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November 8, 2019
Mason contractor: J&S Masonry
Architect: Studio Meng Strazarra
Owner: Lake Washington School District
General contractor: Lease Crutcher Lewis
Masonry supplier: Mutual Materials
Peter Kirk Elementary School is in an established residential neighborhood and replaced the existing school on the same site.
Preservation of existing trees buffering the site was a key goal reinforcing the natural character of the setting. The two-story building steps with the existing grades to minimize material export and allow the building to fit into the site. The learning areas have direct views of the natural environment.
Masonry was selected as the primary exterior finish to meet cost targets and provide long-term durability for a more than 50-year-old educational facility.
Overall, cladding the building with concrete masonry units (CMUs) provided a 30% cost savings over other cladding materials.
(Editor's note: The name of the owner has been corrected.)