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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 The new elementary school replaces an outdated facility on the site that remained in operation during construction.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

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 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:

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.

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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.


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.


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 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.


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: 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 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
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

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.

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

6:00-8:00 pm
Hop N Cork
17450 Lower Boones Ferry Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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.

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

5:00-7:00 pm
Bargarten Bavarian Social Haus
2905 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005

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


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.

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


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.

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


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

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).

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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 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...

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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.

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Chapter Event

DOWA IBI Showroom Wednesday September 19, 2018
5:30 – 7:30 pm
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
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 ( ) 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

    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


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


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


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!

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.

Call for 2017-2018 Tours

The Association for Learning Environments Oregon/SW Washington Chapter is soliciting nominations of projects in Oregon and Southwest Washington area to tour. While our focus is K-12 schools, we're also very interested in receiving submittal for other learning environments that are inspirational and may potentially influence the approach to K-12 school design.

For the coming year, we're looking for five or six projects within our Chapter. The potential tour dates are typically on Wednesdays, as noted below:

  • October 3 & 4, 2017 – 4 school tours as part of a Chapter School Tour Event
  • November 15, 2017
  • December 13, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • February 14, 2018
  • March 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

Final selection of the tours will be completed by the Board in September. The remaining nominations may be considered additional tours or events.

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

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

Holiday Social!

December 7, 2016
Brix Tavern, 1338 NW Hoyt St. Portland, OR 97209
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Chapter Event

Thursday, November 10, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Woodland High School
1500 Dike Access Rd, Woodland, WA 98674

The new Woodland High school is a 154,000 sf, comprehensive high school for 900 students which opened in the fall of 2015. To reinforce the interconnectedness of the diverse curriculum general classrooms are integrated with specialized programs, such as CTE, Art, Science and Special Ed. Classroom wings are organized around shared activity areas that provide a diversity of settings for students, teachers and community partners, as well as a direct connection to the outdoors and a central courtyard. Key design concepts include the idea of teaching and learning on display through transparency and providing different scaled “eddies” throughout the school to support social learning. The project team included McGranahan Architects, HDJ – A Division of PBS (civil), Murase Associates (landscape), Kramer Gehlen Associates (structural), BCE Engineers (mechanical and electrical), Halliday and Associates (food service), SSA Acoustics, and Skanska USA (general contractor). Funding for the project came from a $52.8 million bond approved by voters in 2012.

Chapter Event

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Oregon Episcopal School (OES) – Lower School
6300 SW Nicol Road, Portland, OR 97223

Lower School Tour at Oregon Episcopal School

Lower School Tour Oregon Episcopal School's new 40,000 SF Lower School serves grades Pre-K through 5th grade and features innovative learning spaces with large flexible classrooms, dedicated group collaboration spaces, science lab, art studio, dining/gathering and performance space, and ample access to the outdoors. Located at entrance to the campus, the project creates a front door for the school and opens up new green space to serve as a commons for students of all ages. The school emphasizes an inquiry-based learning modeled inspired by the Reggio Emilia system, which needs environments that encourage exploration and experimentation – both indoors and out.

This building is in the Path to Net Zero program of the Energy Trust of Oregon, targeting an EUI of 22. Measures incorporated to achieve these goals while still meeting a very modest budget included a high-performance envelope combined with natural ventilation for cooling, and high-efficiency VRF heat pumps for heat, and Dedicated Outside Air System with heat recovery for ventilation and some minor tempering. Efficient interior lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures further lower resource consumption significantly. Overall, the project reduces energy consumption by 37% below the baseline system which met the 2014 Oregon Energy Efficiency Specialty Code requirements.

Chapter Event

September 14, 2016
4:00 – 6:00 PM
Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663
Clark College Map

Building Tour of the new Clark College STEM Building, opening for classes September 2016
opening for classes September 2016

Students attending Clark College this fall in Vancouver, Washington will have access to enhanced learning opportunities in the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) building. Encompassing over 70,000 square feet, the $40 million dollar facility hosts biology, chemistry, engineering, physics and geology programs. The facility also features a drop tower for lab experiments, and a 6-table cadaver lab for human anatomy observation.

