Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

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

Virtual Tours

May 20, 2021
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Des Moines Elementary School
Highline Public Schools

Des Moines Elementary School
The expansive sunlit foyer welcomes the tour into a warm and engaging school. Participants will experience the vibrant nature of the space gazing upward to a high ceiling with beautiful wood beams, ample wooden benches, and an engaging underwater mural scene that encompasses the entire wall. Playful, whimsical shapes, and colorful salmon are scattered across the floor and repeated throughout the school, creating curious anticipation of what lies ahead. The tour will begin with a brief overview and response to questions inside the lobby in which the administrative area, kindergarten playground, and wetlands are all within view. From there, the tour will proceed left into the Activities Wing, which includes the gymnasium, cafeteria/multi-purpose room, music rooms, and community room. Situated in close-proximity, all elements function as flexible spaces for events, meetings, and community gatherings. Continuing down the Active Corridor the tour will then move into the Learning Communities. Participants will be greeted at the entrance to each corridor with vibrant color coded circular floor graphics and whimsical salmon. Carved into wood paneling are large, engaging marine mammals (Lower Level: grades PreK-2) and birds (Upper Level: grades 3-5) to help students navigate and understand their relationship to other familiar nearby features—helping them comfortably connect to their environment. Once outside, the tour will encounter natural features such as a rain garden, wetlands, raised beds for gardening, and meandering paths. A learning courtyard with mini amphitheater and graceful pergola encourages smaller, more intimate gatherings. A large playground with covered play shed and colorful jungle gyms provide ample room to run and play. On the south side adjacent to the hard surface play area, is the multi-purpose grass play field that includes both baseball and soccer.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how the needs and desires of the district and community were integrated into the design.
  • Learn how critical noise mitigation requirements were addressed.
  • Learn about the robust safety and security features.
  • Learn how the school was integrated onto a site that had multiple wetlands, a creek, and challenging topography.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: Hutteball + Oremus Architecture
Landscape Architect: Weisman Design Group
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
Electrical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Contractor: Absher Construction Company
Owner Construction Management: Vanir Construction Management
Specialized Consultants:
    Acoustical Engineer: Stantec
    Cost Estimating: ProDims
    Hazardous Material: PBS Engineering & Environmental
    Geotechnical Engineer: Associated Earth Sciences, Inc.
    Food Services: JLR Design Group
    Land Surveying: Bush, Roed & Hitchings, Inc.
    Traffic Engineering: Gibson Traffic Consultants
    Transportation Engineering & Planning: Transportation Engineering NorthWest (TENW)
    Cultural Resources Assessment: SWCA Environmental Consultants
    Environmental & Wetland: Aquatica Environmental Consulting

Roosevelt Elementary School
Olympia School District

Roosevelt Elementary School
Beginning at the entry sequence and carried throughout the interiors, the important themes of visibility, safety, flexibility, and identity are featured. This school received a full modernization inside and out, including vehicle circulation, to serve families and surrounding community. Beginning on the exterior plaza, the visage, words, and interests of Theodore Roosevelt, the school’s namesake, create a vibrant representation of the school’s identity. Each pod portal has custom panels with glowing natural foliage and famous quotes by Roosevelt and each pod is identified by a local natural element inspired by Roosevelt: heron, salmon, and the Roosevelt elk. A full modernization meant every surface needed to be touched, all while students and teachers remained on site. Phasing is critical within these parameters. A phasing summit was held with the district and design team, which created informed phasing plans focused on safety and minimized disruption during construction. Roosevelt’s phasing plan included five phases: Phase 1A – June-August 2018: Renovate main entry/administration, LRC, miscellaneous site work Phase 1B – June-October 2018: Renovate north end pod Phase 2 – November 2018-March 2019: renovate east pod Phase 3A – April-August 2019: Renovate south pod Phase 3B – June-August 2019: Renovate gym/multipurpose Roosevelt, a magnet school for special needs and heightened emotional-social learning, led our team to flex classroom quantities to learning resource spaces and dedicated intervention rooms. The pod breakout spaces are adaptable for teacher collaboration, small and large group learning, and learning resource and intervention. Daylighting through clerestories is especially important in these interior areas. Dark entries were mitigated through new canopies on the exterior, allowing more daylight and school identity to be celebrated from the earliest part of the entry sequence.

Learning Objectives:
  • How a full modernization leverages what works and fixes what doesn’t in an existing school facility.
  • How to celebrate school identity in unique ways in the built environment.
  • Why phasing achieves schedule goals and allows schools to remain occupied during construction.
  • How to bring impactful daylighting into interior spaces for multiple benefits.

Project Team:
Architect of Record: BCRA
Landscape Architect: BCRA
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Mechanical Engineer: BCE Engineers
Electrical Engineer: BCE Engineers
Civil Engineer: BCRA
Contractor: Schwiesow Construction
Specialized Consultants:
    Interior/Experiential Design: BCRA
    Acoustical: SSA
    Surveyor: MTN2COAST
    Envelope: NEXUS
    Commissioning: Welsh
    Traffic: SCJ Alliance

4:00 – 4:30 pm Networking
4:30 – 6:30 pm    Tours
6:30 – 7:00 pm Networking

Members   FREE
Non-Members    $20.00
School Districts FREE

Registration closes on May 19. Link will be sent on the morning of the event.


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

2020 Polished Apple Award


Lacamas Lake Elementary School Lacamas Lake Elementary School
Camas School District
Camas, WA
Mahlum Architects

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Discovery High School Discovery High School
Camas School District
Camas, WA
DLR Group

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Lincoln High School Lincoln High School
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle, WA
Bassetti Architects

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People’s Choice Award

Salish Coast Elementary School Salish Coast Elementary School
Port Townsend School District
Port Townsend, WA
Integrus Architecture

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POSTPONED – Western Washington Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

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


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

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

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
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!

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


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


Service Day at Tillicum Elementary School

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


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.

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

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

  Dykeman Greenbusch Group Keithly Barber

Honor Roll

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



Get Involved!

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The Washington Chapter is looking for committee members to help shape the future of the chapter. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a committee, please contact Chapter President Benjamin Fields.

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Upcoming Events

May 20, 2021
Des Moines Elementary / Roosevelt Elementary

July 24, 2021
Washington Chapter Day of Service

June 5-9, 2022

Washington Chapter Conference
Wenatchee, WA

April 28 – May 1, 2022
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
Portland, OR


April 1, 2020 – POSTPONED

Western Washington Bus Tour
– Klahowya Secondary School
– Central Kitsap Middle School
– Olympic High School
– Blakely Elementary


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


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


May 20, 2020 – POSTPONED
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

COVID-19 & Reopening Schools

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Lincoln High School Video

View the recorded tour on January 23.

TAC Representatives Approved by the Board!

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 have identified two new representatives from our Chapter to be our representatives for this committee. TAC meets quarterly with meetings typically occurring in Fife.  

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.

Please welcome Dr. Mark Andersen from Spokane Public Schools Capital Projects to represent Eastern Washington, and Noah Greenberg, AIA from Seattle Public Schools, representing Western Washington.

2019 Awards

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

Pathfinder Kindergarten Center

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Call for Tours 2020-2021

Eastern and Western Washington

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 dates to be determined. Virtual tours are also acceptable.

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

  • October 2020
  • November 2020
  • January 2021
  • March 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • Eastern Washington Tour (date TBD)

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

Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2020

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