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May 5, 2023


Photo by Gabe Hurley
The school’s unique build and open floor plans required installation of many specialty products.

Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School

Location: Vancouver

Contractor: The Harver Co.

Architect: LSW Architects

Team: Northwest Carpenters Union; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; CWallA; L&W Supply; Valhalla Construction Products; Armstrong World Industries; Grabber Construction Products; Hilti; Rulon International; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Trim-Tex; USG Building Systems

The Vancouver Innovation, Technology and Arts Elementary School is a new design concept by LSW Architects, imagined to be “open, bright, and flexible in countless ways.” The concept is based on the idea that learning happens everywhere.

Through its unique open layout, traditional barriers, such as fixed walls between classrooms, “become a metaphor and an invitation for students to draw from their own varying interests and to develop new solutions to common problems through collaboration.” The school is comprised of vast open space learning centers and does not include classrooms in a classical sense. This design is meant to inspire peer-to-peer learning without feeling boxed in.

This unique build and the open space floor plans required many specialty products. The Harver Co. installed over 19 different types of sound-absorbing systems.

Harver, together with general contractor Robertson Olsen, faced a challenging schedule and material shortages throughout the project. Organization and adaptability played an integral part in completing this on time. The Harver team rose to the occasion and made it happen.

Harver says its team is proud knowing that the Vancouver community will enjoy this premium product for years to come and that it contributed to building a school that “future astronauts will attend.”

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