Designed by LSW Architects in Vancouver, WA, the STEM Building offers abundant natural light, transparency into learning spaces, display and interactivity, and acoustically appropriate environments throughout. Housing 30 classrooms and science labs, the building also features one technology computer lab, indoor/outdoor study spaces, offices and support areas.

$10 for Members / $15 for Non-members / FREE for School District Employees

SchoolsNEXT Presentation and Workshop

June 7, 2016
4:00 pm
907 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

Members $10 / Non-Members $15
Sponsors (includes 2 registrations) $300

Lake Oswego Junior High School Lake Oswego Junior High School

Lake Oswego Junior High School: Their design of The Best of the Best School was original, creative, innovative and best covered all aspects of the planning process; community environment, learning environment and physical environment. Based on how they could improve their own school and site, along with collaborative learning, innovative green solutions, and safety and security was critical to the success of this project. The presentation included an excellent video that expressed their process and their vision.

Design Thinking Workshop: Cultivating Creative Problem Solving

Karina Ruiz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, DOWA-IBI Group
Rachel Floyd, DOWA-IBI Group

Come join us to discover the power of the design thinking process to creatively solve your biggest challenges!

  • Teachers will receive tools they can use to engage students in Design Thinking exercises
  • Architects will learn how to leverage our training to examine problems beyond architecture
  • Administrators can expect to learn strategies for engaging their teams in the Design Thinking process

Design Thinking is a human-centered approach that takes on multiple forms to answering the question "what do we do next?" It is collaborative, empathetic, curious and adaptive. As architects, we are often charged with facilitating varied groups of diverse people, working together to solve complex problems in elegant and creative ways. This is the heart of design thinking. Most of all, design thinking is about recognizing the importance of everyone's story. So, how do we consider bringing design thinking to the forefront our education system? Join us for a workshop that will offer participants a first-hand experience in cultivating the design thinking process. Through the stages of discovery, ideation and experimentation, users will gain knowledge in how to approach generating and developing ideas and solutions for the problems we face every day in education.

Chapter Event – Regional Readiness Forum

April 29, 2016
7:30 – 9:30 am
Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

Breakfast provided
AIA CE Credits available

Members: $10 / Non-Members: $15
Sponsors: $500 (includes 2 registrations)

The reality of an active geologic past in the Pacific Northwest has become more clear over the last couple of decades – but our buildings and infrastructure have not yet caught up. Ensuring our regional resilience may well be one of the most important issues that we will face in a generation.

Mount Ranier

This past January, on the 316th anniversary of the last Cascadia Quake, the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW) sponsored a panel comprised of regional resilience and engineering experts to discuss "Seismic Safe Schools" and how our schools can play an intergral role in the earthquake resilience of our metro region. Building upon the conversation already begun, the Oregon/ SW Washington Chapter calls upon our membership and the greater community to participate in the next step of the dialogue. Don't miss this opportunity to help shape our region!

We invite architects, engineers, contractors, industry partners, school district personnel, regional government representatives, and emergency services personnel to join us for a breakfast panel discussion and call-to-action!

Let's understand the challenges, discuss the obstacles and opportunities, and together path a course to make a difference in the resiliency of our region.

Jay Raskin, AIA, Jay Raskin, Architect
Specializing in resilience planning and design, Jay serves as the Vice Chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Committee and Chair of the National Institute of Standards & Technology's Community Resilience Panel.

Gloria Zacharias, Program Manager, SRGP
Since 2007 the State of Oregon Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program (SRGP) has funded 24 schools for seismic rehabilitation. These grants are available to make the community safe, resilient and prepared for future events.

Kent Yu, PhD, PE, SE, Founder, SEFT Consulting Group
An experienced structural engineer, Kent has traveled the world to study post-earthquake seismic performance to inform his work. Kent is the founding Chair of the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Committee and was a team leader in the development of the Oregon Resiliency Plan.

