Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP

2020 Annual Chapter Conference

ConnectED   June 3-5, 2020
ConnectED
Wenatchee Convention Center
Wenatchee, WA

Click here for more information and to register for the conference.


POSTPONED – Tour & Dinner Meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dessie Evans Elementary School

Puyallup School District
7911 144th St Ct E
Puyallup, WA 98375

Dessie Evans
Dessie Evans
Dessie Evans
With a large population for an elementary school, Dessie Evans is big enough to accommodate over 1,000 students, which translates into 44 home rooms, or about six classes at each grade level. 110,000 square feet of opportunities for 21st century learning. Nestled into the woods, the building connects classrooms with the natural world, even while in a residential neighborhood. The wooded site presented challenges and opportunities.

Innovative Solutions
The unusual shape required an unconventional response. Only one side offered access from the street, and happened to be the narrowest portion. Instead of locating the building near the front, with the field/play areas at the back, the building is placed towards the back to bring students together with nature as part of everyday learning.

Each classroom wing has an outdoor learning area nearby, facilitating impromptu trips outside. The large circles can support a full class for learning activities, with reclaimed logs and boulders for seating. The building is designed to separate the more noisy, public activities (Gym, Commons, Stage, Music) from the quieter classroom wings. For evening events, security doors can close off the academic wings to prevent them being accessed from the Commons, and operable walls can be opened to connect the Gym, Commons, and Stage.

Sustainable Design Strategies
Solar orientation was carefully considered when placing the new building on the site. Most classrooms have windows facing north or south. This avoids glare due to low‐angle light from the east and west. The sunshades on the south windows optimize daylight by preventing glare and solar heat gain. General lighting is automatically adjusted for optimum energy savings. Photo sensors on the ceiling detect the amount of available daylight to calculate how much electric light is needed. Dimmable lighting reduces lighting energy use by approximately 50% on sunny days when the shades are open.

The large detention pond acts like a forest by collecting stormwater and slowly releasing it downstream. Based on the Department of Ecology’s requirements, the pond, along with native plantings in the area, work with the natural environment to mitigate soil erosion, resist flooding, and protect the local wildlife habitat.

Reinforcement of the Surrounding Community
Dessie Evans Elementary occupies an underdeveloped site in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Puyallup. The school is situated specifically to prioritize safety and eliminate congestion. The site is only accessible by its narrowest side, which made programming challenging. Instead of taking the conventional approach up placing the building towards the front and the field/play areas towards the back, the building was placed towards the back, allowing the classrooms to have the opportunity to be nestled towards the woods. This orientation reinforces the neighborhood’s connections with nature, connections that are echoed throughout the school’s design. The location of the playfield also creates opportunities for a variety of community uses.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to identify the benefits of using color and graphics to aid wayfinding.
  • Participants will be able to recognize the advantages of breaking a large school down into smaller learning communities.
  • Participants will be able to give examples of integrated classroom technology systems and components (interactive displays, LCD display screens, voice amplification, Wi‐Fi, tablet charging stations, scene‐based lighting controls).
  • Participants will be able to learn about site strategies to manage a large student population for arrival and dismissal.

Project Team:
Architect: NAC Architecture
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Civil Engineer: CPL
Landscape Architect: Weisman Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
Electrical Engineer: NAC Electrical Engineers
Acoustical: SSA Accoustics
Cost: RLB|Robinson
General Contractor: Garco Construction

Tour: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Dessie Evans Elementary School

Dinner: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Farm 12
3303 #B 8th Ave SE
Puyallup, WA 98372

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

Please register so we can get an accurate head count.

Early bird cutoff is 5:00 pm, March 18, 2020

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We greatly appreciate your attendance and active participation in our chapter events.


POSTPONED – Western Washington Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cost:
Members: $55
Non-Members: $70
School Districts Special Rate: $30

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Tentative Timeline
7:50 AM – 9:45 AM Buses take ferry from Seattle to Bremerton. Buses travel to Klahowya Secondary School in Silverdale
9:45 AM – 10:45 AM Tour Klahowya Secondary School
7607 NW Newbury Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
Central Kitsap School District
Bassetti Architects
Neeser Construction

Klahowya is nestled in a 1,200-acre wildlife refuge. Bassetti designed its new classroom wing to embrace the lush forest surrounding the school and connect students to nature. Classrooms are organized around flexible, collaborative learning spaces. Experiential graphics highlight the importance of the old tree growth of the Puget Sound.
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Buses load and travel to Central Kitsap Middle School in Silverdale
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Tour Central Kitsap Middle School
3700 NW Anderson Hill Rd, Silverdale, WA 98383
Central Kitsap School District
Integrus
Skanska

The Central Kitsap High School and Middle School project represents a new direction for the district: consolidate two schools into a joint facility. Organized to maximize opportunities on the steeply sloped site and incorporate views of the surrounding area, the design creates a distinct identity for both schools while sharing infrastructure and an innovative CTE facility and programs.
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Box Lunch at Central Kitsap Middle School
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM Buses load and travel to Olympic High School in Bremerton
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Tour Olympic High School
7070 Stampede Blvd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311
Central Kitsap School District
Sundberg Kennedy Ly Au Young Architects
Korsmo

Olympic High School replaced an existing 1977 building with a new 92,000 SF centerpiece, that includes a prominent new Entry, Classrooms, Technical Labs, and a Performing Arts Theatre. Central to the scheme is a light-filled Commons where students, staff and the community can congregate, feel welcome and engage in flexible learning.
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Buses load and travel to Blakely Elementary on Bainbridge Island
2:45 PM – 3:30 PM Tour Blakely Elementary
4704 Blakely Ave, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Bainbridge Island School District
Mithun
Forma Construction

Blakely Elementary is a K-4 replacement school inspired by the surrounding forest and sloping site. Its façade references Douglas fir anatomy, while structural trees line the central circulation spine. The plan incorporates a learning cluster module of four classrooms folded around shared learning areas for equitable daylight, access and engagement.
3:30 PM Buses load and travel back to TBA via Bainbridge to Seattle ferry. Drop Participants off at TBA
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Happy Hour at TBD


POSTPONED – Eastern Washington Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

This tour is capped at 45 attendees!

