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April 24, 2000

Whittier Elementary School

Whittier Elementary
Whittier Elementary School at 1810 N.W. 65th in Ballard has been replaced with a new 66,000-square-foot school that also serves the community, with space for senior citizens activities, preschool, childcare and after-hours community use.

The $9 million building has an academic wing with 21 classrooms and a community wing. The passageway between the wings is the focal point for the school, drawing its inspiration from the nearby ship canal. Detailing throughout the building reflects the waterway. Subtle changes in building forms and materials distinguish each wing, though the use of color and pattern unifies the building.

The old building has been a community focal point for more than 100 years and designers from DLR Group used stained glass and cast stone from the front door of the school to create the new entry. The general contractor, Wick Construction, also helped neighbors who wanted pieces of the old school to use in their gardens.

Other firms who worked on the school include Symonds Consulting Engineering, civil and structural engineering; DLR mechanical and electrical design; and Murase Associates, landscape design.

The project was completed at the end of July and opened last fall.

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