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November 7, 2014

K-12 Merit award:
Valley View Middle School

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Locally sourced brick played a key role to satisfy envelope and sustainability goals at Valley View Middle School.

Location: Snohomish

Mason contractor: R&D Masonry

Architect: Dykeman

Owner: Snohomish School District

General contractor: Absher Construction

Valley View Middle School is designed to be a leading institution for both educational delivery and sustainable practice.

The International Living Building Institute’s Living Building Challenge was used as a guideline for the school’s sustainable design elements and technologies. Locally sourced brick played a key role to satisfy both envelope and sustainability goals.

Other strategies for the design team included use of envelope design to reduce energy demand, solar and geothermal technology, rainwater harvesting, integrated value messaging and interpretive signage.

The new school uses less energy than the previous 1981 school that was half the size.

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