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Tour and Happy Hour

June 28, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Vancouver Innovation, Technology, and Arts Elementary School
1111 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663

Vancouver Innovation, Technology, and Arts Elementary School
Vancouver Innovation, Technology, and Arts Elementary School
Flexible, forward thinking and filled with the Joy of Learning, the design for Vancouver Innovation, Technology, and Arts (VITA) Elementary School (known as VITA) makes collaboration, innovation and connectivity a part of the daily experience. The project-based learning elementary school will focus on arts, innovation, and technology, while bringing these disciplines together at a campus that has been created to nurture curiosity, design thinking, innovation and most of all instill a joy of learning. Brightened by a flood of natural light, the 63,454 sf building features high ceilings and open, learning studios that can be reconfigured to accommodate larger groups and lecture-style demonstrations. This caters well to its multidisciplinary, exploratory curriculum and reinforces a sense of connection across the site. An abundance of windows and access points offer students and teachers a view to the playground and outdoors, where the learning experience extends into various play spaces. In addition to the neurological benefits of natural daylight, these qualities also promote a more energy-efficient campus. Additional features that will reduce VITA’s carbon footprint include a smaller than typical building footprint, ability to be ready for 32kW of photovoltaic panels on the rooftop, dimmable LED lighting and occupancy sensors, efficient HVAC, and 95% efficient water heaters. This project brought our architectural and interior studio teams together to produce an interior experience that is inquisitive, inspirational , flexible and fun. Bright colors and natural materials provide the backdrop to the learning experience throughout the building and across the campus.

Key learning objectives include how to attenuate sound in an open learning environment, providing flexibility and security in an open learning environment, providing opportunities for voice and choice by students in an educational environment and objectives for planning for future partnerships and expansion opportunities.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: LSW Architects, P.C.
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway
Structural Engineer: Kramer Gehlen & Associates Structural Engineers
Electrical & Mechanical Engineers: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.
Contractor: Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc.
Specialized Consultants:
  Acoustical Engineer: MBF Audiovisual & Acoustical Consulting LLC;
  Theater Consultant: PLA Designs Performance Space Consultants;
  Food Service Consultant: Halliday Associates;
  Cost Consultant: Roen Associates;
  Envelope Consultant: Morrison Hershfield
  Nature Play: Nature Play Designs;
  Building Commissioning: Elevate Building Commissioning
  Owner: Vancouver Public Schools

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Vancouver Innovation, Technology, and Arts Elementary School
2901 Falk Rd.
Vancouver, WA 98661
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Ben’s Bottle Shop
8052 E Mill Plain Blvd, #2002
Vancouver, WA 98664

Members: Free | Non-members: $20


In-Person or Virtual Tour and Happy Hour

May 17, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
3101 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98663

Vancouver School of Arts
Vancouver School of Arts
Vancouver School of Arts
Attendees on this tour will see the renovation and addition of Vancouver School for Arts and Academics (VSAA). Bassetti worked with Vancouver Public Schools to re-orient the front of the school, while adding many important elements such as a new administrative block, additional science laboratories, re-purposing old spaces into new classrooms, a black-box theatre and commons, and a secure courtyard area. In working with stakeholders to understand the needs of the school, it was clear that the renovation needed to increase parking at the school, while also creating new points of entry and exit for a more efficient site design and increased school community. The new, two-story addition will include a new student commons and theatrical black box theatre that can be co-joined to allow for the critical school’s program where the entire school assembles to showcase student work. In addition to the commons and black box theatre, the addition will add two robust science classrooms to support the active science program, as well as outdoor lab space to be utilized as an extension of the classroom. Attendees will see how student artwork is at the forefront of the school design, including a glazed exterior that looks into a student gallery featuring custom rotating partitions that will be used to display student work. Additionally, a screen element featuring student artwork will be featured alongside the courtyard, as well as wood paneling throughout the addition and renovation to showcase student work. As part of the renovation, the former black-box theatre in the existing school building will be converted into four classrooms to accommodate the growing student population, allowing for up to 200 additional students to attend the school.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the unique programming of VSAA as a specialized arts program, and how the renovation and addition will add space to enhance this programming, as well as add showcasing opportunities for student art and performance.
  • See the added outdoor space, including a secure courtyard, and understand how this space will contribute to student creativity and innovation.
  • Understand how the site was reorganized to create a more cohesive and pronounced entry and exit for the school community.
  • Learn the unique complexities of a phased project on an occupied site.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Bassetti Architects
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Electrical / Mechanical Engineer: BCE Engineers
Civil Engineer: HHPR (Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.)
Contractor: Woodburn Construction
Specialized Consultants:
  Acoustics: The Greenbusch Group, Inc. Theatre – PLA
  Owner: Vancouver Public Schools

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
3101 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98663
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Trap Door Brewery
2315 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

In-person or virtual: must register by 5 pm on May 16. Virtual link will be sent morning of the event.


In-Person or Virtual Tour and Happy Hour

April 19, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Marshall Elementary/McLoughlin Middle School
5802 MacArthur Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661

Marshall Elementary/ McLoughlin Middle School
Marshall Elementary/ McLoughlin Middle School
Marshall Elementary/ McLoughlin Middle School
Marshall Elementary/ McLoughlin Middle School
Marshall Elementary and McLoughlin Middle School consist of nearly 199,000 sf of new construction with portions of both schools on two stories. McLoughlin will house around 900 students, whereas Marshall will house around 420 students, including 100 students from the district’s pre-kindergarten special education program. The two schools are laid out in an east-west orientation and are linked together at the spine to share resources such as the media center and kitchen. Both schools used sustainable materials through the extensive use of laminated strand lumber (LSL) studs, cross-laminated timber (CLT). All classrooms are organized into learning community clusters with teacher and student collaboration spaces and specialized maker and fabrication spaces interspersed. A large commons in each school brings people together for meals and events.

Other attributes that are central to the vision of the project:
  • Variety and flexibility of spaces
  • Minimized potential for external and internal threats
  • Accommodation for different needs of a diverse student body
  • Comfortable circulation and gathering
  • Strong connection to the exterior
  • Display of student products and processes throughout
  • Spaces for reflection, processing, and renewal
  • Separation of learning communities from public areas
  • Welcoming to the public
  • Accommodations for the youngest kids and special education on the lower floor

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the biophilic design drivers.
  • Describe the connection to the greater scale beyond the new school (ie. exterior complimenting the residential setting).
  • Describe the CLT used for design and purposeful use as a structural system.
  • Define the color use throughout building/ transparency/security.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: LSW Architects, P.C.
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway
Structural Engineer: KGA
Electrical / Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: Robertson Engineering
Contractor: Skanska
Specialized Consultants:
Acoustical: MBF, John Hardwick // Electrical Engineering: PAE, Aric Goe // Theater: PLA Design, Paul Luntsford // Cost Estimating: Architectural Costing Consulting, Terence Walton
Owner: Vancouver Public Schools

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Marshall Elementary/ McLoughlin Middle School
6400 MacArthur Blvd
Vancouver, WA 98661
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Ben’s Bottle Shop
8052 E Mill Plain Blvd., #2002
Vancouver, WA 98664

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

In-person or virtual: must register by 5 pm on April 18. Virtual link will be sent morning of the event.

Masks will be required for in person attendees.

Event Sponsor:


In-Person (or Virtual) Tour and Happy Hour

April 5, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific

McDaniel High School
2735 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220

Adrienne C. Nelson HS
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
This tour will highlight the complex modernization of McDaniel HS (was Madison) from a 1950's factory-aesthetic building to a vibrant home for student-centered 21st century education. Funded by the 2017 PPS Bond, McDaniel HS houses all learning spaces indicated in the PPS Education Specifications. McDaniel HS sits along NE 82nd at the leading edge of the Alameda Ridge. Site design and interior courtyards reflect the hydraulic and geologic forces that shaped this landscape. Interior courtyards provide outdoor learning spaces securely surrounded by the building. Set between city parks, the unique landscape is enriched with diverse trees and plants which support the school’s ecology program. The Sustainable Agriculture program includes a garden and (future) greenhouse to teach urban agriculture year-round. New paved lots improve pedestrian/bike/vehicular circulation. All stormwater is resolved on site and runoff from lots is cleaned in vegetated swales. The new stadium seats 1,850-spectators. New turf fields for softball and baseball provide equal access to modern facilities. The completed project includes 150,000-sf of renovated spaces and 150,000-sf of new construction. Renovated portions were stripped down to brick and concrete to eliminate hazardous materials. These structures were seismically strengthened to current code. The tour will show how Guiding Principles generated through extensive outreach and engagement workshops are reflected in the final plan and design. Equity and inclusion are enhanced by a double height commons and social stair that connects all three academic levels and four sectors of the school. Flexible Learning spaces are in key locations to support academic work and foster a sense of student ownership. CTE and Maker Spaces are given pride of place on the entry level, where hands-on process is made visible. McDaniel includes many sustainable features and is registered with the certification goal of LEED Silver®.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how the Guiding Principles generated through extensive outreach and engagement are incorporated into the final design.
  • Explore sustainable construction and systems uniquely focused on students and learning.
  • Understand life safety constrains in modernized buildings, especially when new and existing construction are interwoven.
  • See how flexible, student centered spaces connect and enrich open areas and circulation in a large multi-story school.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Opsis
Landscape Architect: Mayer/Reed
Structural Engineer: ABHT Structural Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Reyes Engineering
Civil Engineer: Mazzetti
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Contractor: Fortis Construction
Specialized Consultants: DAO Architecture, PLA Designs, The Greenbusch Group, Lensa Consulting, Rider Levett Bucknall, Code UL, Halliday Associates, PBS Environmental, Angelo Planning Group, Peter Meijer Architects, DKS Associates

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
McDaniel High School
2735 NE 82nd Ave
Portland, OR 97220
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Laurelwood Public House and Brewery
5115 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97213

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

In-person or virtual: must register by 5 pm on April 4. Virtual link will be sent morning of the event.

Masks will be required for in person attendees.


JEDI Panel

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Session #3 – Opportunities and Next Steps
JEDI The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is committed to addressing the entrenched systemic inequities that have long permeated our professions, learning environments, and society. We recognize that organizations are stronger and more effective when they truly reflect the diverse populations they serve. A Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has been established to provide leadership in furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) for all A4LE members and communities we serve.

The ultimate goal is to create better learning experiences, better learning environments, and a better world.

The A4LE OR/SW Washington chapter is committed to understand the systemic inequities that have long permeated our professions, learning environments, and society. Please join us for part 3 of our series of roundtable discussions which will include breakout sessions where the audience will have the opportunity to provide input on A4LE’s JEDI initiatives.

Karina Ruiz Karina Ruiz, Principal, BRIC Architecture
Gustavo Velo-Morena Gustavo Velo-Morena, Mechanical Engineer, PAE Consulting Engineers
Klarissa Hightower Klarissa Hightower, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, Evergreen Public Schools
Curtis Wilson Curtis Wilson, Principal, Benson High School
Paul Quach Paul Quach, Student, North Salem High School
Chandra Robinson Chandra Robinson, Principal, Lever Architecture

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 5 pm Pacific on March 15. The link to join will be sent on the morning of March 16.


