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 and Dinner Program

February 22, 2017


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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.


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.



Association for Learning Environments
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

The Pacific Northwest Region is pleased to offer a scholarship up to $1500 to a PNR member of the Association who is working in the profession of school planning and design.  The funds shall be used to attend the Pacific Northwest Regional Conference in Banff, Alberta, CA, May 17-19, 2017. The purpose of this scholarship is to expand the mission of the Association by making this important conference available to persons who might otherwise not be able to attend.

Click here for the application and details.
Deadline: February 28, 2017


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:

March 22, 2017 Tour Salish Middle School, North Thurston SD
April, 2017 School Bus Tour (schools and date in development)
May 8-10, 2017 Washington State Chapter Conference
June 28, 2017 Tour and Dinner Program, TBD


New Job posting in Washington: Click here to view


Facilities Communication & Public Engagement Manager


Lake Washington School District
Redmond WA

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