A building as teaching tool inspiring sustainability awareness and energy conservation
This independent Pre-K-5 school was established and for years grew mostly within the confines of the church campus it occupied in suburban Seattle. Eventually the school and church saw the benefit of separating both the facilities and identities of the two organizations. Adjacent residential properties were purchased to construct an independent school facility to visibly represent the high value it places on sustainability and community.
Accumulation of multiple parcels allowed for vacation of an alley and creation of a plaza within the site, which is used as a play area and for school gatherings. A 28,500 sf building houses 10 classrooms, library and staff support spaces built over a parking garage reduces neighborhood impact. Project scope included complete renovation of an existing building, originally built as two single family residences. Upgraded throughout as administration and classroom space, it now acts as a new front door to the campus. A pedestrian bridge provides a convenient and accessible connection between buildings.
The school now has a visible yet independent neighborhood presence, and students experience community and sustainability as an integrated part of their educational experience.