In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

February 22, 2022
4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Adrienne C. Nelson High School
14897 SE Parklane Dr.
Happy Valley, OR 97015

Adrienne C. Nelson HS
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
This high school tour takes you on a journey through the perspective of an architect and engineer while giving insight into the community and school district engagement during the design of the project, and the project’s lasting impact. Highlighted along the way will be answers to modern-day K-12 retrofits: How did the project pencil-out and come within budget for the school district? How did the project address ventilation and indoor air quality before a pandemic? How does the project address equality in programming for ever-changing classroom learning needs? How was the community engaged in design, and how is the community at-large considered now? What are the sustainable elements? What are the modern security and technology features? Adrienne C. Nelson High School, honoring the first African American to serve as a Supreme Court Justice and Court of Appeals in Oregon, is a full conversion and expansion from a middle school to a high school. At 270,000 square feet total, there was 130,000 square feet of renovation and 140,000 feet of additions. Making sure to accommodate future growth, the retrofit expanded the library and science labs, and remodeled the health, counseling, and special education classrooms while expanding the kitchen and dining areas. Additional elements of design included a new physical education wing (new main gym, lockers, wrestling, and auxiliary gym revision) and anew performing arts wing (with rehearsal rooms, black box theatre and 625-seat auditorium). The project started in 2017, broke ground in 2019, and students went to their new school for the first year this fall. Throughout the tour, you will visit the two-story classroom wing, second-floor classrooms over the existing first floor, performing arts wing with a full-size auditorium and black box theater, orchestral and choir rooms, the new gym facilities as well as the athletic complex including the football field, track and field, and all of the facilities at Hood View Park. Interestingly, the project is named for a prominent Oregon woman, and it also had a predominantly woman-led engineering team, with PAE’s Katie Zabrocki as Mechanical Lead, Victoria Haynes as Plumbing Lead, Kara Manis leading building information modeling, and Luma’s Jackie Kingen as Lighting Lead. We hope to share inspiring stories with our community such as these on the tour.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how a retrofit project can pencil out for a K-12 project while achieving high-performance sustainability standards and give tools for other projects to do the same.
  • Understand community-focused outcomes in K-12 design such as healthy materials for indoor air-quality, equality for indoor learning environments, flexible programming for interior school design, and beneficial spaces for the community at large.
  • Identify and recognize the importance of an integrated team approach to leverage project goals with certifications, district needs, community input, and design decisions for the site for the duration of the project.
  • Define and list key relationships between architectural, engineering, technology, lighting, and other site considerations for an educational project.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Bora Architects
Landscape Architect: Lango Hansen
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: HHPR
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis)
   Plumbing: PAE
   Lighting: Luma
   Technology: PAE
   Fire Protection: PAE
   Theater: The Shalleck Collaborative
   Construction: Lease Crutcher Lewis
   Project Management – Day CPM/Otak

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Adrienne C. Nelson HS
14897 SE Parklane Dr.
Happy Valley, OR 97015
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Happy Valley Station Food Carts
13551 SE 145th Ave.
Happy Valley, OR 97015

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Masks are required while on campus.


Live AirMeet Virtual Meeting

Tuesday, February 15, 2022
4:30 – 6:00 pm

On the Boards: Learning Environments in Process
Join us for a fun evening of engaging presentations by school designers and facility planners as they share projects that are currently in design. Each presenter will share a single project that is “on the boards”, in an abbreviated Pecha Kucha style slide format: 10 slides x 20 seconds per slide. Projects can be at any point in the design process, from concept to construction documents.

If you don’t know about Pecha Kucha, check it out here: www.pechakucha.com/about.

If you are a chapter member, or affiliated with a company or district that is a member of A4LE OR/SW WA Chapter, you are invited to submit your presentation. There is no cost for submission, but event sponsors are always welcome! Send your interest in participating to the contact below, and more information will be shared on the format and process. We hope you will join us either as a presenter or just as a member of the audience!

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Deadline for interest and submissions is Friday, February 11 at 5:00 pm.
Contact for questions and submissions: Joe Echeverri.

Link to join will be sent on Monday, February 14.


Virtual or In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

January 25, 2022
4:00 pm Pacific

Kalama Middle School
548 China Garden Road
Kalama, WA 98625

New Urban HS
New Urban HS
New Urban HS
Kalama Middle School is the first intentionally separated middle school for Kalama School District. For the District and community, it was important that the new middle school paid homage to the historic 80 year old high school while also having its own unique identity. It was equally important that it had a similar aesthetic and language as the elementary school that was completed and occupied in 2020 to give a cohesiveness between a North and South Campus. Adjoining an existing gymnasium on site, the new middle school shares a library and commons space with the high school.

The new middle school is organized by two small learning communities. These learning communities utilize virtually every square foot to learning. A learning commons with a small group room and teacher planning binds the classrooms together and provides ample opportunity for personalized learning. Transparency between these programs was essential to their successful utilization.

Kalama is steeped in a history intertwined with shipping, logging, and the railway. Unofficially incorporated on November 29, 1871, it became the terminus to the Northern Pacific Railway from Goble, Oregon. It served as the terminus until 1874 when the Northern Pacific Railway moved its headquarters to Tacoma. The railway built a dock and a sawmill and other amenities important to a town on the cusp of development. Soon after completion of the rail in 1871, Kalama’s town motto became “Rail Meets Sail”. To honor to this rich history, the new middle school’s materiality, structure, and form draws from the iconography associated with it. Steel columns at the entry canopy loosely play on the railway trellises that are critical to the railway infrastructure. They are also reminiscent of old boxcars. Cast concrete benches abstractly replicate cast moorings as a nod to the shipping industry.

Learning Objectives:
  • Create a sense of place in a new building that is informed by broad stakeholder engagement.
  • Plan a learning environment that is easily secured while still welcoming.
  • Create contemporary learning environments that support multiple modalities of learning.
  • Design a learning environment that passively supports emotional and social well-being.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: BLRB Architects
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Electrical Engineer: Sazan Group
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Contractor: Emerick Construction
Owners Representative: Construction Services Group
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical/AV: Stantec
   Food Service: Halliday Associates
   Cost Estimating: Robinson Company
   Survey/Hazardous Mat: PBS Engineering and Environmental
   Geotechincal: Geoengineers
   Hardware: Allegion

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Hybrid Tour
Kalama Middle School
548 China Garden Road
Kalama, WA 98625
4:00 – 4:15 pm Introductions and brief description at Kalama MS Commons
4:15 – 4:45 pm Tour the middle school
4:45 – 5:00 pm Tour HS STEM space and CTE
5:00 – 5:30 pm Tour the elementary school (for those interested)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
McMenamins Harbor Lodge
215 Hendrickson Drive
Kalama, WA 98625

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

In-person: masks are required while on campus. If you register for in-person, you will not receive a link to join virtually.


JEDI Panel

January 18, 2022
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Session #2 – Roadblocks and Challenges
The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is committed to addressing the entrenched systemic inequities that have long permeated our professions, learning environments, and society. We recognize that organizations are stronger and more effective when they truly reflect the diverse populations they serve. A Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has been established to provide leadership in furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) for all A4LE members and communities we serve.

The ultimate goal is to create better learning experiences, better learning environments, and a better world.

As a first step, the A4LE OR/SW Washington chapter will host a series of roundtable discussions, from a diverse set of voices, to understand the situation in our community. Please join us for part 2 of our series where we will address the topic of Roadblocks and Challenges that people face.

Karina Ruiz Karina Ruiz, Principal, BRIC Architecture
Paul Quach Paul Quach, Student, North Salem High School
Gustavo Velo-Morena Gustavo Velo-Morena, Mechanical Engineer, PAE Consulting Engineers
Klarissa Hightower Klarissa Hightower, Executive Director of Equity and Inclusion, Evergreen Public Schools

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Registration closes on January 17 at 6 pm.


Virtual or In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

January 11, 2022
4:30 pm Pacific

New Urban High School
1901 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Oak Grove, OR 97267

New Urban HS
New Urban HS
New Urban HS
New Urban HS
New Urban HS
Combining a non-traditional setting with arts-based curriculum, this application-based school emphasizes the importance of creativity and project-based learning. With a maximum student population of 200, the New Urban High School (NUHS) in downtown Oak Grove provides an alternative school setting where small class sizes allow teachers to devote their attention to each individual student. The new 38,899 sf building features a media center, art room, commons, Career Technical Education (CTE) classroom, science labs, classrooms, and a gym. The project scope included the renovation of an existing one-story adjacent classroom building to be used for temporary classroom facilities and will eventually house community groups to complete the campus. The two-story, light-filled Commons serves as the living room of the school and a focal connecter of all the surrounding learning spaces. The Commons will serve many functions for the student body, including a student art gallery – recalling the character of the historic school, and giving students the ability to imprint their school and foster a sense of ownership. The Commons helps to create a strong sense of identity and home for a diverse cross section students and teachers. The building will also be home to the Oak Grove Center (a self-contained expulsion alternative program for middle and high school students) as well as Twilight, an after-hours degree completion program.

Learning Objectives:
  • Analyze key characteristics of the design which support a unique alternative high school program.
  • Identify how the design team worked to reimagine the NUHS program identity through building and site design.
  • Investigate the wholistic sustainable features of the building.
  • Utilize NUHS as a case study to assess pre-design process.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Opsis Architecture
Landscape Architect: GreenWorks, P.C.
Structural & Civil Engineer: DCI Engineers
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Mazzetti
Contractor: Corp Inc. Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustics: Stantec
   Food Service: Halliday and Associates
   Specifications: JLC
   Code: Code UL
   Envelope: Morrison Hershfield and Professional Roof Consultants, Inc.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hybrid Tour
New Urban High School
1901 SE Oak Grove Blvd.
Oak Grove, OR 97267
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
McQueen's Bar & Grill
14680 SE River Rd
Milwaukie, OR 97267

The standard CDC and DOH protocols will need to be in place, including:
  • Wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain appropriate social distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have any symptoms

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Please register by 5:00 pm on January 10 for accurate headcount and virtual link access.


Virtual or In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

December 15, 2021
4:30 pm Pacific

Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
4801 Idaho Street
Vancouver, WA 98661

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School is a community pillar that serves children in preschool to 5th grade. The 68,000 sf building is punctuated by a variety of engaging, playful spaces that bring the school’s robust curriculum and extracurricular program together. This idea is most pronounced at the public entrance, where a meandering path and an assortment of playful LED lights invite students and their families inside. The school is divided into two wings, with one side dedicated to active learning and the arts; this includes the commons area, kitchen, music and arts spaces. The alternative wing is dedicated to the classrooms and studios, which is bolstered by a social and emotional support network within the school system. These elements are complemented by a strong design that does well to create a safe, energizing environment that stimulates creativity and a healthy connection to the natural environment outside.

Learning Objectives:
  • To understand and identify systems and spatial layouts that enable flexibility and adaptability of learning environments.
  • Identify effective daylighting strategies used for classrooms and adjacent learning spaces.
  • Explore the unique design needs of education facilities and their operational requirements. Specific examples include: collaboration and enrichment, de-escalation, outdoor learning and connection to nature, holistic support for students and families, SpEd & Kinder.
  • To review lessons from the COVID-19 impacts on elementary learning environments and how they can be applied to future projects.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: LSW Architects
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway LLC.
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: HHPR
Contractor: Robinson Construction Co.
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical Engineering and Audiovisual Design: MBF AV &    Acoustical Consulting
   Cost Estimating: Roen Associates

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hybrid Tour
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
4801 Idaho Street
Vancouver, WA 98661
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Ben’s Bottle Shop
8052 E Mill Plain Blvd, #2002
Vancouver, WA 98664

The standard CDC and DOH protocols will need to be in place, including:
  • Wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain appropriate social distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have any symptoms

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Please register by 5:00 pm on December 14 for accurate headcount and virtual link access.

