti Architects
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Civil Engineer: AHBL
  • Landscape Architect: The Berger Partnership
  • Mechanical Engineer: Wood Harbinger
  • Electrical Engineer: Wood Harbinger
  • Cost Consultant: The Robinson Company
  • Acoustical Engineers: BRC Acoustics & Technology
  • General Contractor: Absher Construction Company

 

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Rose Hill Middle School/Stella Schola, presented by Bassetti Architects and Lake Washington School District.

 

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Redhook Brewery, 14300 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA  98072

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:15 PM
"This is the Future: Inglemoor Design, Engineering, Architecture (IDEA)"
Presented By: Students and Staff from Inglemoor High School and NAC Architecture

AIA Credit Approved

Rates

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early) $55.00
Late (Members) $55.00
Late (Non-Members) $60.00
School Districts $30.00

 

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to A4LE, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

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

 


 

Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
The Tacoma Art Museum (TAM)
1701 Pacific Ave Tacoma, WA 98402

Guests will be able to visit 2 selected art exhibits in the museum, Dale Chihuly Collection and Northwest in the West: Exploring our Roots, from 6:15 to 7:15 pm at no charge.

Dinner will be served and as is our tradition for the holidays is at no charge to our guests. Guests will receive 2 drink tickets, additional beverages will be no-host.

 


 

Chapter Tour & Dinner Meeting

September 23, 2015

Please join us for a tour of the Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA), 2400 15th Avenue SE, Olympia, WA 98501 presented by TCF Architecture

Indian Summer Golf & County Club, 5900 Troon Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98501

PROJECT ATTRIBUTES:

Olympia Regional Learning Academy

Relocated to a parcel once occupied by the Olympia School District's McKinley Elementary, the new Olympia Regional Learning Academy (ORLA) restores education and vibrancy to its site through a garden-like setting offering students a range of indoor and outdoor learning experiences.

ORLA is a multi-use learning venue, suiting the specialized needs of its four user groups, including: “hConnect”, a resource for home-school families offering a multitude of courses as supplementary education; “ORLA Montessori”, a K-5 program suited to a more hands-on and self-directed style of learning; and “iConnect Academy”, an online option for grades 6-12. The On-Line Development Center serves as a District-wide eLearning resource for all schools, and provides professional development opportunities for teachers.

The academy’s generous hallways, interspersed with informal gathering spaces, form an easy-to-monitor, secure layout, that accommodate the flow of large families, parents with strollers, and visitor groups. Family members are invited to wait on-campus while students attend classes, and atypical amenities facilitate their comfort and convenience – allowing flexible space to eat, play, entertain toddlers, relax, and conduct business.  While iConnect, hConnect, ORLA Montessori and the ODC are generally located by zone, cross-over use of special purpose spaces such as the cooking classroom, roof top gardens and science labs is encouraged.  Shared by all, and representing the symbolic ‘heart’ of the school, the commons/performing arts center provides an expansive, multi-functional place for all ORLA learners to unite.

Combined input and expertise – contributed during design by district and school staff, parents, the general contractor and design team through GC/CM delivery – shaped the creation of the school’s cutting edge systems, strategies for sustainability and unique aesthetic.  The final Energy Life Cycle Cost Analysis resulted in an EUI (Energy Use Intensity) of 24.7 without renewables, bringing the high performance building into the range of achieving a cost-efficient, net-zero energy status, once rooftop photovoltaic panels are purchased and installed.

 


 

Chapter Tour & Dinner Meeting

June 25, 2015

School Tour of Shorecrest High School by Integrus Architecture

PROJECT ATTRIBUTES:

 

