Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

School Tours & Dinner

Thursday September 27, 2018

SAMi Environmental Learning Center
Tacoma Public Schools & Metro Parks Tacoma
5502 Five Mile Dr, Tacoma

Bonus Tour: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – New Pacific Seas Exhibit
5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma

SAMi Environmental Learning Center

SAMi The new Environmental Learning Center is a public asset that supports greater understanding and appreciation of nature’s ecological systems and our relationship to them. The Center is located in Point Defiance Park, a 700-acre urban park surrounded on three sides by the waters of Puget Sound. Amenities in the park include the Zoo, gardens, beaches, trails and most notably, a stand of old growth forest.

The Environmental Learning Center is a partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma to support education, sustainability and conservation. This joint-use facility is located on Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium grounds and features eight formal learning settings for SAMi and community use, communal space for collaborative and interpretive activities, planning/work space for SAMI and Zoo educators, coordination/work space for Zoo staff and volunteers, and a setting for a nature-oriented early learning experience.

Project Team:
  • Architect: McGranahan Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Cascade Design Collaborative
  • Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
  • Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
  • Mechanical Engineer: Metrix Engineers
  • Electrical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
  • Acoustical Consultant: SSA Acoustics
  • Cost Estmating: The Robinson Company
  • Contractor: Forma Construction

Tour #1: 3:00 – 4:15 PM
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – New Pacific Seas Exhibit

Tour #2: 4:15 – 5:30 PM
SAMi Environmental Learning Center

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Point Defiance Education/Banquet Center (Adjacent to SAMi)
5502 Five Mile Dr, Tacoma

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


Early cutoff is 5:00 pm, September 23rd

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to the Assocation, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

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

Thank you to our 2017-2018 Sponsors


AHBL Bassetti Architects BCE
Coughlin Porter Lundeen Hargis Hutteball & Oremus
Integrus Architecture McGranahan Mohawk Group
NAC Architecture PCS Weisman Design Group


BLRB Architects DLR Group LPD Engineering

Magna Cum Laude

DeaMor DOWA-IBI Great Floors
Greenbush Group Metrix Engineers SSA Acoustics
Studio Meng Strazzara TCF Architecture WCG

Dean’s List

BCRA Dykeman Erickson McGovern
McKinstry Patcraft Sazan

Honor Roll

A3 Acoustics The Robinson Company


Associated Earth Sciences Incorporated ehsi Lighting Group Northwest
OAC Stantec

2018 Award Winners

Polished Apple Award Winner:
Arlington Elementary School, Tacoma, WA
Mahlum Architects

Merit Award Winner:
Environmental Learning Center, Tacoma, WA
McGranahan Architects

Merle Kirkley Scholarship Winners:

Kirsten Buehler
Monroe, WA
Tanner Abbott
Davenport, WA
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