Event Sponsors


Virtual or In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

November 30, 2021
4:30 pm Pacific

Legacy High School, Hollingsworth Academy, and Transition Program

13300, 13400 & 13500 NE 9th Street
Vancouver, WA 98684

Legacy HS
Legacy HS
Legacy HSe
Legacy HS
Mahlum Architects partnered with Evergreen Public Schools in the design of the alternative learning campus adjacent to LeRoy Hagen Park comprised of Legacy High School, Hollingsworth Academy, and Transition Program. Legacy High School offers an alternative to 200 high schoolers who appreciate a smaller scale, personalized setting. Hollingsworth Academy supports 50 students with behavioral health patterns ranging from moderate to violent. Ages range from kindergarten to high school and support is offered on a temporary as well as permanent basis. Transitions allows 70 students, ages 18 – 21 to successfully transition from high school to independent living and working conditions. Educators teach adaptive and independent living skills, with an emphasis on self-advocacy and self-determination. Each of the three facilities creates a distinct environment that responds to the unique needs of learners with a spectrum of mental and physical abilities and behavior patterns. The district’s top priority was to create spaces that support identity, a sense of belonging, and the knowledge of being valued for learners that otherwise find themselves outside of the general educational pathway. Maintaining three identities while acknowledging the shared campus setting informed the massing and site organization. The close collaboration with educators and directors and extended observation of the three programs provided insights into the unique user groups that allowed the design team to tailor the environment and create meaningful features. An accessible forum stair for idea sharing, celebration, social-skill building and simply “hanging out” forms the heart of the two-story Legacy High community. Two therapeutic courtyards and a large nature play garden provide choices for emotional re-balancing for learners at Hollingsworth. An intimate communal lunchroom with kitchenette and patio allows young adults at Transition to form friendships and support one another.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understanding the emotional and academic needs of learners with a spectrum of mental and physical abilities and behavior patterns.
  • Translating the above understanding and knowledge into optimization of the learning environment to improve wellbeing and behavior patterns.
  • Addressing safety for learners, educators, therapists, support staff and visitors in the three specific environments. Learning how the three facilities, which serve unique communities of learners, harvested the advantages of the co-location on one campus but maintained three distinct identities to allow each community to feel valued.
  • Illustrating how the physical environment can support a sense of community in three different ways and at three different scales to reflect the social-emotional needs of learners with a spectrum of mental and physical abilities and behavior patterns.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Mahlum Architects
Landscape Architect: Mayer|Reed
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Electrical Engineer: Interface
Civil Engineer: Robertson Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Interface
Contractor: Triplett Wellman
Specialized Consultants:
   Plumbing Engineer: Interface
   Acoustical: Listen Acoustics
   Lighting: Interface
   Food Service: Halliday Associates
   Door Hardware: Joe Cross/Allegion
   Envelope: Trinity ERD
   Security: Reyah Cost: RLB
   Value Analysis: Sazan
   Owner: Evergreen Public Schools

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Hybrid Tour
Legacy High School, Hollingsworth Academy, and Transition Program
13300, 13400, & 13500 NE 9th Street, Vancouver, WA 98684
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Happy Hour
Final Draft Taphouse, 11504 Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98684

The standard CDC and DOH protocols will need to be in place, including:
  • Wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain appropriate social distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have any symptoms

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Please register for accurate headcount and virtual link access.


Virtual or In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

November 16, 2021
4:30 pm Pacific

Walnut Grove Elementary School
Walnut Grove
Walnut Grove
Attendees of this tour will be taken through Walnut Grove Elementary School, an innovative teaching and learning environment that has been modeled after Vancouver Public Schools’ Truman Elementary School. Originally built as a one-room schoolhouse in 1907, and rebuilt in 1952, Walnut Grove was in need of spaces to accommodate 21st century personalized learning pedagogy, art classes, the computer labs, and the Family-Community Resource Center, which is vital to the school. Over 160 students were being taught in portables on campus. In addition, there were traffic issues and no clear entry to the building. Despite growing pains to a school of 770 students, Walnut Grove has continued a strong tradition of highly collaborative teaching and learning as well as commitment to social-emotional learning through “character education.” The school is comprised of two connected wings. The south wing features flexible learning communities with several classrooms opening to a studio learning area. The studio area has smaller individual breakout learning spaces as well as a makerspace. Walnut Grove also features a learning stair with reading nooks, small break out study spaces, and direct access to the media center. Instead of a traditional gymnasium, Walnut Grove features a “Fitnasium,” which allows for more types of movement than a traditional gymnasium; and a creative movement and music room. The art and movement spaces open out onto a secure, central courtyard between the north and south wings – extending teaching spaces. The new design was created around a central, welcoming entry, which emphasizes and encourages the interaction between the school and the community. To strengthen the already strong community partnership, the school features a Family Community Resource Center (FCRC) that acts as a teaching and gathering space for community members and offers amenities such as a washer and dryer and kitchen area.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how flexible learning environments can support collaboration among teachers and young students.
  • Understand the need for and importance of designing safe and supportive spaces and using tenets of Trauma Informed Design throughout the space to address the complex emotional needs of a diverse community of K-5 students.
  • Explore how a central, welcoming entrance can enhance community integration.
  • Learn how experiential graphics reinforce the values of a school community

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Bassetti Architects
Owner: Vancouver Public Schools
Electrical Engineer: Glumac
Civil Engineer: HHPR – Harper Houf Peterson Reghellis
Structural Engineer: KGA Kramer Gehlen and Associates
Mechanical Engineer: Glumac
Landscape Architect: Nature Play Designs
Contractor: Tripplett Wellman
Specialized Consultants:
   Foodservice: JBK Consulting
   Acoustics: The Greenbusch Group
   Cost Estimators: Robinson Company

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Walnut Grove Elementary School, 6103 NE 72nd Drive, Vancouver, WA 98661
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Happy Hour
Ghost Runner Brewery, 4216 NE Minnehaha St. #108, Vancouver, WA 98661

The standard CDC and DOH protocols will need to be in place, including:
  • Wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain appropriate social distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have any symptoms

Members: Free | Non-members: $20

Please register for accurate headcount and virtual link access.


In-Person Tour and Happy Hour

October 26, 2021
4:30 pm Pacific

Marrion Elementary School
Marrion Elementary School
Marrion Elementary School
Marrion Elementary is one of six original “prototype” schools LSW has built for Evergreen Public Schools. The prototype program was created to offer a high-quality, flexible, and cost-effective working school model, saving on everything from the design to the ongoing maintenance of the building. The other prototype schools include Sifton, Emerald, Burton, Image, and Ellsworth Elementary; with each school having nearly the exact same foot-print. The two-story, 61,000 sf building(s) accommodate 550 students each. The design is highly focused on personalized learning spaces; everything from the doors to furniture and entryways between classrooms are created around the varying needs of students. This is tied closely to the idea of Voice and Choice: learners can choose how they learn best and are free to pull away when needed. The school(s) feature Integrated Classroom Instructional Technology: audio and video display managed by a touch panel control, along with sound masking for speech privacy and less disruption within the classrooms. The school also uses simple, intuitive, frustration free lighting controls to help empower occupants to save additional energy beyond code Minimums. As the team was nearing the end of the bond program, we were able to yield a healthy surplus of funds for the district, resulting in the addition of a “bonus” seventh school; replacing Mill Plain Elementary; LSW was recently awarded the contract in April 2021 and has already begun the design and permitting phase of this additional school.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: LSW Architects, P.C.
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway
Structural Engineer: WRK Engineers, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Jarren Parthemer
Civil Engineer: Robertson Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: HVAC
Contractor: Perlo Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical Engineering: Listen Acoustics
   Lighting: Luma

Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe strategies for the adaptation of educational spaces when changes to educational delivery occur;
  2. Describe alternative methods of acoustic separation in spaces that are connected and open to each other; Understand how lockdown features and fire protection measures can be combined to keep occupants secure while allowing code required exiting along with the flexibility to restrict after-hours public access;
  3. Discuss HVAC measures implemented into already-designed systems to respond to COVID protocols;
  4. Discuss the attributes and strategies of inclusive design for the playground.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Tour
Marrion ES, 10119 NE 14th Street, Vancouver
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Happy Hour
Ben’s Bottle Shop, 8052 E Mill Plain Blvd #2002, Vancouver, WA 98664

The standard CDC and DOH protocols will need to be in place, including:
  • Wear a mask while indoors regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintain appropriate social distance
  • Stay home if you’re sick or have any symptoms

Members: $10 | Non-members: $20

    


JEDI Panel

October 20, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Session #1 – Background Stories
The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) is committed to addressing the entrenched systemic inequities that have long permeated our professions, learning environments, and society. We recognize that organizations are stronger and more effective when they truly reflect the diverse populations they serve. A Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee has been established to provide leadership in furthering justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) for all A4LE members and communities we serve. The ultimate goal is to create better learning experiences, better learning environments, and a better world.

The OR/SW Washington Chapter is committed to understand the systemic inequities that have long permeated our professions, learning environments, and society. As a first step, the our Chapter will host a series of roundtable discussions, from a diverse set of voices, to understand the situation in our community.

Please join us and our panelists as they share their stories and perspectives in what will be an engaging conversation surrounding JEDI.

Curtis Wilson Curtis Wilson, Principal, Benson High School
Karina Ruiz Karina Ruiz, Principal, BRIC Architecture
Marelynn De Jesus Marelynn De Jesus, Student, De La Salle North Catholic High School
Paul Quach Paul Quach, Student, North Salem High School
Gustavo Velo-Morena Gustavo Velo-Morena, Mechanical Engineer, PAE Consulting Engineers
Blank Representative, Evergreen Public Schools

Free to attend.

Registration closes at 5 pm on October 19. The link to join will be sent on the morning of October 20.


Virtual Tour

September 14, 2021
4:00 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Kellogg Middle School
Kellogg Middle School
Kellogg Middle School
The tour will present a real-life example of the design for a new school/rebuild of Kellogg Middle School, which is targeting Zero Net Energy performance. This is a school that was closed for over a decade due to enrollment balancing, but then became part of Portland Public Schools’ $790 million Bond issue in 2017. The school is being rebuilt, on a path to net zero energy, and is on track to do so slightly under budget. The tour will demonstrate how the integrated design team has worked closely together from the get go to ensure that the sustainable design stays on track. The tour will discuss how the project team has prioritized green building and energy efficiency, while still balancing other priorities that come with building a new school. The tour will show how the use of educational signage around specific green building and energy efficiency systems will provide even broader project benefits, allowing teachers to make connections for students to see real-world examples of sustainable building design.

Architect of Record: OH Planning & Design Architecture
Landscape Architect: Ecotone Environmental
Structural Engineer: KPFF Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: KPFF Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Contractor: Todd Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical Engineer: Listen Acoustics
   Food Services: Halliday Food Service Design
   Cost Estimating: RWDI

Agenda
4:00 – 4:30 pm Networking
4:30 – 5:30 pm Presentation

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 5:00 am Pacific on September 13, 2021. The link will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.


Virtual Presentation

August 24, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific

North Gresham Elementary School
North Gresham ES In November 2016, the Gresham community passed a bond that set aside funds to replace the North Gresham Elementary School. With input from community, students, and staff, the vision was to create a beautiful, inviting, and safe school that supports learning and includes unique spaces that invoke a sense of pride. The unique spaces include a media center book nook featuring a low sun-bathed window imagined by a young student, cubbies for reading, and a celestial ceiling that sparkles the night sky. The special spaces include a stair with graphics that share the transformation of a site tree as a metaphor for student growth and renewal. The building compliments the pride of being a North Star.

Architect of Record: BBT Architects
Landscape Architect: Cameron McCarthy
Structural Engineer: Walker Structural Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Conley Engineering
Civil Engineer: Harper Branch Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Contractor: Bremik Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical Engineer: Listen Acoustics
   Food Service: Halliday Associates

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on August 23, 2021. The link will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.


Virtual Presentation

June 8, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Truman Elementary School
Truman Elementary School
Truman Elementary School
Truman Elementary School
Harry S. Truman Elementary School continues the tradition of Vancouver Public Schools in pioneering innovative programs in teaching and programming. Opened in 1979, Truman Elementary was originally devised as an open-concept school. While the open-concept teaching pedagogy was short-lived due to increased noise and distraction, a hybrid of open-concept and traditional teaching pedagogy was realized. The teachers and staff at Truman embraced their non-traditional architecture and created a school culture that supports collaboration for students, staff, families, and the greater community. The new school continues this tradition of highly collaborative teaching and learning by providing classrooms with operable partitions, allowing for scalability and teaching across classrooms.

