Cascadia Elementary School Building and Robert Eagle Staff Middle School Building

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Address: 1330 N 90th Street, Seattle

Overview

The buildings that formerly made up the Wilson Pacific campus were removed and replaced with the new Cascadia Elementary School building and the new Robert Eagle Staff Middle School building. LIcton Springs K-8 School occupies one wing of the new middle school building.

Project

The previously existing 110,000-square-foot, 1950's buildings for Wilson-Pacific School were be demolished to make way for the new schools. The Native American murals by artist Andrew Morrison were detached, stored and reinstalled as part of construction of the new buildings. The new campus was designed to co-located an elementary school, a middle school and a K-8 school. It includes a central synthetic turf playfield with a walking track as well as soccer and softball fields that also serve community athletics.

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for each of the three schools on Sept. 5, 2017 prior to opening for students on Sept. 6.

Cascadia Elementary is a Highly Capable Cohort (HCC) school serving the needs of students in grades 1-5, who are academically highly capable. The new Cascadia Elementary School, provides classroom space for 660 students within approximately 91,000 square feet. The exterior incorporates some of the landmarked Andrew Morrison murals. The library and adjacent student commons share a full-height window wall that provides access into the main student play courtyard, and together form the heart of the school. The stage has been located adjacent to the gymnasium to accommodate assemblies as well as large performances.

Organized in two-story classroom wings, the school design optimizes passive solar orientation and daylight in classrooms. Each wing includes a shared learning commons that allows for small groups to work independently, while staff maintain supervision through interior window walls. This grouping provides opportunities for staff and students to work together in a variety of learning communities, including grade-level teams or other collaborative models. Each learning commons connects to an outdoor learning environment that supports additional activities not typically available in a traditional elementary environment.

The new Cascadia building provides two spaces that can support elementary music instruction: a dedicated music room as well as space for instrumental music instruction on the stage. There are also two studios available for arts or other student projects on the second floor. Classrooms for Special Education are integrated within the classroom wings to provide equitable access to the variety of available spaces and amenities. A separate building with a pre-K classroom and a child care space provides support for early learners as well as for families who need before and after school care for their students.

The new Robert Eagle Staff Middle School opened as a new middle school in northwest Seattle. The school building, which will hold up to 850 middle school students, consists of three-story classroom wings oriented to optimize passive solar orientation and daylight into the classrooms. The school includes a variety of learning environments flexibly organized in ways that can change over time. This will allow Robert Eagle Staff Middle School to support all students in the variety of ways needed to eliminate opportunity gaps. Groups of classrooms are configured around a shared learning commons providing space for small groups with supervision through interior window walls. Multiple science labs support a variety of program configurations. The central wing includes Makerspace labs and an Arts studio.

The commons, located in the heart of the school, has been designed to accommodate presentations and performances, as well as gathering and dining. The adjacent stage will accommodate typical middle school band and choir performances, with room for an audience of up to 700. The library features multiple spaces for large or small groups. A Makerspace adjacent to the library expands the range of available activities to encompass design and fabrication using clean technologies. Vocal and instrumental music rooms are supported by several smaller practice rooms. The gym has a full-size competition basketball court for community use. Using the bleachers and other seating on the floor, the space can accommodate whole-school events or assemblies.

The middle school includes an east-facing outdoor courtyard for recreation and gathering, with the carefully preserved and reinstalled Native American murals and an Honor Circle celebrating the history of the site as well as the cultural significance of Licton Springs to Native Americans.

Licton Springs K-8 School occupies one wing of the middle school building. With a separate entry and administration area, the three-story wing is oriented along an east-west axis to optimize passive solar orientation and bring daylight into the classrooms. Classrooms are configured around shared learning commons to provide space for small groups with staff supervision through interior window walls. The K-8 wing includes a library and a science lab. Outdoors, a play area provides recess space for the elementary age students.

Licton Springs shares core facilities such as the performance commons, a computer lab, the gym and a school-based health center with the middle school. The performance commons is designed to accommodate presentations and performances, as well as serving as the K-8 lunchroom. Video projection, a sound system, and blackout shades accommodate presentations.

Construction Methods

Both school buildings will be constructed using precast concrete panels with fiber cement board walls, glazing and membrane roofing on the exterior enclosures supported by steel framing.

Sustainable Features

Energy efficiency is achieved through optimum daylighting, thermally efficient fiberglass windows, LED lighting fixtures, and low maintenance mechanical and plumbing systems.

Architect: Mahlum Architects, Inc.
Construction management firm: Shiels Obletz Johnsen (SOJ), Inc.
Contractor: Lydig Construction, Inc.

Schedule Overview

Construction began: Spring 2015
Construction complete: Summer 2017
Schools open: Fall 2017

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