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 Meeting

March 22, 2017

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

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

Click here to register online.

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.

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.

Inspired Designs

Washington Chapter Conference (click here to view site)

May 8-10, 2017
Inspired Designs, Inspirational Spaces
Hotel Murano
Tacoma, Washington


2017 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference (click here to view site)

May 17-19, 2017
Resilience: Creating Adaptable Learning Environments
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Banff, Alberta

Please use the group booking code A4LE / CEFPI when making your hotel reservation.

2017 Spring Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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.

Registration & Cost
Registration will close on Monday, April 10, 2017. Registration pays for the bus, lunch, snacks, and beverages. Space is limited, so register now!

Members: $55
Non-Members: $65
School District Employees: $30 special rate

Our schedule is still being developed, and a future notice regarding logistics will be distributed soon. Fortunately, since the schools are in close proximity to one another in West Seattle, we'll be able to visit four different Seattle Public Schools:
  • 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 and Dinner

SAVE THE DATES!!! The Washington Chapter has put together a great list of events for the upcoming year. Details will be released shortly before the actual events, however we hope you can block out the days listed below and join us:

May 8-10, 2017 Washington State Chapter Conference
June 28, 2017 Tour and Dinner Program, TBD

Congratulations to the 2016 Award Winners!

Al Beck Award

Shannon McLaughlin, CPSM, LEED AP 
Hargis Engineers Inc.

Polished Apple Award

A.G. Bell Elementary School
Lake Washington School District
DLR Group

Merle Kirkley Scholarship
Davidson Norris, Walla Walla

People's Choice – Polished Apple

John Muir Elementary School
Lake Washington School District
Mahlum Architects

Merit Award – Polished Apple

Olympia Regional Learning Academy
Olympia School District
TCF Architecture PLLC

Shorewood High School
Shoreline School District
Bassetti Architects