Architect of Record: Bassetti Architects
Landscape Architect: PLACE
Structural Engineer: Kramer Gehlen & Associates, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Glumac
Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Glumac
Contractor: Todd Construction, Inc.
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical/ Audio Visual Design Consultant: The Greenbusch Group, Inc.
   Cost Consultant: Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on June 7, 2021. The link will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.


Virtual Presentation

May 18, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Five Oaks Middle School
Five Oaks Middle School
Five Oaks Middle School
Five Oaks Middle School
This tour will feature the newly expanded and renovated Five Oaks Middle School in the Beaverton School District. Five Oaks Middle School’s existing one-story building was originally constructed in 1976 with an open classroom design. Alterations in subsequent years led to inharmonious configurations, which required passage through one classroom to reach another. This also resulted in interior classrooms with no natural light, inadequate science labs, a front office without control over building access for visitors, and limited gymnasium capacity. Our designs modernized the building, addressed repair requirements, added science lab support areas, and expanded teaching areas. Our work also includes modification of the school entry to control access through a single point of entry at the administrative office, HVAC replacement, and finishes upgrades throughout. Work was performed in three phases on an occupied site.

This school is unique in that it houses multiple programs, including Five Oaks Middle School, the Rachel Carson program, and a community garden that is in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. The design team capitalized on the strength of bringing different programming together, by creating adjacent outdoor learning spaces for each program to work alongside each other. The design of the school emphasizes the relationship between nature and the building, by including biophilic designs throughout the school and incorporating oak trees into motivational designs on the wall. In-house graphic designers designed graphics that play into the larger sustainability message of the project, which encouraged the use of sustainable materials and re-use of trees cut down. From the start, the project chose the sustainable route by keeping the existing building and greatly reducing carbon output by not rebuilding from the ground up.

Architect of Record: Bassetti Architects
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Mazzetti, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical/ Audio Visual Design Consultant: The Greenbusch Group, Inc.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on May 17, 2021. The link will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.


Virtual Event

April 13, 2021
3:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific

Greening of Schoolyards – Engaging Outdoor Learning Spaces
Hough ES
Rethink school campuses to use the entire campus setting to engage students, staff and neighborhoods with dynamic spaces & features to increase play, learning and wellness opportunities. These landscape architects will share examples of local and regional projects that transform traditional school campuses into vibrant spaces that can be used to support a wide range of curricula goals, including social-emotional learning, as well as creating exciting neighborhood spaces to be used after school hours. We will discuss planning opportunities, program goals, project benefits and design considerations for successful projects that are sustainable for years to come.

Speakers:
  • Jane Tesner Kleiner, RLA, nature+play designs, Owner & Principal
  • Ben Johnson, PLA, Greenworks, Senior Landscape Architect
  • Michelle Mathis, PLA, Learning Landscape, Owner

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9 am April 13th. Airmeet link will be sent shortly after registration closes.


Virtual Tour

March 31, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific

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Lakeridge Middle School
Tour Guide: Abby Dacey, Principal, Mahlum Architects
Lakeridge MS
Lakeridge MS
Lakeridge MS
The learning environment of Lakeridge Middle School has been designed to address the specific academic, social, and emotional needs of the teenage learner. Several features set the school apart from a traditional approach: Instead of locating extended learning spaces outside of the classroom and providing stand-alone makers spaces, each general classroom has been paired with a larger maker space or lab space that affords every teacher the opportunity to conduct team teaching or switch to project based learning styles. All learning spaces feature large interior windows and have been organized in a loop around a central courtyard to allow every learner to become aware of the work peers are engaged in and spark the inherent teenage curiosity to become interested in new subject matter. In alignment with recent research that confirms the emotional impact of surface texture and finish materials on students, the design takes advantage of material expression and biophilia. By featuring exposed wood beams, wood ceilings, and salvaged White Oak structural tree columns, the design evokes memories of being in nature, thereby reducing stress, anxiety, and potential aggressive behavior in students.

The traditional cafeteria has been reinterpreted as a distributed Commons. This space is available as an extended media center during non-eating hours and caters to both students who thrive in active areas and those who prefer quiet spaces. The design breaks the Commons into several zones, each offering a range of seating options and scales with varying ceiling heights and materials. The school’s reduced energy use targets meet the Architecture 2030 challenge by employing a very robust building envelope and exposed thermal mass, and by engaging occupants to manage thermal comfort throughout the day. Users are alerted when conditions are ideal to open windows, activate ceiling fans, and open passive stack exhaust roof dampers.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explore innovative uses of wood building materials, including acoustic DLT roof deck, salvaged structural tree columns, glulam beams, finished plywood shear walls and selective wood finishes.
  • Learn how the design succeeded in “breaking through the cost barrier” to downsize and eliminate mechanical equipment by applying occupant engagement and passive strategies for Oregon’s 1.5% Green Energy Technology (GET) budget into the robust high performance building envelope.
  • Learn how this project qualified for significantly enhanced financial incentives under Energy Trust of Oregon’s (ETO) Path to Net Zero Energy program.
  • Learn how the school’s resilient design features can support community recovery with enhanced lateral structural design (Risk Category IV); emergency potable water connection, power backup, exhaust ventilation at Gyms and passive survivability with natural daylight, exposed thermal mass and enhanced building envelope.

Design Team:
Architect: Mahlum Architects
Landscape Architect: Mayer/Reed
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis (HHPR)
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Contractor: Skanska
Specialized Consultants:
   Energy Modeling: PAE
   Elevator and AV: Greenbusch Group
   Cost Estimating: RLB
   Food Service: Halliday Associates
   Transportation Consultants: Kittelson & Associates
   Theater: PLA Designs
   Security and Acoustics: Stantec
   Lighting: Biella Lighting Design
   Planning: Angelo Planning

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on March 31, 2021.


Zoom Meeting

March 16, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific

On the Boards: Learning Environments in Process
Join us for a fun evening of engaging presentations by school designers and facility planners as they share projects that are currently in design. Each presenter will share a single project that is “on the boards”, in an abbreviated Pecha Kucha style slide format: 10 slides x 20 seconds per slide. Projects can be at any point in the design process, from concept to construction documents.

If you don’t know about Pecha Kucha, check it out here: www.pechakucha.com/about.

If you are a chapter member, or affiliated with a company or district that is a member of OR/SW WA Chapter, you are invited to submit your presentation. There is no cost for submission, but event sponsors are always welcome!

Contact for questions and submissions: Joe Echeverri

Members: FREE | Non-members: $15

Registration closes on March 16 at 10:00 am.


Virtual Tour

March 9, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

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Vancouver iTech Preparatory
Tour Guide: Brent Young, LSW Architects
Tigard HS
Tigard HS
The new Vancouver iTech Preparatory building was designed to nurture the minds and aspirations of tomorrow’s great innovators. It is a home base for Vancouver Public School’s early college STEM-focused program, serving the middle and high-school students who were previously based at two separate locations.

The project scope included the design and construction of a new school, 700 student capacity, for grades 6-12. The program needed to include classrooms, science labs, computer labs, collaboration break-out spaces, makers spaces, offices, administration space, a fitness/activity multi-purpose space, a media center, full kitchen, and commons/gathering space.

With an initial budget of $35,618.000, LSW delivered a three-story building (80,711 SF) with all the above-mentioned spaces and capacity for all students, located on the campus of Washington State University - Vancouver (WSU-V). This location physically connects these institutions, giving students the opportunity to attend college classes and engage with professors.

Learning Objectives:
  • iTech’s progressive approach to education is reflected throughout the design and in the building’s story. We’ll discuss the ways that its unique curriculum, design, and environment make iTech a unique learning experience.
  • Much of the project work at iTech is done in an open setting with no fixed barriers to visibility.
  • This emphasizes the idea that individual learning is connected to the greater whole and goes to the hearts of iTech’s central theme, “process on display.”
  • In addition, we will look at ways the design team has engaged and worked with the site's national conditions, creating functional solutions that complement the geology.

Design Team:
Architect: LSW Architects
Landscape Architect: Place
Structural Engineer: Kramer Gehlen & Associates
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: HHPR
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Contractor: Robertson Construction Company
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical: MBF AV & Acoustical Consulting
   Planning/Land Use: Berger Abam
   Food Service: Halliday Associates

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on March 9, 2021.


Virtual Chapter Tour

February 23, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

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Grant High School
Grant HS
Grant HS
While the environmental footprint of new construction dominates the discussion about sustainability goals, the successful reuse of existing facilities provides the biggest impact in regard to resource preservation. The Grant High School modernization exemplifies how the reuse of an existing structure can result in an effective high school learning environment that is not compromised, but instead enriched by its historic structure and character. Originally designed in 1923 in the typology of a double loaded corridor, the new design simply adds a 30-foot, three-story bay to the west side of the existing structure and stretches the circulation space to a width that can comfortably accommodate a central row of day-lit, open, enclosed, single-story, and multi-story resources for learners and educators.

In addition to providing more program space, this three-story addition with an open central stair, and tiered multi-story gathering spaces flanked at either end, has transformed a school that has struggled with limited to no daylight in 30% of its learning environments over five disparate, inaccessible basement levels, into a unified, collaborative, and cohesive environment. Increasing the density of the original footprint and linking all spaces on the lower level creates a continuous three-story learning environment where everyone feels connected and in close proximity to both the outdoors and each other.

At the same time, the external relationships between the school and neighborhood communities are restored by removing structural barriers which have severed this external connectivity since the 1950’s and brings the heart of the school back to the new student-focused center of campus. For the first time in decades the community can relate to and enjoy the facade of the original 1923 gymnasium, which is the new home of the arts department. The modernization will propel Grant High School into the future while embracing and honoring its past.

Learning Objectives:
  • Discover the transformation from double loaded corridor to expanded learning environments which offer student choices for various learning styles and settings while respecting the historic organization and appearance of the 1920's buildings.
  • Discover the future flexibility to address concerns of 100% utilization model.
  • Learn how team obtained 80% existing building structure reuse, and 100% reuse of existing gym floor & bleachers as interior wall paneling/ flooring.
  • Learn about Existing envelope improvements: new energy efficient historic replica windows, new skylights and roof insulation.

Design Team:
Architect: Mahlum
Landscape Architect: Mayer/Reed
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: Mazetti / BHE Group
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
General Contractor: Anderson / Colas Construction
Specialized Consultants:
   Theater: PLA
   Food Service: Haliday Associates
   A/V, Acoustics & Vertical
   Transportation: Greenbusch Group
   Historic: Peter Meijer
   Envelope: Morrison Herschfield
   Estimating: RLB

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on February 23, 2021.


Virtual Chapter Tour

February 9, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

AIA Logo   TBD

Tigard High School
Tour Guide: Joe Echeverri, Bassetti Architects
Tigard HS
Tigard HS
Built in 1952, Tigard High School has been a longstanding community landmark. As the student population increased over the years, the facility expanded in an irregular manner. Outdated mechanical, lighting, and electrical systems were replaced as needed, resulting in a patched system of utility upgrades that proved inadequate and undependable as demand increased. At the start of this project, the student population had reached 2,000.

On this tour you will see the completion of Phases 2 and 3 of the project, complementing the Phase 1 tour completed last year. These recent phases focused on completion of the main commons and central courtyard, career center, business classrooms, auxiliary gym, weight room, locker rooms, fitness center, and other ancillary athletic spaces. Overall, the project rebuilt and upgraded portions of the school built in 1953. This includes a centralized and visible school office with a clearly identified entry point to increase student safety and security as well as creation of 21st century learning opportunities by expanding CTE and makerspaces. Improvements made to the existing facility included roof repairs, HVAC improvements, and locker replacements. The rebuild left approximately 40% of the existing building with updated facilities.