Scott Johnson, Emergency Management, Division Manager, CRESA
Scott manages an emergency management and homeland security program for the Clark Regional Emergency Service Agency (CRESA), encompassing Clark County and the 7 cities in the county. CRESA is a regional public safety agency that provides 9-1-1 dispatch, technology services and emergency management.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Oregon School Capital Matching Grant Program

February 17, 2016
Floor Solutions
2121 NW Front Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Presenter: Michael Elliot, Office of School Facilities, Oregon Department of Education

SB447 provides $123 million in matching grant money for capital improvements in Oregon K-12 schools. The Office of School Facilities manages the program. This presentation will focus on what the Oregon School Improvement Matching Program is and all of its components. This will include discussions of the Technical Assistance Grants, Hardship Grants as well as the bond matching grants. It will cover the requirements of the bond matching grants and the results of the first round of distributions. It will also look ahead to future rounds and discuss what is still to be done in terms of the other parts of the program.

Chapter Holiday Social

December 9, 2015
Chef’s Alley at Swank Restaurant / Swine Moonshine + Whiskey Bar
Paramount Hotel, 808 SW Taylor St, Portland

Chapter Tour

November 10, 2015
9:00 am
Happy Valley Elementary School
13865 SE King Road, Happy Valley, OR 97086

Happy Valley Through the Association for Learning Environments (formerly CEFPI) we have been included in an opportunity to tour the elementary and middle schools in Happy Valley. A local firm, BOORA Architects, will be on hand to lead the tour. Happy Valley Middle & Elementary Schools is an unusual project as it is a 800 student MS attached to a 550 student elementary school that takes advantage of multiple stories to address a compact site (less than 14 usable acres), partially taken up by wetlands. Combining two schools in one also helped with some overlapping shared uses and other efficiencies. Internally, the school is organized around a welcoming, three-story central space that includes an informal stepped amphitheater that is used daily for casual performances and announcements. A variety of learning and teacher support spaces are organized around flexible "learning commons" for each grade level. Student spaces like the Art Classroom feature a high degree of transparency to put the creative process on display for the entire school to see. The entire facility is designed with layers of access and security to allow for community use after school hours. Common sense low cost sustainable strategies include optimized solar orientation, high performance envelope design, additional building insulation, carefully considered daylighting and a rainwater courtyard that also serves as a learning tool.

Chapter Finals for the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Vancouver iTech Preparatory Academy
4100 Plomondon Street, Vancouver, WA 98661

Free to attend! RSVP: Katrina Shum-Miller

Chapter Event

March 11, 2015
Glumac International, 900 Southwest 5th Avenue #1600, Portland, OR
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Portland Public Schools Bond Update

Portland Public Schools In November of 2012, Portland voters approved a $482 Million dollar school improvement bond for Portland Public Schools. The scope of the bond included modernizations at three high schools – Franklin, Roosevelt and Grant as well as a complete rebuild of Faubion ES. In addition, improvement projects at up to 63 schools were planned. This work focused on roof replacements, incremental seismic improvements, science room upgrades and ADA improvements. Since the bond passed, PPS has completed summer improvement work at 5 schools in 2013. In Summer 2014 work was completed at 8 schools. This work included 3 of the 15 elevators planned for the bond. The design for Summer 2015 is nearly complete and ready to bid.

Design for the modernization at Roosevelt and Franklin has gotten underway. Project delivery for these two projects will be via CM/GC. Lease Crutcher Lewis and Skanska respectively are the CM/GC contractors. Design is nearing completion with work to begin this summer.

The replacement of Faubion is unique insofar as it includes a joint development agreement with Concordia University. The school design is underway with construction slated to begin in Fall 2015.

Jim Owens, Executive Director of the Office of School Modernization will provide an update of the 2012 bond work and provide a look ahead at the Grant High School modernization which is just getting underway.

Please come join us for a informative evening – PPS's bond strategy is predicated on a 4 year cycle. The 2016 bond is around the corner. Hear how PPS plans to strategize the 2016 bond.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Heery Servo Skanska Built by P & C

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