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January 3, 2017

Arbor Heights School

Photos by Bassetti Architects [enlarge]

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

Acoustics: Stantec

Food Services: JLR Design Group

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