Elementary School Project Case Study in Washington

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Project Overview

Project Title:Lake Hills Elementary School
Estimated Value:$12,458,000 - a more accurate cost estimate is available from RSMeans Online
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Project Location

Address:14310 SE 12th St

Project Type

Building Category:Elementary Schools
Work Type:New

Project Description:

The new 69,000 square foot, two-story CMU block with structural steel frame building replaced an existing 41,000 square foot structure, which was demolished along with 5 portables. The culturally diverse student body at Lake Hills Elementary School served as inspiration for the design of the new facility. The two-story entrance foyer is filled with panels etched with a greeting in 21 different languages. The overall form of the building is a U-shape that encloses and protects a central student courtyard, which forms the physical core of the school. The desire to integrate a courtyard that would serve as a gathering place for students was a principal driver for the new design. Classrooms are large (about 1,000 square feet) to accommodate the variety of activities that occur throughout the day in an active elementary learning environment. Interactive white boards (Smart Boards) and LCD projectors are incorporated into every classroom. The school is both hard wired for data and has full wireless capability as well.

Green & Sustainable Features:

A comprehensive daylighting strategy was employed throughout the school. The innovative strategy is most apparent at the brick wall, where daylighting is borrowed from the exterior clerestories through classrooms to the interior corridor. The light entering from the courtyard extension complements the light coming from the top of the second-floor corridor. Abundant daylighting allows natural light to reach deep inside the school's interior.

Project Owner


Project Design & Engineering

Civil Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
Mechanical Engineer: EEI
Electrical Engineer: Huntley Pascoe Engineers
Architect: NAC|Architecture

MasterFormat® Divisions Included in Project Scope

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  • Air Barriers
  • Air Outlets and Inlets
  • Architectural Woodwork
  • Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel Framing
  • Athletic and Recreational Equipment
  • Automatic Flagpoles
  • Bases Ballasts and Paving
  • Bowling Alley Equipment
  • Carpeting
  • Casework
  • Cementitious Backing Boards
  • Cold Formed Metal Framing
  • Commissioning of HVAC
  • Communications Distribution
  • Compartments and Cubicles
  • Curtain Wall and Glazed Assemblies
  • Dampproofing and Waterproofing
  • Data Communications
  • Diffusers Registers and Grilles
  • Distributed Communications and Monitoring Systems
  • Elevators
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Exterior Scoreboards
  • Fabricated Fireproofed Steel Columns
  • Facility Fire Suppression Water Service Piping
  • Finish Carpentry
  • Flagpoles
  • Foodservice Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Glazing
  • Ground Set Flagpoles
  • Gymnasium Dividers
  • Gymnasium Equipment
  • Gypsum Board
  • Gypsum Sheathing
  • Hardware
  • HVAC Gravity Ventilators
  • Interior Scoreboards
  • Low Voltage Electrical Transmission
  • Membrane Roofing
  • Metal Decking
  • Metal Doors and Frames
  • Metal Fabrications
  • Metal Joists
  • Metal Ladders
  • Metal Stairs
  • Nautical Flagpoles
  • Operable Partitions
  • Painting and Coating
  • Pews and Benches
  • Planting
  • Resilient Base and Accessories
  • Resilient Flooring
  • Resilient Sheet Flooring
  • Resilient Tile Flooring
  • Roofing and Siding Panels
  • Rough Carpentry
  • Sheet Carpeting
  • Shooting Range Equipment
  • Site Clearing
  • Sound Vibration and Seismic Control
  • Structural Steel Framing
  • Testing Adjusting and Balancing for HVAC
  • Therapy Equipment
  • Thermal Protection
  • Tile Carpeting
  • Tiling
  • Toilet Bath and Laundry Accessories
  • UHF VHF Transmitters and Antennas
  • Utilities
  • Visual Display Surfaces
  • Voice Communications
  • Wall Mounted Flagpoles
  • Windows
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