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Educational Facilities 

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Project Name: Cedar Hurst Elementary

Architect: TCF Architecture

2010 Masonry Institute of Washington 1st Place Honor Award – K-12 Education


Cedarhurst Elementary is a Kindergarten through Sixth Grade facility in an older, suburban neighborhood. The structure is configured in two, 2-story classroom wings, an activities wing, and an administration area with the library above and is organized by a 2-story central spine. The main exterior cladding uses brick masonry to bring richness, stability and tradition to its neighborhood and taps into people's ideas and memories about what a school should be, it becomes an academic symbol as well as a functioning school.

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Project Name: Chinook Middle School

Chinook Middle School was designed to complement and integrate within its surroundings. The predominant use of brick masonry imparts a monumental sense of permanence and the use of full vertical storefront windows break up the linear façade. Metal siding, used on both the exterior and interior provides continuity and a seamless feel at building entry points. Granite cobblestones surround and define seating areas while providing visual interest. Pervious concrete paths throughout the campus are both functional and embody stewardship. The exterior two-tone masonry color palette of the classroom wings breaks down the scale of the buildings, visually presenting them as smaller building elements.


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Project Name: Gray Middle School

Architect: Mahlum Architects

The new Gray Middle School site and program are united within a sequence of interwoven layers – civic, school, and environment – that bring students, teachers and the community together to reinforce a shared identity and celebrate student achievement. At the facility’s heart, a two-story gallery provides a dynamic forum for gathering that encourages communication and collaboration. Environmental connections and green building features link students with the natural world and resource conservation, engaging them in the cultivation of tomorrow’s sustainable communities. The school teaches through design by expressing sustainable strategies in a way that encourages students, teachers, and staff to become knowledgeable stewards of the environment.

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Project Name: Lake Washington High School
Architect: McGranahan Architects 

The new 224,500sf Lake Washington High School replaces an aging facility on a site that has been an important feature of the Kirkland community for over 60 years. The new building is designed to serve four multi-grade, multi-discipline academic learning communities, or “houses” that accommodate approximately 350 students each. Each house includes classrooms, labs, studios and shared collaboration space for students and teachers. The new building was constructed on-site with the original school in operation. The project features a smaller building footprint, consolidated parking and many sustainable features such as rain gardens across the site, ground source heat and photo-voltaics.
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Project Name: Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences

The Weyerhaeuser Center for Health Sciences at the University of Puget Sound is sited at the edge of a grove of mature cedar and fir trees, and defines the edge of a new Commencement Walk. The exterior echoes the university’s Tudor Gothic architecture with its simple gable roof forms, projecting bay windows, and a warm palette of materials including brick, local sandstone and terra cotta. Over 260,000 bricks in several colors were made for the building in nearby Newcastle, WA and mixed on site by the masons to reflect the character of existing buildings. Carved blocks of Wilkeson sandstone clad the west entry tower, marking a special place along Commencement Walk.