Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

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


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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
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BCRA Dykeman Greenbusch Group Keithly Barber

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Great Floors McKinistry Orange Thread patcraft
Robinson Co. Sazan Turner



Call for Tours

The Washington Chapter is soliciting nominations of projects in both Eastern and Western Washington to tour. While our focus is K-12 schools, we're also very interested in receiving submissions for other learning environments that are inspirational and may potentially influence the approach to K-12 school design.

These tours precede our Chapter Dinner Meetings and are an essential part of our annual activities. The potential tour dates are typically on Wednesdays or Thursdays, with tentative dates listed below.

For the month of September we have pre-selected the tour location which is a carryover from last years' submissions:

  • September 25 or 26, 2019: Mary Lyon Elementary School, Tacoma School District
  • October 23 or 24, 2019
  • November 13 or 14, 2019: Eastern Washington tour and dinner meeting
  • January 22 or 23, 2020
  • February 26 or 27, 2020
  • March 25, 2020: Superintendent Chris Reykdal will be presenting a Tacoma or south of Tacoma tour.
  • May 20 or 21, 2020

Final selection of the tours will be completed by the Board at our August 29th Board meeting.

The remaining nominations will also be considered for a Eastern and Western Washington Spring Bus Tour in April.

To submit a school for consideration, please email the Facility Tour Form before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23, 2019 to Taine Wilton, Wiltont@edmonds.wednet.edu.

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