  • Responsiveness to program, or unique program requirements
    Shorecrest High School is a comprehensive high school that replaced existing programs while planning for long-term growth. The Shoreline School District is particularly unique in that it decided to replace the district’s two high schools simultaneously, with two different design teams, while maintaining student programs.
  • Innovative Solutions
    The phasing of this project is particularly fascinating as the students and their programs remained functional on-site during the whole development the site.
  • Sustainable Design Strategies
    The design process focused on the integration of primary building systems including HVAC, daylighting, and an efficient building envelope. The selected mechanical system was evaluated for energy consumption, first cost, life-cycle cost, and integration with other systems. Extensive use of rain gardens eliminated any need for below-grade storm water retention.
  • Adaptability to Changes in Educational Delivery
    In anticipation of changing curriculum needs the school buildings were developed with the approach that the buildings envelopes were to last 100 years, and the internal functions of the building needed to be adaptable to changing educational modalities. This resulted in a process of design that carefully considered structural order, mechanical HVAC and plumbing routing, and test-fit programs throughout the building to anticipate future modifications.
  • Positive Aesthetics and Materials Use
    Strategies to minimize the number of materials needed to provide durable surfaces were integrated into the design. Thus, concrete and block walls serve multiple purposes - providing gravity and seismic structural needs, providing thermal mass to minimize the impact of temperature swings (both in floors and walls), and exposed block and concrete walls are durable and will not require life-long painting and patching.
  • Reinforcement of the Surrounding Community
    Another interesting aspect of this high school is its responsiveness to site. Shorecrest High School is on a large site in a residential neighborhood with only one street as a neighbor, resulting in a campus-style development with three separate buildings.

 

The community is very happy with the high school, and has told us repeatedly that “we did it!”

 


 

Chapter Tour

May 21, 2015
Our school tour of Saint Martin's University Cebula Hall &
Inge Marcus School of Engineering will be brought to us by McGranahan Architects.

 

 

The new Cebula Hall is a 26,900 s.f. 3-story facility that contains an Environmental Lab, Structures Lab, Thermal engineering Lab, Materials lab, CAD Modeling Lab, classrooms, seminar spaces, conference rooms, an engineering library, collaborative learning settings, administrative space for faculty and the dean of the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering.

 

The arrangement of spaces in the Cebula Hall focuses on beneficial relationships that encourage collaboration and educational cross pollination. Transparency, proximity and access to shared spaces are key to the success. Spaces inside and out are organized to capitalize on collaborative and impromptu learning opportunities. The result is a healthy environment that makes studying, researching and discussing invigorating, effective and immersive.

Many of the building’s structural, civil and mechanical systems are displayed or “peeled back” to facilitate dialogue and support the school’s curriculum by surrounding faculty and students with real world examples of their studies. The roof lab includes two dual axis solar panels that allow students to study the benefits of tracking devices, solar orientation and the production of solar energy. This will be an area of research and study for the school given the importance of affordable renewable energy sources and the influence that engineering will have on solving that challenge.

 

  • Innovative Solutions
    This project utilized a “team build” process which brought the general contractor and consultants on board early in the design process. Through a collaborative effort between the University, architect, engineers, general contractor and consultants, a goal of LEED Platinum was set and achieved: Cebula Hall scored 97 out of 110 LEED points making it the highest rated LEED Platinum building in the Western Hemisphere and 3rd highest in the world. The building was completed for a modest $225 per square foot and boasts an EUI of 18.25 kBtu/ft2.

 

The University expressed a desire to have solar photovoltaics. The design team elected to use a thin film technology that was integrated directly into the roofing material. Not requiring an upgraded structural system or solar racking system helped keep the costs in line and also allowed for two dual axis solar tracking arrays. Tracking arrays were provided for student interaction and training on an adjacent rooftop lab.

 

Driving Directions: From I-5 (Exit 108/109), Head south on College Street to Lacey Boulevard, turn left, then left again at Franz Street to the entrance at Pacific Avenue and Father Meinrad Gaul Drive, to the Worthington Center Parking lot.

Kerry Goodwin of Sonitrol will be discussing the latest in school safety technology.

Jesus M. Villahermosa, Jr.  a nationally recognized expert in school and workplace related violence will present "Crisis Reality Training". Jesus’s provoking ideas given with a humorous note and interactive style will surely inspire us to help make our school a safer place to learn, teach, and work!

