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

Virtual Chapter Tour

March 9, 2021
4:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

AIA Logo   TBD

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.

Zoom Meeting

March 16, 2020
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 Chapter Tour

March 31, 2021
4:30 – 6:00 pm Pacific

AIA Logo   1.5 HSW

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.

A4LE and PNW Leaders feel it is not prudent to hold this event in April 2021. We are currently working with the hotel to re-schedule.

2021 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us TBD
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 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.

Upcoming Events

March 9, 2021
Virtual Chapter Tour – Vancouver iTech Preparatory

March 16, 2021
Zoom Meeting – On the Boards: Learning Environments in Process

March 31, 2021
Virtual Chapter Tour – Lakeridge

April 6, 2021
Virtual Chapter Tour – Kellogg Middle School

April 21, 2021
Virtual (?) Chapter Tour – Hockinson Middle School

April 29 – May 2, 2021
A4LE and PNW Leaders feel it is not prudent to hold this event in April 2021. We are currently working with the hotel to re-schedule.

Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Portland, OR

May 5, 2021
Virtual (?) Chapter Tour – North Salem High School

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2021 Chapter Scholarship

The Oregon / SW Washington Chapter Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program designed for graduating students who seek financial support for their pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities in similar fields represented by members of the Association.

The amount of this Scholarship will be $2,000.

Click here for more information and to download the Application form.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

2020 Scholarship Winners

Both of the recipients for the 2019-2020 Oregon/SW Washington Chapter scholarship graduated from Camas High School. Congratulations to Sarah and Thomas!
Sarah Chelsey Sarah Chelsey
Camas High School
Samueli School of Engineering
Sarah Chelsey is attending UCLA where she is entering in the Samueli School of Engineering. Sarah says, “this scholarship is an endorsement of my academic endeavors and degree pursuit. I hope to honor this endorsement by contributing meaningful research to the biomedical community.”
Thomas Hull Thomas Hull
Camas High School
Montana State University
Thomas Hull is attending Montana State University. “It is truly an honor to receive the A4LE OR/SW WA Chapter Scholarship this year. I am currently studying conservation biology and ecology at Montana State University, and I hope to one day become a field biologist. 2020 has been a complicated year to say the least, which has not made the transition to college easy. However, thanks to this award, I can invest more time into my schoolwork and clubs and less time into worrying about how I will pay for my education. Thus, this scholarship will go a long way in helping me accomplish my education and career goals, so thank you to everyone at A4LE!”

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