A challenge of the project was working with the community to successfully execute a multi-phased construction schedule, while keeping 2,000 students in school. This tour will feature the final product with an emphasis on how to seamlessly link additions with existing buildings in cost effective ways.

A large sense of pride in the Tigard community stems from the athletic program at Tigard High School. Therefore, the design team was keenly aware of the importance of creating a holistic experience for every type of athlete. These additions add seating for 600 spectators and continue the Tigard tradition of housing a strong athletic program the community can be proud of.

Learning Objectives:
  • This tour will provide a comprehensive view of how the final product came together, as well as continue the discussion on phased occupancy during construction.
  • Learn about reinforced visibility and transparency and how these factors increase security and student safety, a top priority for the bond.
  • Learn strategies to seamlessly link new additions with an existing building in cost effective ways.
  • Understand the importance of adding updated CTE and project-based learning to high schools.

Design Team:
Architect: Bassetti Architects
Landscape Architect: Cardno, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Glumac
Civil Engineer: Cardno, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Glumac
Contractor: LGC Pence
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical: The Greenbusch Group, Inc.
   Audio-Visual Design Consultant: Design Focus, Inc.

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on February 9, 2021.


Virtual Chapter Tour

January 26, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

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Milwaukie High School
Milwaukie High School had an aging classroom building that was also a much loved historical component of the community. After much community engagement, the Milwaukie community made the decision to replace the old building with a new modern classroom building. The new classroom building is a three-story modern structure that includes a full complement of academic subjects as well new administration suite, new counseling suite, new library, and a multi-use community room. The tour will look at all of these spaces show how the project served as an opportunity to link the campus into a cohesive whole.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how a community makes a decision about preserving or replacing a historical school building.
  • Understand how to balance school security with an open campus.
  • Study how to maintain a full school population on-site while rebuilding the majority of the educational environment.
  • Learn how envelope detailing and mechanical systems work together.

Design Team:
Architect: BRIC Architecture, Inc.
Landscape Architect: HHPR
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering, Inc.
Contractor: Skanska
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical: Greenbusch
   Food Service: Webb
   Cost Estimating: ACC
   Historical Consultant: Peter Meijer and Associates
   Envelope: Morrison Hershfield

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $15

Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on January 26, 2021.


Virtual Chapter Tour

January 19, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

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Kalama Elementary School
Tour Guide: Jonah Jensen, AIA LEED AP, Principal at BLRB
Kalama Elementary School Nestled in the hillside of its community, Kalama Elementary School is a new K-5 replacement elementary school that attempts to answer the question, “How do you create a new contemporary learning environment that has a story to tell?” For over 80 years, there has been a reverence and love for the historic high school in Kalama. For the District and community, it was important that the replacement elementary school had a similar sense of belonging to the community while having its own unique identity. Kalama is steeped in a history intertwined with shipping, logging, and the railway. Unofficially incorporated on November 29, 1871, it became the terminus to the Northern Pacific Railway from Goble, Oregon. It served as the terminus until 1874 when the Northern Pacific Railway moved its headquarters to Tacoma. The railway built a dock and a sawmill and other amenities important to a town on the cusp of development. Soon after completion of the rail in 1871, Kalama’s town motto became “Rail Meets Sail”. To pay homage to this rich history, the new elementary school’s materiality, structure, and form will draw from the iconography associated with it. Steel trusses at the entry canopy and at the covered play loosely play on the railway trellises that are critical to the railway infrastructure. They are also reminiscent of old boxcars. Kindergartners look outside through port hole windows meant to represent a ship. The new elementary school is organized by small learning communities for each grade level grouping. Otherwise known as “Houses” these learning communities utilize virtually every square foot to learning. A learning commons with small group rooms binds the classrooms together and provides ample opportunity for personalized learning. Each house is identified by a theme that tells a chapter in the “Rails Meets Sails” story.

Learning Objectives:
  • Create a sense of place in a new building that is informed by broad stakeholder engagement.
  • Plan a learning environment that is easily secured while still welcoming.
  • Create contemporary learning environments that support multiple modalities of learning.
  • Design a learning environment that passively supports emotional and social well-being.

Design Team:
Architect: BLRB Architects
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Electrical Engineer: Sazan Group
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: Sazan Group
Contractor: Emerick Construction
Owners Representative: Construction Services Group
Specialized Consultants:
   Acoustical/AV: Stantec
   Food Service: Halliday Associates
   Cost Estimating: Robinson Company
   Survey/Hazardous Mat: PBS Engineering and Environmental
   Geotechincal: Geoengineers
   Hardware: Allegion

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $15

Registration closes at 10:00 am Pacific on January 19, 2021.


Virtual Chapter Tour

December 17, 2020
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

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May Street Elementary School
Tour Guide: Alec Holser, Opsis Architecture

May Street Elementary School
May Street Elementary School
May Street Elementary School
The May Street Elementary School design is centered on the Commons, the heart of the school, with six “neighborhoods” (one for each grade) opening to it. These neighborhoods provide flexible learning spaces with opportunities for teachers and students to collaborate and connect outside of the classroom. With capacity for 600 students and a pre–kindergarten program, the program features 24 classrooms, a library, gymnasium, and administrative areas, as well as a commons/cafeteria, kitchen and specialized learning spaces. The new elementary school replaces an outdated facility on the site that remained in operation during construction. The tight four–acre urban site in a residential neighborhood required careful study in order to accommodate all the desired elements, with safety of on–site bus drop–off and pick up the main priority. Through multiple design iterations and workshops with the neighbors and District, Opsis strategically located the two–story building, separate drop off, 38–space parking lot, playing field and playground on the constrained block, resulting in a welcoming and open environment with a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for gathering and community use.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how the design team worked with the planning committee to tour regional elementary schools to understand the move from their traditional double loaded corridor schools to a layered neighborhood shared learning model.
  • Experience how a school can be designed without corridors where every space connects to a central Commons.
  • See how a central courtyard / playground and covered play space becomes a unique active complement to the two story Commons.
  • Understand the lessons learned operating the school for the movement of students through the day within the compact building and compact site.
  • Learn how the neighborhoods are themed around the native place names of the Columbia River Gorge and the local photography call for the graphic identity panels.

Design Team:
Architect: Opsis Architecture
Landscape Architect: Cameron McCarthy
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout
Specialized Consultants: Halliday Associates – ACC Cost Consultant; Conley Engineering Technology – Food Service

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU

Members: FREE | Non-members: $15

Registration closes at 10:00 am Pacific on December 17, 2020. The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before 3:00 pm on December 17, 2020.


Virtual Chapter Tour

December 1, 2020
4:30 PM – 1 Hour

Gresham High School
Tour Guide: Richard Higgins

Greshem
Greshem
Whether or not they are landmarked, historic schools hold a special place in the hearts of the communities they serve, and there are many nuances to be considered in the decision to rehabilitate or replace these iconic architectural gems. The rehabilitation and reconstruction of Gresham High School (GHS), originally built in the 1940s, embodies a successful resolution of one of the key challenges for historic school rehabilitation: preserving community and architectural legacy while providing contemporary learning space that supports a 21st century curriculum.

Selective demolition and reconstruction of nearly 70% of the high school afforded the opportunity to create agile learning spaces and infuse multiple sustainable strategies. A multi-phased, 30-month construction schedule enhanced both operational and financial efficiency by allowing the 2,000-student body to remain on site and minimized the expense of off-site student and program relocation during construction.

The preservation and creative repurposing of historic features maintains legacy while breathing new life into what was viewed by some as simply "old". Monolithic statues of the Greek muses from the school’s facade, for instance, were carefully removed and restored, and now have prominence in a Muse Garden, a courtyard that offers visual interest from the interior, and outdoor space for learning and reflection. Other architectural legacy features are infused throughout.

Learning and teaching are no longer confined by the rigid interior organization of an early 20th century high school. Now, flexible and adaptable learning spaces, light, open circulation, and multiple outdoor learning areas fully support GHS' contemporary educational program and greatly enhance interior environmental quality.

For school planners faced with the prospect of rehabilitating a beloved but outdated facility, Gresham High School illuminates the possibilities for providing the capacity, feeling and features of a contemporary, sustainable learning environment while respecting and preserving the legacy and character of a historic, much-loved school.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn specific measures for sustainable design including Energy and resource conservation measures include a high-efficiency mechanical system, energy recovery air handling system, low flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting throughout.
  • Attendees will gain insight to how the facility design demonstrates Adaptability to Changes in Educational Delivery
  • As an originally historic building, attendees will learn how the Architectural elements from the original school were salvaged and repurposed.
  • Attendees will observe the innovative solutions to transforming the iconic building into one with light-filled spaces, social gathering spaces, a temperature-controlled environment, and views to the outdoors. Equally innovative was phasing construction across 30 months while students remained on campus.

Design Team:
Architect: BLRB Architects
Landscape Architect: Cameron McCarthy
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Contractor: Fortis Construction Inc.
Specialized Consultants:
Acoustical: Stantec
Lighting: LUMA
Theater: PLA Design
Exterior Building Enclosure: Forensic Building Consultants
Interior Signage: Anderson Krygier, Inc.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $10

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU (pending)


Virtual Chapter Tour

October 27, 2020
4:30 – 5:30 PM Pacific

Sherwood High School
Must attend to receive AIA CEU 1 HSW

Sherwood
Sherwood
Sherwood High School is connected to its community, the landscape, and its place in the world and provides spaces for all students and the community to find a place where they belong. The school is planned around a secure outdoor space to allow students a safe place to decompress. Connections between site and building elements are prioritized in order to create a whole campus integrated place for learning. Sherwood utilizes site grading to provide connections between program elements and to connect school to local landscape and distant landmarks. The school is located on a green field site at the edge of the Sherwood community -- the school will be a catalyst for future development and will provide extensive space, on site and within the building, for the Sherwood community to come together.

During the tour we will show combination of recorded video touring and a 360-degree walkthrough of the high school. We would use this tour to allow viewers to explore all four levels of the school, jumping from one key "waypoint" to the next. This would enable the team to discuss design elements and their pedagogical connections to space.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how a project became a lynchpin for a whole-District transformation and the embodiment of community pride. Examine the role of the student's voice and the ways in which student needs were understood and incorporated into the design -- such that all students can find places where they belong.
  • Understand the complex technical detailing associated with the project.
  • Learn how planning and design leveraged grade changes and other site challenges to create a building that is connected to its community, the landscape, and its place in the world.

Design Team:
Architect: BRIC Architecture
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy Landscape Architects
Mechanical Engineer: MFIA Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Cross Engineering
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis): PLA – Theater, Webb Design – Food Service, BRC Acoustics – Acoustics and AV, PRC – Exterior Envelope
General Contractor: Skanska

Free to attend, must register:

Registration closes at 12:00 PM on October 27.

The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before 3:00 PM on October 27, 2020.


Zoom Webinar

October 6, 2020
4:30 – 5:30 PM Pacific

Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary School Tour

Beatrice Morrow Cannady ES

Reopening Schools
Reopening Schools
Attention to natural daylighting throughout the building. The major spaces such as the Cafeteria, Library, and Gymnasium and even the stair halls have extensive glazing and building forms to take advantage of daylighting and the surrounding views. This guided the design on the interior as well as the exterior and helped define the character of the building.

The Library as the centralized hub of the classroom wing, takes advantage of the 2-story volume to create a variety of connections to all of the classrooms, workrooms and extended learning areas so that it could serve as a focal point, and resonate a variety of school activities.

The elementary school’s appearance was developed by articulating building forms with carefully selected materials that balance first cost with durability and maintenance issues. It was desired that the new school appear appropriately-scaled, engaging, and telling of a lasting neighborhood institution in the city of Happy Valley.

Use of Cross-laminated Timber and Glue-Laminated Wood construction really contributed to the success of the gymnasium, Cafeteria and Library design where the combination of architectural and structural elements came together to lend warmth and character to the spaces.

