Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMP

School Tour & Dinner Meeting

February 26, 2020

Giddens School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School

2100 South Walker St.
Seattle, WA 98144

The Giddens School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School (LWGMS) complex is an urban educational campus located between Beacon Hill and the Central District neighborhoods of Seattle designed to host two private, independent schools. In addition to creating enhanced educational facilities, co-location enables the schools to leverage their mutual desire for facilities that better connect to the community.

Key design goals for the tightly integrated and program-driven project included flexible and innovative spaces, student-centered design, and a building that is open and connected to the community and the natural world. Program spaces within the 52,500-square-foot complex include general and specialty classrooms, communal gathering spaces, and administrative and faculty support areas. Multipurpose spaces, such as the gym/performance hall and dining commons, support a wide variety of functions and act as central hubs for the two schools.

Each school has its own entry. The Giddens School, accommodating around 240 elementary and preschool students, is entered on the west side of the site and accessed from 21st Avenue South. The LWGMS, accommodating around 110 middle school students, is entered on the southeast side, accessed from South Walker Street. The two communities join at the center, in a series of shared program spaces. On the main level, the performing arts space, gym, library and commons share a direct relationship to the exterior play space and an exterior covered walkway that connects the two schools.

The design focused on creating a healthy learning environment for kids using nontoxic, durable materials and ample daylighting. Sustainable strategies are used as teaching opportunities with a rain gauge on the cistern that holds water to flush toilets, and the solar panels that serve as the Giddens’ entry canopy. The upper roof of the building further supports solar panels, while bioretention gardens, situated around the site, provide onsite rainwater filtration.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Building systems and construction that contribute to student health and learning outcomes
  2. Strategies that allow separate institutions with similar values to leverage a shared campus
  3. Strategies for school design in an urban setting
  4. Building systems that conserve energy and water

Project Team:
  • Architects: Graham Baba Architects (architectural and interior design); Anjali Grant Design (educational/architectural collaborator)
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF
  • Civil Engineer: KPFF
  • Landscape Architect: Cascade Design Collaborative (now Osborne Consulting)
  • Mechanical Engineer: Ecotope
  • Electrical Engineer: Rushing
  • Acoustical Consultant: A3 Acoustics
  • Lighting Designer: DarkLight
  • Building Envelope: JRS Engineering
  • Traffic Consultant: Heffron Transportation Inc.
  • Project Manager: Costigan Integrated
  • General Contractor: Exxel Pacific

Tour: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Giddens School and Lake Washington Girls Middle School

Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM
North African American Museum (NAAM)
2300 S Massachusetts St.
Seattle, WA 98144

Dinner: 6:30 PM

Program: 7:00 – 8:00 PM

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, February 18, 2020

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2020 Spring Bus Tour

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

9:00 am CV SD – North Pines MS
11:00 am Mead SD – Shiloh Hills ES
1:00 pm-ish Spokane SD Linwood ES
3:00 pm Spokane SD North Central HS

More details coming soon.


2020 Annual Chapter Conference

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

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


2020 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us April 23-26, 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


AHBL BCE Coughlin Porter DLR Group
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Magna Cum Laude

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Dean's List

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Honor Roll

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Robinson Co. Sazan Turner



Lincoln High School Video

View the recorded tour on January 23.

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Contractor: Forma Construction

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2019 Awards

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

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