 


 

Chapter Tour

March 26, 2015

Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Avenue N, Shoreline WA 98133

Click here for a map

shoreline.edu home

This will be a unique school tour, as the Shoreline School District decided to replace its two high schools simultaneously, with two different design teams (Bassetti and Integrus), while maintaining student programs.

Shorewood High School Tour hosted by Bassetti Architects:

  • Shoreline Schools planned and re-built Shorewood and Shorecrest High Schools ( June 25th tour with Integrus) on parallel timelines, resulting in the largest amount of construction in the history of Shoreline.
  • The incorporation of the landmarked Ronald School building into the new design not only reinforces the importance of the history and culture of the community, but also shows a dynamic solution that can evolve from the integration of 21st century learning and a 100 year old school building.
  • By designing to minimize the building footprint, the team enabled a more efficient use of site with fields, courts, and parking.
  • The school is seamlessly zoned for public use in evenings and on weekends.

 

Topic: Healthy and Safe Routes to School

 

Walking and biking to school benefits student health and can reduce vehicle congestion around school sites. Chris Saleeba (Senior Urban Designer with Cascade Design Collaborative) and Brian Dougherty (Safe Routes to School Coordinator at Seattle Department of Transportation) will discuss the planning and implementation of street improvement projects that aim to increase safety and promote walking and biking to school. They will also review funding strategies and present recent case studies that showcase how school districts and municipalities can work together to improve active transportation infrastructure.

 


 

Chapter Tour

February 26, 2014

 

We will be touring the Bethel School District Central Kitchen & Transportation Facility presented by Bassetti Architects.

 

  • The first design-build project authorized for a K-12 District in Washington enabled the district to get the maximum useful facility on a limited budget.
  • By placing the bus driver training and lounge areas above the transportation administrative area, the design team took advantage of the volume required for bus maintenance and simplified the construction
  • Use of Revit for both and construction and design documents along with the use of the Revit model  in the field by the  construction team.
  • Implementation Blubeam software with tables for as-builts, M&O manuals and punch lists.
  • The test kitchen is adaptable for use as a culinary arts facility
  • Kitchen was design to meet the changing federal requirements for  USDA nutrition standards in public schools

 

 

Speaker:
Jim Hansen, Director of Construction & Planning Bethel School District, will discuss the Design Build process.  Bethel's Central Kitchen & Transportation Facility is the first design build project by a public school district in the state of Washington.

Presenter:
Bassetti Architects

 


 

Chapter Tour

Thursday, January 22, 2015

tour
Chinook Middle School
2001 98th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98004

Chinook Middle School

Chinook Middle School's mission is to provide an exemplary college preparatory education that will establish a strong foundation for the success of students' future educational and life pursuits. Accordingly, development of a flexible, personalized educational environment that supports multiple programs and instructional methodologies became the overarching theme for Chinook's replacement, as developed by the project planning committee. The provision of outdoor space for learning and social interaction, and the integration of interior and exterior environments were additional design drivers.

Home to more than 1,000 students, the scale of this 143,500 SF school is mitigated through a design solution that features two academic wings emanating from a central core that houses the commons, music and theater programs, and connects via a 'main street' circulation spine to the gymnasium and athletic program areas.

Speaker:
Jean-Claude Letourneau of Schacht Aslani Architects will be speaking on the new LCCT guidelines.

Presenters:
BLRB Architects

 


 

Chapter Holiday Party

December 11, 2014
6:00 – 10:00 pm

The Lemay Car Museum
2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
Collection Gallery Level 2

 


 

Chapter Tour & Dinner Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

tour with Mithun
The Northwest School Gymnasium, Theater and Dining Facility
401 E. Pike, Seattle, WA 98122

The Northwest School Gymnasium

What Makes this Educational Facility of Interest to School District Planners?
As our population grows and the density of cities and urban metro areas increases, tighter sites and the urban context for schools will become more prevalent. One of the barriers for families returning to cities has been the paucity of both quality urban schools and areas for fitness and outdoor play. This building provides a model for a vertical layering, and engagement with the urban context that will become more prevalent in the coming years.

