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May 29, 2015
Integrus Architecture received the Walter Taylor Award from the American Association of School Administrators for designing Tesla STEM High School at 4301 228th Ave N.E. in Redmond.
The award recognizes difficult design challenges and was presented at AASA's national conference in February.
The 66,000-square-foot project for the Lake Washington School District was built using 158 prefabricated modular units that were quickly assembled on site to meet the tight construction schedule.
The school accommodates 675 students and has flexible, overlapping and interconnected spaces, including two-story shared-learning areas, a presentation hall and a food-service area.
Absher Construction completed the project in 2013 under a $24.1 million contract.
STEM schools focus on science, technology, engineering and math. Tesla offers several year-long interdisciplinary programs that are open to students at other high schools in the district. Tracks include environmental engineering and sustainable design, forensics/psychology, biomedical engineering, and advanced physics/global engineering.
Funding came from a six-year, $65.4 million capital levy approved by voters in 2011.
Integrus Architecture was the structural engineer as well as architect. Other team member are Interface Engineering, mechanical and electrical engineer; LPD Engineering, civil engineer; Cascade Design Collaborative, landscape architect; M Space, modular dealer; and Blazer Industries, modular manufacturer.
Integrus also won the Walter Taylor Award in 2014 for an addition at Ingraham High School in Seattle.