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

June 21, 2017


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


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.


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.

Inspired Designs

Washington Chapter Conference



If you would like to be added to a waitlist, please email Donna Robinson at donna@a4le.org

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.

In Memoriam: Greg Hepp

November 7, 1951 – May 21, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce to the A4LE community the passing of one of our members, Greg Hepp. Greg was an incredible person who cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his colleagues. His spirit, humor, and good deeds lifted the lives of many and will continue to bring joy to those fortunate to know him. His legacy of sustainable design, leadership, and contributions to the profession of architecture live on.

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:

June 28, 2017 Tour and Dinner Program, TBD

Congratulations to the 2017
Award Winners!

Al Beck Award

Greg Hepp

Polished Apple Award

Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School
Seattle Public Schools
NAC Architecture

Jonah Jensen, Steve Moore, Chris Duvall, Guy Overman, Phillip Riedel, Karen Wood

People's Choice – Polished Apple

McCarver Elementary School
Tacoma Public Schools
DLR Group

Jonah Jensen, Noah Greenberg, Melissa English, Chris Caffee, Lisa Johnson, Craig Stauffer, Kas Kinkead, Steve Murakami, Karen Wood

Merit Award – Polished Apple

Bates Advanced Technology Center
Bates Technical College
McGranahan Architects

Jonah Jensen, Shannon McLaughlin, Melissa English, Kas Kinkead, Dhiren Babaria, Seong Shin, Brett Santhuff, Karen Wood

Northwood Elementary School
Mercer Island School District
Mahlum Architects

Craig Stauffer, JoAnn Wilcox, Kas Kinkead, David Mount, Jonah Jensen