The Northwest School is a 450-student independent school housed in the historic Summit School building in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The new gymnasium, dining and theater facility represents a significant expansion of the campus and a new face for the school on bustling Pike Street. With this prominent urban location, the new 30,000 SF building is designed to integrate program-driven learning, gathering and play spaces within the rich fabric of this dense urban environment, enriching community within and around the school. In this way, the project serves as an interesting case study for school district planners considering the development of new school buildings within the inner city and other dense sites.

dinner
Rainier Chapter House
800 E Roy Street Seattle 98102
5:30 pm

Rainier Chapter House

 


 

Chapter Tour & Dinner Meeting

September 25, 2014

 

tour
Federal Way Service Center
1211 S 332nd Street, Federal Way, WA 98003

 

Federal Way Service Center

 

dinner
Federal Way Community Center
876 S 333rd Street, Federal Way, WA 98003

 


 

SUMMER Symposium:

June 25, 2014
The Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

 

Outdoor Learning - Elements, Attributes & Curriculum: A One Day Symposium exploring the challenges and opportunities to create effective outdoor learning environments. The symposium will be led by a panel of experts from OSPI, educators from Tacoma's SAMI School the Mercer Island School district and independent environmental consultants.

As the state implements the Washington State Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) all districts will need to address new modalities of learning. One opportunity will be to move learning out of the classroom and into the landscape.

This symposium will begin with a core presentation of the NGSS by Gilda Wheeler (Program Supervisor, Sustainability and Science – OSPI) and Fred Rundle (Director of Learning Services – Mercer Island SD). Small groups will be lead on an extended investigation of the Reserve, exploring opportunities and applications of the NGSS. Lunch will be provided. The afternoon will allow for personal investigation and reflection on the NGSS in the landscape culminating in a group discussion and distillation of ideas at the historic main residence.

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

June 25, 2014
Wilkes Elementary School
Bainbridge Island School District
12781 Madison Ave NE, Bainbridge Island, WA

 

Wilkes Elementary School Wilkes Elementary School
Mahlum photos by Benjamin Benschneider

 

Recently recognized locally by the AIA Washington Council Civic Awards and nationally by AIA CAE Design Awards.

 

The Kiana Lodge
14976 Sandy Hook Rd. NE
Poulsbo WA 98370

 


 

2014 Golf Tournament

 

Golf Tournament

Friday, June 13, 2014
Support your Chapter with our primary fundraiser for the year. Create your foursome or sign up to sponsor today!

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

May 21, 2014
Raisbeck Aviation High School

tour
Raisbeck Aviation High School
Highline School District
9229 East Marginal Way S
Tukwila, WA 98108

 

dinner
McKinstry Innovation Center
210 S. Hudson St. Seattle, WA 98134

 

program
Washington Green Schools
...is a nonprofit program supported by government agencies, individuals, businesses and foundations. Its robust educational resources are available to all public and private K-12 schools in Washington state. Washington Green Schools challenges students and communities to create a sustainable region through educational experiences that transform school environments.

 


 

2014 Spring Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Join your friends and colleagues for this celebration of quality learning environments. View the schools, enjoy the box lunch, and let the bus driver worry about traffic and parking. Relax, learn and make new friends in the school facilities community.

 

2014 Spring Bus Tour
Renton, Lake Washington and Bellevue School Districts

 

Schedule
We meet at BENJAMIN RUSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Integrus / Lake Washington SD) at 9:00 am and tour the facility. From there we board the bus and visit:

  • JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Mahlum / Lake Washington SD)
  • ALEXANDER GRAHAM BELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (DLR Group / Lake Washington SD)
  • MEADOW CREST EARLY LEARNING CENTER (BLRB / Renton SD)
  • CHERRY CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (NAC Architecture / Bellevue SD)

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

March 19, 2014
STEM Secondary

 

 

tour
STEM Secondary School
Lake Washington School District
4301 288th Ave NE
Redmond, WA 98053

 

dinner
Sahalee Country Club
21200 NE Sahalee Country Club Drive
Sammamish, WA 98074

program
CEFPI National Branding
Steve Olson, PNWR Representative to the International Board
Renee Alexander, PNWR Regional President

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

February 26, 2014
Hillside Elementary School

 

 

tour
Hillside Elementary School
6399 Magnolia Blvd
Joint Base Lewis McChord
Fort Lewis, WA 98433

 

dinner
Tacoma Country & Golf Club
13204 Country Club Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

program
Sister Schools by Terry McGill, Founder
Sister Schools teaches compassion, service, and social responsibility by partnering students in donor schools with children in need.

