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, CMM, CMP

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.

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.

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2022 Scholarship Winners

Kate Buehrig Kate Buehrig
“It is so exciting to receive the scholarship from the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter! This award will support my future education and allow me to attend the University of San Diego. I look forward to exploring a new environment and challenging myself in new ways. Thank you for this generous award."

Joey Young Joey Young
“I am honored to be receiving the Oregon/SW Washington Chapter Scholarship. This scholarship will help to support me in my studies in biochemistry at the University of Washington and also my continuation of studies in viola performance and music composition. I plan to become a pharmacist so I can serve the people in my community. I am very thankful for this scholarship and your support.”

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