Hazel Wolf @ Pinehurst

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Hazel Wolf K8 Main Entrance

Address: 11530 12th Avenue NE, Seattle


The Pinehurst School building opened in the 1950’s. The old building was demolished and replaced with a new, modern building to house the Hazel Wolf K–8 program.

This building received numerous awards and recognitions: 2015 World Architecture News Future Projects in Education runner up; 2016 Building of the Year, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce; 2017 Grand Prize from Learning by Design; 2017 Polished Apple Award from Washington Chapter of the Association for Learning Environments; 2017 James D. MacConnell Award finalist, Association for Learning Environments.


$39.2 million

Project Description

This project replaced the previously existing Pinehurst School with a new 86,500-square-foot building to house Hazel Wolf K-8 School. The school was designed in close collaboration with the school community to celebrate and facilitate the Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) focused educational program.

Classrooms are organized around flexible learning commons, which include presentation technology, marker-board wall surfaces, exterior windows and a variety of seating options to allow small- or large-group projects or independent work. With the interactive arrangement of educational spaces, teaching and learning can take many forms to meet the needs of students.

The school and grounds are integrated so the inside learning environment flows seamlessly outdoors, where learning opportunities include rooftop decks, a central courtyard, an outdoor amphitheater, and a rain garden that collects storm water and allows students to test water quality and understand the water cycle. A living, growing green wall in the main entry provides a dramatic introduction to the school building.

Construction Methods

The building is constructed using concrete spread footings and stem walls, a structural steel frame with light gage metal stud walls for future flexibility and a masonry veneer with architectural metal siding as an accent and a built-up roofing system. Site development included natural turf ball fields, hard and soft play areas with play equipment, landscaping and new curbs and sidewalks around portions of the site.

Sustainable Features

Sustainability features include a highly efficient building envelope, daylight response controls, heat recovery and a ground loop heat pump mechanical system. Green roof systems above the art and administrative areas are open for student and staff exploration. Energy monitoring displays and the sustainable features of the building will be used to create awareness and learning opportunities for students.

School Design: NAC | Architecture
Construction Management: Heery International, Inc.
Contractor: Lydig Construction, Inc.

Schedule Overview

Phase I construction (demolition and site preparation) began: January 2015

Phase II construction began: Spring 2015

School opened: Fall 2016

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