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January 3, 2017
The new Arbor Heights School is an 90,000-square-foot replacement of the old Arbor Heights Elementary School in West Seattle.
The $42.7 million project not only replaced the old school, it doubled its capacity while providing additional outdoor space. It will accommodate 660 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, studying the Environmental Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (E-STEM) program.
The school serves the surrounding community with the increased greenspace, as well as access to the commons, gym and library.
The structural steel building is divided into four small learning communities with classrooms surrounding an open, shared learning area and an Idea Lab, to promote individual and group teaching, and enable hands-on learning.
The original topography was restored to provide at-grade access and sightlines from both streets, connect the school to the neighborhood, and improve security and stormwater management. Site features encourage physical activity, casual and structured play, social interaction, and outdoor learning.
It was built to Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol – LEED silver equivalent standards.
Owner: Seattle Public Schools
Architect: Bassetti Architects
Owner's representative: Heery International
Contractor (Phase 1): Commercial Structures, Inc.
Contractor (Phase 2): Bayley Construction
Structural engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Mechanical engineer: Interface Engineering
Electrical engineer: Tres West Engineers
Civil engineer: LPD Engineering
Cost: The Robinson Company
Landscape: Murase Associates
Food Services: JLR Design Group
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