Architect: BRIC Architecture
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis): Acoustic – The Greenbusch Group, Inc.
Low Voltage/Tech: Interface Engineering
Kitchen/Food: Webb Foodservice Design
Building Envelop: Morrison Hershfield
General Contractor: Robinson Construction Co.

Free to attend, must register.

Registration closes at 5:00 PM on October 5, 2020.

The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before 12:00 PM on October 6, 2020.


Zoom Webinar

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Reopening Schools – One School District's Perspective

Reopening Schools Please join the SW Washington / Oregon chapter in a presentation and discussion with John Mannix on Wednesday, July 29th at 4:30 pm. John will provide his insights on changes coming to education for the 2020-21 school year in Washington. We will dive into what Washington is doing to evaluate returning to school in the fall at the legislative levels and at the local level and we will explore what School Districts are considering as necessary changes – operationally, teaching and learning, food services, busing etc.

Guest Speaker: John Mannix
John’s been leading the educational experience in Washington for over 30 years. John has served as Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Support Services, Monroe School District, Monroe, WA; Executive Director of Facilities and Planning, Spokane School District; and former Manager of Maintenance and Operations, Kennewick School District. His areas of responsibility have included capital construction, architectural and engineering services, school facilities (maintenance, grounds, and custodial services), pupil transportation, nutrition services, technology services, student information systems, safety, security, risk management, and emergency management. John has provided effective leadership for all aspects of school district operations for districts as small as 5 schools and 2,100 students, and as large as 54 schools and 30,000 students. He is responsible for bringing about the first LEED Gold public school facility in Washington State, implementing the first known Job Order Contract in K-12 public education in the state, and overseeing two of the initial K-12 school GC/CM pilot projects.

Please RSVP – free to attend

Registration closes at 5:00 PM on July 28, 2020.

The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants before 12:00 PM on July 29, 2020.


Chapter Event

February 18, 2020
5:30 – 7pm
IBI Group
907 SW Harvey Milk St
Portland, OR 97205

On the Boards: Learning Environments in Process
Join us for a fun evening of engaging presentations by school designers and facility planners as they share projects that are currently in design. Each presenter will share a single project that is “on the boards”, in an abbreviated Pecha Kucha style slide format: 10 slides x 20 seconds per slide. Projects can be at any point in the design process, from concept to construction documents.

If you don’t know about Pecha Kucha, check it out here: www.pechakucha.com/about.

If you are a chapter member, or affiliated with a company or district that is a member of A4LE OR/SW WA Chapter, you are invited to submit your presentation. There is no cost for submission, but event sponsors are always welcome!

Deadline for Submissions is Friday, February 14 at 5:00 pm.
Contact for Questions and Submissions: Joe Echeverri

Members: Free
Non-Members: $15

Drinks & snacks provided


Chapter Tour

January 14, 2020
5:30 – 7pm
Tigard-Tualatin School District
9000 SW Durham Road
Tigard, OR 97224

Tigard High School Modernization – Phase 1 & 2
Building off an “under construction” tour of this site last year, this tour will provide an update on the progress made on the project. We will tour the completed Phase 1, including new administration offices, classrooms, commons, and kitchen/servery. Phase 2 will be in construction, and includes new athletics facilities, auxiliary gym, and weight/fitness rooms. The tour last year focused on construction phasing, student safety and logistics, along with a preview of the learning spaces in construction. This tour will build on those considerations, but we will also have a focused discussion about the kitchen/servery. Webb Food Service Design, along with Bassetti Architects, will give a presentation about the principles of good food service design. We will take tour participants through the recently completed kitchen/servery, adjacent to the new commons, to show how these principles were applied.

Tigard    Tigard

PROFESSIONAL TEAM:
Architect: Bassetti Architects
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Cardno
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Mechanical Engineer: Glumac
Electrical Engineer: Glumac
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis): Webb Food Service Design (Food Service), The Greenbusch Group (Acoustics), Construction Focus (Cost)
General Contractor: Pence Construction

Join us for Happy Hour, after the tour!

Hop N Cork Hop N Cork
17450 Lower Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Members: Free
Non-Members: $15


Chapter Tour

December 4, 2019
4:30 – 6:00 pm
3200 NE 86th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98662

Peter S. Ogden Elementary School
Join us to tour this replacement elementary for Vancouver Public Schools, completed in August 2019. Our tour will focus on how the design of the building can reinforce and supplement school curriculum. The tour will include hearing from school Principal, April Whipple, as well as exploring a “flipped co-op” layout with the design team.

Ogden

PROFESSIONAL TEAM:
Architect: LSW Architects
Structural Engineer: KGA
Civil Engineer: HHPR
Landscape Architect: Shapiro Didway
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Specialized Consultants: Acoustical – MBF Acoustics | Lighting – PAE | VA – Roen
General Contractor: Robinson

Join us for Happy Hour, after the tour!

Members: Free
Non-Members: $15


Chapter Tour

November 20, 2019
4:00 – 5:30 pm
9500 SW Murdock St.
Tigard, OR 97224

James Templeton Elementary School
Join us to tour this replacement elementary for Tigard-Tualatin School District, completed in August 2019. Our tour will focus on how differentiated learning environments can take advantage of “in-between” spaces to create opportunities for a variety of teaching, learning, grouping and levels of autonomy in an elementary setting.

Templeton

PROFESSIONAL TEAM:
Architect: IBI Group Portland
Structural Engineer: Froelich Engineers
Civil Engineer: KPFF
Landscape Architect: Atlas Landscape Architecture
Mechanical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers
Specialized Consultants: Lighting – LUMA PAE Consulting Engineers | Cost Estimator – ACC
General Contractor: Triplett Wellman

Join us for Happy Hour, after the tour!

Stanfords
Stanfords Restaurant and Bar
14801 Kruse Oaks Blvd
Lake Oswego, OR 97305

Members: Free
Non-Members: $15


K-12 Furniture Showcase

November 6, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 pm
IBI Group
907 SW Harvey Milk Street
Portland, OR 97205

Join us for a fun evening to discuss and experience how furniture supports learners & can enhance classroom engagement! Visit interactive furniture scenes brought to us by Hyphyn, Meteor and Saxton Bradley. Each vignette, designed with all learners in mind, will allow us to experience first-hand how furniture creates a landscape of endless possibilities to support different modes of teaching and learning. This is a great opportunity for designers, educators and school administrators to get acquainted with how flexible furnishings can positively impact the learning experience.

5:30 – 6:00 pm Networking / Happy Hour Social
6:00 – 7:00 pm Round-Robin Furniture Vignettes
7:00 – 7:30 pm Group Discussion / Reflection

Free to attend, please RSVP.

Sponsor
SBI


Chapter Tour

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
4825 North Shore Blvd., Camas, WA 98607

Lacamas Lake Elementary School
Please join us to experience how the careful development of the site design, thoughtfully married with the building design, can provide an exceptional setting and positively impact the learning environment. In addition to touring the building, we will tour the site. This event will include a focused presentation/discussion with the Architect & Site Design Team on how the site played a pivotal role in the design.

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The new 74,615 SF Lacamas Lake Elementary School is home to up to 650 students in grades K-5. The design places “the child at the center,” connecting to the surrounding natural environment and creating a welcoming school community.

The building is located on a site rich in ecological features, including wetlands, creeks, large swaths of mature trees, and direct views to Mount Hood. Building on the idea of “campus in the country,” the new site offers ample transition opportunities between indoor and outdoor learning and play environments, while simultaneously constraining the build-able area.

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The school site features starting points of pedestrian and bicycle trails designed to connect resources and neighborhoods expected to develop around the new school, with stumps, mounds, a ‘tree nest,’ an amphitheater, and boulders in the play areas.

Lacamas Lake

The building’s one-story south wing opens with a porch and curved seating bench to welcome and embrace its elementary learners. The porch deepens at the main entry to make a gathering in view of the reception area. The transparent vestibule and waiting area immediately afford views from the front door to the east courtyard.

Tall classroom volumes maximize daylight and views to the north and south, while creating a strong edge for the nature play areas to the north. On the north end, the covered play forms a second large porch element, which transitions the two-story volume of the central core down to the scale of the nature play areas.

A high-performance envelope combines with LED fixtures and occupancy controls, heat recovery and displacement ventilation at classrooms, operable windows in all learning spaces, and areas of radiant flooring to contribute to a predicted EUI of 37 kBTU/sf/yr and ensure that Lacamas Lake will operate with a reduced ecological footprint to preserve the natural environment the community values.

Professional Team
Architect: Mahlum
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Robertson Engineering
Landscape Architect: 2.ink Studios
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis)
  • Food Service: Halliday Associates
  • Acoustics: Stantec
  • Wetland: The Resource Company
  • Archeology: Archeology Northwest
  • Estimating: RLB
  • Roofing: Professional Roof Consultants
  • Geotechnical: Columbia West
General Contractor: Todd Construction, Inc.

Join us for Happy Hour after the Tour!
Tapped
Tapped Brew House & Pub
2005 SE 192nd Ave #100
Camas, WA 98607

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members


School Tour

Monday, September 16, 2019
4:00 pm
Harney Elementary School
3212 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Vancouver Public Schools – Greening of Schoolyards
Harney Harney
Harney
When kids have the chance, they love to help transform their schools and add new areas for play, exploration, learning, and adventure. They spend so much time at school, the school campus really is an extension of their own backyard. Or, it IS their backyard. They really do like to own it and care for it, all year. That’s why the Greening of Schoolyards is such an important movement. It takes a different perspective on what school campuses can be for students, staff, and community. GOSY projects empower school communities to utilize the whole campus as a resource, and not just for play: for learning, stress reduction, and creative stimulation as well. GOSY presents a chance to think about the outdoors as an everyday encounter, not a weekend trip to “somewhere.” There are myriad reasons to green up schoolyards and provide these diverse settings, and those reasons are now well documented. Less understood is the process of getting there, and that is at the heart of thoughtful planning and design. Try this exercise: pull up an aerial image of your local elementary school. Ask yourself some questions: how hot is the play area? What spaces are designed for the quiet kids? Where do people take a de-escalation walk? Where could you put a pollinator garden? Where are the teaching spaces? When you begin to consider the answers, your planning is on track. Here, then, is the “Why?” of your planning. A GOSY plan will identify use areas across the whole campus. It will allow specific designs to develop over time, so that new partners can contribute. In the end, a GOSY plan is a bold statement of school and community values. It levels the playing field by expanding it. It commits to a place for every child, every day.

FREE for members | $15 for non-members

Join us for happy hour along the waterfront after the tour!

Stack 571
Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar
111 Parkway Place, Suite 108, Vancouver, WA 98660


Portland Green Schools Committee Event

Tuesday, June 18, 2019
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm PDT
Gensler @ 6th and Yamhill Building
811 SW 6th St, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97204

SPROUTING A GREEN SCHOOL – Growing a Green School Discussion Series
Growing Green Join the Portland Green Schools Committee for the second panel of our 2019 discussion series: GROWING A GREEN SCHOOL.

Green and high performance school buildings offer students and teachers healthy and productive learning spaces and deliver cost avoidance on utility expenses to put money back into classrooms. School districts can implement policies, programs and practices to move beyond simply meeting code requirements and produce facilities that combat energy and climate volatility and deliver long-term value to the entire district. Delivering a green school requires an integrated design process, agreement of project goals, dynamic team communication and utilizing absolute energy targets to design and construct. During this interactive discussion, panelists will discuss stakeholder engagement, building assessment, design process, and technology applications used to guide their green school design projects.

School high performance experts from the field will showcase the success stories and lessons learned to encourage incorporating green school practices in school planning, design and construction to ensure a high performance outcome.

This is a FREE event, please RSVP.


