Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

School Tour & Dinner

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Madrona School
Edmonds School District
9300 236th Street SW, Edmonds, WA 98020

Madrona School

Madrona School The design of the new Madrona School responds to the unique Edmonds School District K-8 Option and District wide Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs. Serving up to 660 students, the new 80,000 SF facility embraces the non-graded, cross age learning community. The design works to engage the school’s value of the outdoors by maximizing transparency from interior learning spaces to exterior learning courtyards. In an effort to amplify educational space and communal areas while emphasizing the value of the outdoors, the new Madrona School minimizes indoor circulation and provides covered exterior circulation within a secure site perimeter. This patchwork of indoor and outdoor learning spaces that are linked by covered walkways results in a rich and diverse environment for learning.

The most important goal of the project is to create an environment that responds to the specific acoustic needs of the spaces, whether it is dampening or clarity, and contributes to the positive qualities of the learning environment. The design response to this goal includes providing appropriate ceiling and wall absorption throughout the school, eroding and glazing corners to allow the DHH students to see around them, and the selection of specific colors that contrast for legible signing. Reducing glare and utilizing the correct lighting is also key to providing a successful space for DHH students.

Project Team:
  • Architect: Mahlum Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Cascade Design Collaborative
  • Civil Engineer: KPFF
  • Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Tavis Fitzmaurice
  • Contractor: FORMA

Tour: 4:15 – 5:30 PM
Madrona School

Networking and Cocktails: 5:45 – 6:30 PM
Edmonds Yacht Club
326 Admiral Way, Edmonds, WA 98020

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Program: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early)   $60.00
Members (Late) $70.00
Non-Members (Late) $80.00
School Districts $30.00

Please register so we can get an accurate head count.


Early cutoff is 5:00 pm June 14th

School District Employees
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A4LE Brings Community Together at Madison Elementary School

Day of Service at Madison brings volunteers and over $80,000 in upgrades

Everett Public Schools

Everett—April 20 was a Day of Service filled with beauty bark, playground equipment, benches, carpet, paint and over 140 volunteers helping install upgrades at Madison Elementary School. Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) selected Madison Elementary to receive over $80,000 for upgrades to their school and they organized the labor as well.

Beginning the previous weekend, volunteers from Skanska General Contractors, Weisman Design Group, and Mahlum Architects prepped the school site by removing and disposing of the old play structure and pouring concrete footings to prepare for the big day. When volunteers arrived at 9 a.m. on April 20 they checked in and received a special t-shirt, put on their gloves and went to work.

Madison “Wow that’s a lot of footings!” shared Christen Sanders, volunteer from Coughlin Porter Lundeen, who was thankful for the prep work so the concrete had time to dry.

A4LE volunteers, worked alongside Everett Public Schools facilities and maintenance staff, Madison students and staff and community members. They installed a new kindergarten play structure, concrete pavers, interior and exterior furniture, new walk-off mats at the main entry, weeded and placed beauty bark in landscaped areas, and installed new plastic slats in the generator enclosure fence.

Madison Elementary teacher, Julie Smith shared, “This is the most meaningful activity I have ever been a part of at Madison.”

“We’re grateful for the willing volunteers and accommodating district and school staff that helped our Day of Service become a success. We hope the kids and families will enjoy the improvements for years to come,” added Will Shrader, volunteer from Weisman Design Group.

A4LE is a professional, nonprofit association whose mission is to improve the places where children learn, and whose members locally include many professionals associated with the school design and construction industry.

Everett Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Joyce Stewart stated, “It’s amazing to see what we can do when we all come together as a community.”

“What a great day at Madison Elementary!” said Darcy Walker, director of facilities and planning at Everett Public Schools. “I want to extend my sincere appreciation to A4LE and to all the volunteers that made this amazing gift to the Madison Elementary community possible.”

Watch Day of Service at Madison Elementary.

A4LE Washington Chapter sponsors for this project:

Skanska General Contractors
Play Creation Landscape Structures

Gold Level Sponsors
Dykeman Architects
Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Cornerstone General Contractors
Bassetti Architects
Weisman Design Group

Silver Level Sponsors
Hargis Engineers
Mahlum Architects
OAC Services

Bronze Level Sponsor
Howard S. Wright Construction

In-kind Sponsors
Anova Furnishings
Forbo Flooring
Catalyst Workplace Activation
Spectra Contract Flooring
United Site Services


2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us April 23-26, 2020
Heroes Within Us
The Nines
525 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204

To register for the conference and to book you room, please click here.

Thank you to our 2018-2019 Sponsors


AHBL BCE Coughlin Porter DLR Group
Hargis Hutteball Oremus McGranahan NAC


integrus mahlum Mohawk Group

Magna Cum Laude

bassetti BLRB BNBuilders DeaMor
LPD TCF Architecture SMS WCG
OAC EDU Beresford

Dean's List

BCRA Dykeman Greenbusch Group Keithly Barber

Honor Roll

A3 Acoustics AESI DIRTT ehsi
Great Floors McKinistry Orange Thread patcraft
Robinson Co. Sazan Turner



Remaining 2018-2019 Events

June 20, 2019
Tour & Dinner Meeting
Madrona K-8

2019 Awards

Polished Apple Award Winner:
Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, Everett, WA
DLR Group

Pathfinder Kindergarten Center

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LearningSCAPES 2019


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