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

January 22, 2014

tour
University of Washington Ethnic Cultural Center
3931 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

 

driving directions
Via Interstate 5 NORTH:

  • Head north on I-5 N toward exit 166
  • Take exit 168B to merge onto WA-520 East toward Bellevue/Kirkland
  • Take the Montlake Blvd exit
  • Turn left onto Montlake Blvd E
  • Turn left onto NE Pacific Street
  • Turn right onto Brooklyn Avenue NE
  • UW ECC will be on the left

Via Interstate 5 SOUTH:

  • Head south on I-5 S toward exit 172
  • Take exit 169 toward NE 45th Street
  • Merge onto 5th Avenue NE
  • Turn left onto NE 45th Street
  • Turn right onto Roosevelt Way NE
  • Turn left onto NE Campus Pkwy
  • Turn right onto Brooklyn Ave NE
  • UW ECC will be on the right

dinner
Phinney Neighborhood Center - Community Hall (red brick building)
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103

 


 

Holiday Social

December 11, 2013

UW Center for Urban Horticulture
Northwest Society Horticultural Hall
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
6pm - 9pm

 


 

School Tour & Dinner Meeting

October 22, 2013

tour
Valley View Middle School
Snohomish School District
14308 Broadway Ave. SE
Snohomish, WA 98296

Valley View Middle School

dinner
French Creek Manor
9931 167th Ave. SE
Snohomish, WA 98290

program
Brief Calendar Update & Call for Volunteers with Mitch Kent

directions
From I-5 to Valley View Middle School
Take Exit #186 for WA-96 East / 128th St SW
Continue east with 128th St SW becoming 132nd St SE, 134th Pl SE & Cathcart Way
Turn left onto WA-9 / Woodinville Snohomish RD
Turn right onto Broadway Ave
Continue for approximately 1 mile

From I-405 to Valley View Middle School
Take Exit #23 for WA-522 East toward Wenatchee / Woodinville / US-2
Merge onto WA-522 East
Exit on WA-9 North toward Snohomish / Arlington
Turn right onto 164th St SE
Turn left onto Broadway Ave
Continue for approximately 1.5 miles

 


 

Tour and Dinner Meeting

September 25, 2013

tour
Bellevue High School Modernization/Addition
Bellevue School District
10416 Wolverine Way SE, Bellevue, WA 98005

Bellevue High School
architect – NAC | Architecture
photography – Benjamin Benschneider

dinner
The Woodmark Hotel
1200 Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA 98033

program
Sustainability Ambassadors
...is a backbone organization facilitating collective impact to improve sustainable community conditions across generations and sectors. We integrate measures of community sustainability with measures of student achievement so that learning is rigorous, relevant and related to real-world community problem-solving.

directions to high school
From north of Bellevue
From I-405
Take exit 13A
Turn right onto NE 4th ST (0.6 mi.), turn left onto Bellevue Way SE (0.4 mi.), turn left onto SE Wolverine Way (0.2 mi.) to main parking lot

From South of Bellevue
From I-405
Take exit 12 toward 116th AVE SE, turn left onto Lake Hills Connector and continue (0.3 mi.) to 116th AVE SE, turn left onto Main ST and continue (0.7 mi.), turn left onto Bellevue Way SE (0.4 mi.), turn left onto SE Wolverine Way (0.2 mi.) to main parking lot

directions to dinner
Leave on SE Wolverine Way and turn right onto Bellevue Way SE, north (2.5 mi.), road changes to Lake Washington BLVD NE, (0.9 m), turn left onto Lakeview DR, turn left or right at stop sign for parking