Chapter Social and Year-End Celebration

Thursday, May 23, 2019
5:00 – 8:00pm
Billy Frank Jr. Conference Center
Ecotrust Building (2nd Floor), 721 NW 9th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

Bill Frank
5:00 – 6:00 PM Networking and No-Host Cocktails
6:00 PM Dinner Starts
6:30 – 8:00 PM Program

Rates:
Members $30.00
Non-Members $40.00
School Districts $20.00

Please RSVP by May 10 to reserve your spot!

Join us as an Event Sponsor! $500 Event sponsorship includes 4 tickets, logo on promotional materials, and acknowledgement at the event.

Event Sponsors:
Bassetti Architects Kirby Nagelhout LSW SBI


Chapter Tour

Thursday, May 2, 2019
4:00 pm
9000 SW Durham Rd, Tigard, OR 97224

Tigard High School
Built in 1952, Tigard High School has been a longstanding community landmark. As the student population increased over the years, the facility expanded in an irregular manner with additions built in all available spaces. Outdated mechanical, lighting, and electrical systems were replaced as needed, resulting in a patched system of utility upgrades that proved inadequate and undependable as demand increased. The project goals are to rebuild and upgrade the 1953 portions of the school, improve student safety and security with a centralized and visible school office and visible entry point, and create 21st century learning opportunities by expanding CTE and makerspace for project-based learning.

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School district planners will have the opportunity to tour the school during Tigard’s first phase of construction on an occupied site and observe the results of well-planned logistics and excellent teamwork. Critical issues when planning Tigard’s construction schedule included student safety, noise mitigation, emergency vehicle access, and clear exiting pathways.

PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Owner’s Representative: Day CPM
Architect: Bassetti Architects
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineer: Cardno
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Glumac
CMGC: Pence Construction
Commission Agent: Interface Engineering

Hop N Cork JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR AFTER THE TOUR!
6:00-8:00 pm
Hop N Cork
17450 Lower Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

TOUR & HAPPY HOUR SPONSOR:
Bassetti Architects

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members


Chapter Tour

Thursday, April 25, 2019
4:00 pm
8500 NW Johnson St., Portland, OR 97229

New Gilkey Middle School
Gilkey The design solution took inspiration from the nurse logs, which create habitat for new seedlings by providing them initial structure and nourishment. For this project, the school created “habitat for middle schoolers” to grow, find their own inspiration, and work in community with their teachers to become our next global citizens. There is a large, social space in the central Hub, and collaboration space along each wing and outside of the classrooms for small social or study groups. These areas make extremely efficient use of what otherwise is circulation space, as well as providing options for different students' needs.

The construction budget for this project was very low and the site very challenging. The use of very expensive materials in simple ways to create an open and versatile school environment is a second area of interest.

Lastly, the creating of "cabins in the woods" for the classrooms and teacher work rooms gives both flexibility for the classrooms to change use and teaching pedagogy over time, but also to allow for students to have more of a feeling of independence while still having support and oversight from responsible adults nearby.

PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Architect: Hacker Architects
Structural Engineer: Madden & Baughman
Civil Engineer: Standridge Design
Landscape Architect: Place Studio
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: PAE
General Contractor: Triplett Wellman

Bargarten JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR AFTER THE TOUR!
5:00-7:00 pm
Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus
2905 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005

HAPPY HOUR SPONSOR:
OH Planning + Design

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members


Chapter Tour

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
2:30 pm
326 Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR 97477

Hamlin Middle School
This project saw Springfield Public Schools and the school board united from the outset under a strong and clear vision. This vision, established during the development of the Education Specifications, remained vital throughout the project and motivated every subsequent design decision. The resulting Hamlin Middle School is a treasure for the City of Springfield—prized by the school district and the community alike—and reflects the legacy of its thriving mill and logging industries. The highly-visible structure has garnered a sense of pride, inspiring immediate and profound respect for the facility by students and faculty.

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A concept crucial even at early design conversations, the District's Design Team advocated for the STEAM Curriculum to be a driving force in the layout of the school. This intention is evident in the final product, namely in the placement of maker spaces within each of the three classroom wings, and the STEAM Lab located in the Electives wing. Collaboration and small group meeting rooms are situated around campus so students can team on project-based learning opportunities.

Architect: BBT Architects

Sponsors:

Happy Hour Sponsor

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members


Chapter Tours – 2 Schools

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The 2 elementary schools are designed from a kit of components, organized specifically for very diverse sites. The components include blend of:
  • learning spaces from small, medium to large,
  • flexible, project based learning space.
  • “fat L” assigned learning spaces for a variety of in room groupings
  • community service spaces for the under-served
  • community specific features that reflect community history heritage or values
  • energy efficient designs that received funding from ETO for being “path to net zero”

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members

Fairview Elementary School
225 Main Street, Fairview, OR 97024
Time: 4:00 pm

Fairview Elementary School provides district planners insights and inspiration for the development of cost-effective yet warm, flexible and functional high performance school facilities. Developed via a modified prototypical design process that encompassed a broad cross-section of district, school and community stakeholders, Fairview illustrates the benefit of standardizing learning spaces – providing program and amenity parity across diverse communities – while providing the opportunity to tailor facility design to the unique character and needs of individual schools and neighborhoods.

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The learning pod design, organized by grade level, provides the means of breaking down scale for this 72,000 SF, 600-student school, offering a personalized learning experience for elementary students while maintaining connection to the larger school community.

As the first elementary school in Oregon to register for Energy Trust of Oregon's Path to Net Zero program (along with its companion schools, Wilkes and Troutdale) Fairview Elementary demonstrates that meaningful energy efficiency and resource conservation strategies can be cost-effectively integrated into the planning and design processes without significantly elevating project construction costs.

As a long-standing and central fixture in community life, Fairview's design honors history and legacy through an authentic use of exterior materials and an interior design that accommodates shared community use. The integration of an original 14' x 44' mural depicting uniquely local community elements, history and the surrounding geography inspires pride of place in students, teachers, staff and visitors.

PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Architect: BLRB Architects
Structural Engineer: KPFF Engineers
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: PAE Engineers
General Contractor: Skanska
Commissioning Agent: NWESI

Sponsors:
 

Troutdale Elementary School
648 SE Harlow Avenue, Troutdale, OR 97060
Time: 5:00 pm

Troutdale Elementary School provides district planners insights and inspiration for the development of cost-effective yet warm, flexible and functional high performance school facilities. Developed via a modified prototypical design process that encompassed a broad cross-section of district, school and community stakeholders, Troutdale illustrates the benefit of standardizing learning spaces – providing program and amenity parity across diverse communities – while providing the opportunity to tailor facility design to the unique character and needs of individual schools and neighborhoods.

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The learning pod design, organized by grade level, provides the means of breaking down scale for this 72,000 SF, 600-student school, offering a personalized learning experience for elementary students while maintaining connection to the larger school community.

PROFESSIONAL TEAM
Architect: BLRB Architects
Structural Engineer: KPFF Engineers
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Landscape Architect: Cardno
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: PAE Engineers
General Contractor: Bremik Construction
Commission Agent: NWESI

Sponsors:
 

Migration Brewing

Sponsored by:
Join us for happy hour after the tour!

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Migration Brewery
18188 NE Wilkes Road, Portland, OR 97230
(Just off 181st Ave exit on I-84)


Chapter Tour

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
4:00 pm
Success High School
1316 Meridian Drive, Woodburn, OR 97071

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members

Tour Sponsored by:

Join us for happy hour after the tour!
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Vanguard Brewing Company
27501 SW 95th Ave, Willsonville, OR

Happy Hour Sponsored by:

The Woodburn Success High School is an alternative education program serving Woodburn School District students in grades 10 through 12. Students at Success complete the same high school graduation requirements as the students attending any other Oregon high school and earn a standard high school diploma. The school opened in 2018.

Professional Team:
  • Architect: Opsis Architecture


Chapter Tour

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
4:00 – 6:00 pm
Hazeldale Elementary School
20080 SW Farmington Rd, Beaverton OR 97007

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members

JOIN US FOR HAPPY HOUR AFTER THE TOUR!
6:00-8:00 PM
649 Taphouse
18647 SW Farmington Road, Aloha 97007

The 649 is located in a detached building within the Farmington Village Shopping Center at the intersection
of 185th and Farmington Road, near the Aloha locations for Monkey's Subs and Albertsons.

One complimentary drink ticket included!

Sponsored by:
Lewis Buildgs

Hazedale Elementary school is a 88,700sf school designed for 750 K-5 students in Beaverton School District. The school is one of four prototype schools designed for Beaverton. The design of the school spaces create both equity and equality for all students and a model for customization within a prototype design. The first hour of the tour will focus on a physical walkthrough of the school. The remaining time will focus on a discussion about the prototype process, how it played out at other the other locations and the differences in delivery methods between the projects (cost, quality, schedule, teamwork, etc).

Hazeldale Hazeldale Hazeldale


Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer

Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Henry's Tavern
Upstairs at Henry's Tavern
10 NW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

Networking and Good Cheer!
It's the Holiday Season! The Portland Chapter of CSI, DoCoMoMo, OAPA, A4LE Oregon/SW Washington, ASHRAE, ASPE and Portland Design Events would like to invite all Emerging and Existing Professionals to an Ugly Sweater Party. A chance to kick back and relax, and get to know some of the other professionals in the industry. Swap war stories and share some laughs!

Prizes!!!
Prizes for Ugliest Sweater, Most Creative Sweater, and More!

We will be collecting new socks, scarves, hats for Cityteam Ministries. Anyone who brings socks, scarves, or hats will be given an extra drink ticket!

$10 All Emerging Professionals with less than 10 years' experience
$30 For members of any of the organizations below
$40 Non-members
$500 Drink Sponsor – SOLD OUT!
$500 Food Sponsor – 2 Available
$500 Venue Sponsor – SOLD OUT!

Admission includes (1) drink ticket, appetizers, and entry into the Sweater Competition!
Sponsorship includes 5 tickets to the event, company logo on event website, and table-top display space

5:30 PM – Network, Enjoy Drinks & Appetizers
7:00 PM – Prize Winners Announced
9:30 PM – You don't have to go home, but...

Hosted By
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Chapter Tour

November 16, 2018
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Grant High School (under construction)
2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members
Register now, max tour size is 60 people!

This school is under construction. All participants need to fill out the waiver and bring it with them.
Full PPE is required (hard hat, gloves, vest, eye cover/eyeglasses, appropriate footwear, sleeves, pants). No on-site parking, please allow time to find street parking.

Directly after the Grant HS tour, please join us at the Kennedy School Boiler Room pub for a post tour Happy Hour!

This casual event will give us time to discuss the Grant modernization, socialize with other A4LE members, and receive an update on the annual 20 Under 40 conference coming up in April. A brief recap of last years 20 Under 40 conference will also be provided. If you RSVP’d for the tour you will receive one drink ticket good for a beer, wine, or cider. The Kennedy School is located at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211 and an Oregon/SW Washington A4LE Board member will be located at the front entrance of the pub to direct you to the reserved area.

Grant High School Grant High School
Grant High School Grant High School

While the environmental footprint of new construction dominates the discussion about sustainability goals, the successful reuse of existing facilities provides the biggest impact in regard to resource preservation. The Grant High School modernization exemplifies how the reuse of an existing structure can result in an effective high school learning environment that is not compromised, but instead enriched by its historic structure and character. Originally designed in 1923 in the typology of a double loaded corridor, the new design simply adds a 30-foot, three-story bay to the west side of the existing structure and stretches the circulation space to a width that can comfortably accommodate a central row of day-lit, open, enclosed, single-story, and multi-story resources for learners and educators.

In addition to providing additional space, this three-story addition with an open central stair, and tiered multi-story gathering spaces flanked at either end, has transformed a school that has struggled with limited to no daylight to 30% of its learning environments in five disparate inaccessible basement levels, into a unified, collaborative, and cohesive environment. Increasing the compactness of the original footprint and linking all spaces on the lower level creates a continuous three-story learning environment where everyone feels connected and in close proximity to both the outdoors and each other.