Cost:
Members: $25
Non-Members: $35
School Districts: Free

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Tentative Timeline
1st Stop North Pines Middle School
11900 E Broadway Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Central Valley School District
ALSC Architects
Garco Construction
2nd Stop Shiloh Hills Elementary School
505 E Stonewall Ave, Spokane, WA 99208
Mead School District
MMEC Architects
Garco Construction
3rd Stop Lunch
Location TBD
4th Stop Linwood Elementary School
906 W Weile Ave, Spokane, WA 99208
Spokane School District
Integrus Architecture
TW Clark Construction
5th Stop North Central High School
1600 N Howard St, Spokane, WA 99205
Spokane School District
NAC Architecture
Garco Construction


POSTPONED

Service Day at Tillicum Elementary School

Clover Park SD Saturday, April 18, 2020
9 AM – 4 PM
8514 Maple St SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Tillicum

A4LE is joining together to give back to our community. Tillicum Elementary School in Lakewood has been selected as our Day of Service Project on Saturday, April 18th from 9 am-4 pm. Please join us in giving back to the students and community of Lakewood by donating funds, products or volunteering your time on April 18th! Volunteer all day, morning, or afternoon.

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
Gold ($2,500 +)
  • Name listed on Service Day e-blast
  • Recognition of sponsorship at Service Day
  • Name listed on Chapter website event announcement
  • Recognition of sponsorship within post-event summary e-mail
Silver ($1,000 – $2,499)
  • Recognition of sponsorship at Service Day
  • Name listed on Chapter website event announcement
  • Recognition of sponsorship within post-event summary e-mail
Bronze ($1 – $999)
  • Recognition of sponsorship at Service Day
  • Recognition of sponsorship within post-event summary e-mail

Click here to download the Sponsorship Opportunities form. Please e-mail your completed forms to: Michael Davis @ mdavis@bassettiarch.com


This conference has been rescheduled for November 19-22, 2020

2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us November 19-22, 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 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!


Thank you to our 2018-2019 Sponsors

Valedictorian

AHBL BCE Coughlin Porter DLR Group
Hargis Hutteball Oremus McGranahan NAC
PCS WDG

Salutatorian

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
Metrix

Honor Roll

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

Contributor

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Lincoln High School Video

View the recorded tour on January 23.

Representatives Needed!

The Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) Washington Chapter is recognized as a valuable stakeholder and partner to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and has been invited to have representatives sit on the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).  A4LE has had representatives from both Western and Eastern Washington on TAC for several decades and we are now at a point in time where we have to identify two new representatives from our Chapter to be our representatives for this committee. TAC meets quarterly with meetings typically occurring in Fife. Your presence at the subsequent A4LE Chapter Board meeting would be desired. If you are a member of A4LE in good standing and this is something that interests you, please respond with a letter of interest by April 15th for our A4LE WA Chapter Board consideration.

The primary function of the TAC is to provide technical assistance and advice to OSPI, which includes the following responsibilities:
  • Promote cost effective planning, design, and construction of public schools in order to achieve reduced maintenance and operation costs.
  • Provide expertise and advice on technical matters related to the construction, modification, and maintenance of school facilities throughout the state.
  • Facilitate communication between OSPI and professional organizations on technical issues.
  • Represent field conditions and school districts.
  • Recommend changes to enhance and improve service to school districts.

Find out more about TAC here:

https://www.k12.wa.us/about-ospi/workgroups-committees/currently-meeting-workgroups/school-facilities-advisory-groups

For questions, please contact Steve Murikami at smurakami@oacsvcs.com or Taine Wilton at wiltont@edmonds.wednet.edu

2019-2020 Events

April 1, 2020
Western Washington Bus Tour
– Klahowya Secondary School
– Central Kitsap Middle School
– Olympic High School
– Blakely Elementary

April 8, 2020
Eastern Washington Bus Tour
– North Pines Middle School
– Shiloh Hills Elementary School
– Linwood Elementary School
– North Central High School

April 18, 2020
Service Day at Tillicum Elementary School
8514 Maple St SW, Lakewood, WA 98498

April 23-26, 2020
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
The Nines
Portland, OR

May 20, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Margaret Mead Elementary School
1725 216th Ave NE, Sammamish, WA 98074
Lake Washington School District
Architect: BLRB Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

4:30 – 5:30 pm
Peter Kirk Elementary School
1312 6th St., Kirkland, WA 98033
Lake Washington School District
Architect: Studio Meng Strazzara Architects
Contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis

June 3-5, 2020
Washington Chapter Conference
Wenatchee Convention Center
Wenatchee, WA

October 28-31, 2020
LearningSCAPES Conference
San Antonio, TX

November 19-22, 2020
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Portland, OR

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Pathfinder Kindergarten Center, Everett, WA
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