Oregon / SW Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Oregon and the area of Southwest Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

Chapter Tour

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
485 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.

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.

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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 Brew House & Pub
2005 SE 192nd Ave #100
Camas, WA 98607

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members



K-12 Furniture Showcase

November 6, 2019
5:30 – 7:30 pm
IBI Group
907 SW Harvey Milk Street
Portland, OR 97211

Join us for a fun & interactive evening to experience how furniture supports learning. More information will be available soon.


2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us April 23-26, 2020
Heroes Within Us
The Nines
525 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Call for Speakers

The 2020 Pacific Northwest Region Conference committee is now accepting submissions for speaking engagements for the event April 23-26, 2020 in Portland, OR. The conference theme is Heroes Within Us!

Click here to view Submission Requirements.

Submit your proposal!

Deadline for proposals: November 1, 2019

Call for Heroes!

The Heroes within us theme of the PNW 2020 conference will highlight regional Hero stories from each Chapter. We invite you to submit individuals or groups who have done something extraordinary and made a difference in improving places where children learn. We are looking for Heroes in our schools, students, teachers, administrators, board members, parents, community members, AEC professionals, trades and product representatives. The 2020 conference will celebrate the advancement of education by the effort of many diverse people. Heroes will be featured on the web site and at the conference with social media and displays.

Click here to submit your Hero Today!

Mentors Needed

Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen for more information.

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Annual Chapter Sponsors!


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Lease Krutcher Lewis

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