At the same time, the external relationships between the school and neighborhood communities are restored by removing structural barriers which have severed this external connectivity since the 1950's and brings the heart of the school back to the new student-focused center of campus. For the first time in decades the community can relate to and enjoy the facade of the original 1923 gymnasium, which is the new home of the arts department.

The modernization will propel Grant High School into the future while embracing and honoring its past.

Professional Team:
  • Architect: Mahlum
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: BHE Group
  • Landscape Architect: Mayer/Reed
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis):
    Theater: PLA; Food Service: Halliday Associates; AN, Acoustics & Vertical Transportation: Greenbusch Group, Historic: Peter Meijer Architect, PC; Envelope: Morrison Hershfield; Estimating: Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB)
  • General Contractor: Andersen/Colas Construction

Thank you to our sponsors!
Bassetti VS America


Chapter Event

October 18, 2018
5:30 pm – 7 pm
½ hour social gathering starting at 5:30 pm

Facilities Matter Presentation »

Floor Solutions
Floor Solutions
2121 NW Front Ave
Portland, OR 97209

In 2015, the Oregon legislature created the Office of School Facilities and provided funds to help school districts across the state address their deferred maintenance issues. Since that time the Office of School Facilities has awarded $175 million in matching grants through the Oregon School Capital Improvement Matching Program (OSCIM Program) and $4.1 million in technical assistance program (TAP) grants to school districts. Come learn about how these programs work, how they help the districts, what the future holds, and how the Office of School Facilities is working with architects and engineers to help districts create healthy, safe, and warm facilities for their students.

The TAP Grant is a great tool for school districts to facilitate capitol planning by providing three separate grants of $25,000 for Long Range Facility Planning, Facility Assessment and Seismic Assessments. The TAP Grant requires the participants to have certified training for the Long Range Facility Planning and Facility Assessments. Oregon Department of Education Assessor Certification and Training is now open for application till October 5, 2018. Certification Training will be open again in late January or early February.

Don’t miss this exciting time to learn and ask questions. We strongly encourage Architects, Engineers, School District Facility Directors and Bond Planners to attend this meeting.

Presenter: Michael Elliot, Office of School Facilities, Oregon Department of Education
Michael Elliott has been in charge of the Office of School Facilities since its creation in 2015. The Office of School Facilities is responsible for administering the Oregon School Capital Improvement Program (OSCIM Program) the Technical Assistance Program (TAP), the hardship grant program, and the Healthy and Safe Schools Plans. Michael is a lifelong Oregonian and lives in Salem with his wife Heidi and their five-year old daughter Emily.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor

PCS

Thank you to our Event Sponsors
3J     V/S America


Chapter Event

DOWA IBI Showroom Wednesday September 19, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 pm
DOWA IBI
907 SW Stark St.
Portland, OR 97205

Furniture Showcase
Come join in an Open House to view new concepts in school furniture design. Teachers, facility managers and administrators are encouraged to come view and tryout various pieces of furniture on display. While enjoying provided refreshments, we’ll have an informal discussion on impressions, needs and concerns for furniture in K-12 schools.


Chapter Tour

Sunset Primary Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Sunset Primary School
West Linn, OR
5 pm

The new school is a replacement school on the same site as the existing school had been for many decades. Built to a capacity of 450 students, the school gives a fresh start to the growing population of the district, and renews the legacy site, which has long been a community hub for the families and neighbors. A cheerful mural at the entry features local flora and fauna. Read more »

Registration is complimentary for this event.

One person cannot register multiple people, each person will need to log into their account. You must have a customer or member account to register.


Chapter Event

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Sentinel
614 S.W. 11th Ave., Portland, OR 97205
4 – 6pm

1 AIA HSW/LU credit available
Light refreshments to be served

Members: $10 | Non-Members: $20

Planning for Resiliency
On April 11, 2015, A4LE hosted a Regional Readiness Forum at the Multnomah Athletic Club. The event was well attended with a panel style discussion on recovery. The outcome of the event was to form a strategy on how A4LE might work with other agencies focused on Resiliency. Since that date, a small task force from the Board has met with Jay Raskin of Salus Resilience ( https://salusresilience.com/ ) to explore the opportunity for further action. A4LE has also added resiliency to the international web site as a focus area supporting the mission of “Improving places where children learn”. The AIA has a resilience and adaptation initiative that may also fit into the framework for exploration.

The outcome of this exploration is a recommendation to proceed with a forum in the Spring 2018 which places the focus on planning rather than recovery. Inviting the Southern Region to the forum to share lessons learned from the recovery in Houston and Puerto Rico is included in the event agenda.

Four topic outline:
  1. Define resiliency as it pertains to educational buildings (Structure, mechanical, electrical, sanitation, water)
  2. Southern Region Lessons Learned
  3. What can we do to prepare & how
  4. Next Steps

Panelists:
    Chris Pellegrin, A4LE South Region Chapter
    Deb France, OH Planning + Design, A4LE Board Member
    Ruwan Jayaweera, PAE
    Abby Dacey, Mahlum

Thank you to our event sponsors!

bassetti Architects Open Your Umbrella


Chapter Tour

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
4 – 6pm
Roosevelt High School
6941 N Central St (main entrance off N. Central)
Portland, OR 97203

Roosevelt

About Roosevelt High School
The diverse, historically rich Roosevelt High School campus is located in the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. The architecture links the dispersed elements of the school through a distributed commons, the central heart of the campus. The design adaptively reuses existing historic spaces for new programs, such as converting the original auditorium into a media center. This approach allowed for an upgrade to the latest systems and technology, while honoring the historic architecture with a fresh perspective. Roosevelt’s robust programs are supported by new additions that include a performing arts complex, gym, new classrooms for the school’s writing and social justice programs, and makers lab.

Free to members | $10 non-members


CANCELLED

Chapter Tour & SchoolsNEXT Presentations

We will not be touring the school, but the SchoolsNEXT presentation will be held at BRIC Architecture, Inc. at 5pm, if anyone would like to attend.

1233 NW Northrup Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97209

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
4 – 7pm
Meridian Creek Middle School
6300 SW Hazel St, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Meridian Creek

Join us for a tour of Meridian Creek Middle School. Rebecca Seward-Beamer will be our guide. Please meet at the school entry. The tour will last about an hour, then we will start the SchoolsNEXT presentations.

No charge to attend!


Chapter Meeting

February 15, 2018
4 – 6pm
Bassetti Architects
721 NW 9th Ave. Suite 350, Portland, OR

Mountainside

Architectural Trends in Design and How They Affect Student Learning
The Beaverton School District’s $680 million bond program is now in its fourth year. With a new middle school, a new high school, and two new elementary schools already open, the program is more than half complete. Staff, design professionals will share their experience in the creation of the 2014 educational specifications and application of the latest architectural trends to create inspiring learning environments – both through new construction and renovations.

  • Sheri D. Stanley, Beaverton SD, administrator for facilities development
  • Christopher Linn, Bora Architects, principal
  • Timothy Ganey, DLR Group, principal
  • Joe Echeverri, Bassetti Architects, associate principal

Parking: Free 2-hour parking located in the Ecotrust building lot, first come first served. Metered street parking available.


Chapter Tour

January 17, 2018
Faubion School
2930 NE Dekum St., Portland, OR 97211
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Members FREE | Non-Members $10

Thank you to our sponsor!
DeaMor


Holiday Party

Henry's Tavern December 7, 2017
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Henry's Tavern
10 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209


School Tour

December 13, 2017
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Odyssey Middle School
Camas School District
5780 NW Pacific Rim Blvd, Camas, WA 98607

Odyssey Middle School
Tour of Odyssey Middle School
Odyssey Middle School, formerly known as the Project-Based Learning MS Program, was offered to 6th and 7th grade students beginning in the fall of 2016 in the former Sharp Labs building on property purchased by the district in the summer of 2016. Now home to 6th-8th graders, the goal of the program is to prepare students for the new high school, under construction on the same site and opening in fall of 2018. Come tour the site and see how the office of the past became the learning environment of the future.

Member: Free
Non-Member: $10

Sneak Peek of Discovery High School


Chapter Tour

November 15, 2017
Citizen Inc.
5:30 pm

As individuals dedicated to improving the spaces and experiences for student and adult learner, we invite you to join in on a rich conversation and exchange of ideas for school design principles and to see an inspiring environment that emulates concepts and ideas for great school environments that foster collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking.

Citizen   Citizen

Please join us for a tour of Citizen, Inc. on November 15th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.

Citizen is a design and technology company devoted to making digital experiences that work harder for people.

Space limited to 45 attendees so please sign up early.

Members: FREE to attend
Non-Members: $10.00


Chapter Tours

October 3, 2017
HELA High Tour / 1:30 pm
Excelsior High School Tour / 3:30 pm
Jemtegaard Middle School Tour / 4:30 pm


Chapter Tour

October 4, 2017
Franklin High School
5405 SE Woodward Street
Portland, OR 97206
4:00 pm

Thank you to our sponsor!


September Social Event

Earlier this year the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter hosted the inaugural 20 Under 40 conference for the Pacific Northwest Region in Portland. Each chapter in the region was asked to nominate 3-4 members under the age of 40 who exhibit leadership qualities and could represent their respective chapters at the event. Through collaborative events and increased familiarity, the younger generations of A4LE can strengthen the future cohesion of the region. In organizing the first 20 Under 40 conference, it was our hope that the event will be repeated annually at a new location within the region.

Please join us at Brix Tavern for a night of socializing and a recap of this year’s event. We will describe each of the sessions that took place during the conference, summarize the content covered, and present the conclusions we reached along the way. Additionally, we will show off some fun pictures of the attendees/sessions and announce the location of next year’s conference!

This casual social will aim to educate members over the age of 40 of the energy and drive present in the younger A4LE contingent, and inspire younger members to attend next year's event.


Date: September 20, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Brix Tavern

1338 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, OR 97209
NW 13th & Hoyt in the Pearl District

This social is free to attend for all.


Chapter Event

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Virtual Reality in the School Design Process
5:30pm – 6:30pm VR Demo (followed by no host network)
Skanska USA Building Inc.
222 SW Columbia Street, Suite 300 (in the KOIN Center)
Portland OR 97201

We invite you to experience the latest in virtual reality and school design. Participants will explore Reynolds SD elementary school while in design through the VR demo provided by Skanska USA in partnership with BLRB architects.

Post Demonstration: Join the Association for Learning Environments team, hosts and participants at Nel Centro for a no host spirit and networking opportunity. Nel Centro is three blocks West of Skanska adjacent to the Hotel Modera.

Nel Centro
1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland OR 97201
Phone: 503.484.1077
Nelcentro.com

Members: $10
Non-Members: $15
School person – just show ID – FREE $

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School Tour

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 4:30 pm
650 NW 118th Ave, Portland, OR 97299

Beaverton Middle School
Beaverton MS Mahlum Architects designers sought to incorporate several elements to enhance teaching and learning in the 165,000-square-foot building. The structure has an open, airy feeling that's enhanced by abundant natural light, with its most dramatic effect in the stadium-like seating of the combination cafeteria and commons area. Classroom ceilings are sloped ever so slightly to further enhance the natural light benefits.

Classrooms may be more distinctive than seasoned counterparts elsewhere in the district because of the huge dry erase boards on opposing walls as well as the energy-efficient LED lighting above and throughout the building.

In addition to exposed X beams designed for structural resiliency, the building features other built-in surprises, such as an outdoor science education area with tools to measure rainfall through the building's drainage system. Also, QR code stations will be located in the area – as well as other parts of the building – so that teachers can offer a variety of evolving instructional material for students' downloading on smartphones and tablets. A solar array will be on the roof.

Members: FREE / Non-Members: $15

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