JAMES GUERRERO ARCHITECTS, INC
Building a school from the ground up is a much larger challenge than it was in the past. Our work with a Seattle-based architecture firm, Integrus, on the brand new Harrison Preparatory School of Choice was required to follow the intensive Washington State Schools Protocol for high performance buildings. This required special consideration for the site where the school was built, the water usage, the materials used, the energy requirements, the indoor environmental quality, and planning and operation.
Another concern with any new public school building is the safety of the students attending. Harrison Preparatory is built with security features inlaid into the design, protecting students from potential threats. However, the design is also far from a barracks; north-facing windows flood the cafeteria and atruim with warm, natural daylight and open staircases instead of stairwells unite the two floors seamlessly.
Four Heroes Elementary is conjoined to the Harrison Preparatory School of Choice, providing a safe, close elementary for local children in the Clover Park School District. Equipped with a full playground and an open, daylit design, the school makes for a comfortable, warm educational experience.
Four Heroes also contains a multi-purpose room that is directly adjacent to the Harrison Preparatory cafeteria and performance area. The wall that divides the two rooms is operative, allowing the rooms to be combined to form a large school or community gathering place.
After Pierce College began recieving a higher number of international students than could be housed in the outer community, they made the decision to build its first-ever dorm. However, exactly how to build one on a community college's budget was a key issue. Instead of building a ground-up custom dorm, the college bought an nearby nursing home, which, much like its past residents, had aged out of its golden years.
Adapting this building from a retirement community to a community-college crowd was a unique challenge for our firm. A full interior remodel and a facelift on its landscaping and parking allows this old building to pass for new, and to be a home to a group of young people starting a new life themselves.
In an innovative effort to eliminate vehicular travel on campus, Clover Park Technical College repaved its previously dreary inner-campus road with a light and inviting brick path. In order to keep the area accessible to Fire Department vehicles, a structural support was placed under the grass, allowing fire trucks and other vehicles to drive across the area without the need for the standard 24-foot wide access surface.
The lush, inviting space is filled with five circular gathering places for students to visit, study, or take a much-needed break. The walkway was designed with students' needs in mind, to enhance their college experience and give the campus a whole, connected feel. The college plans to allow donors to fund-raise with engraved tiles, and for more information on donating to support local students, click here.
Religious projects are often much more intensive than home or office rennovations- after all, a community's place of worship is no small matter, especially when that community has a distinctive makeup and religion. The Slavic Church of Salvation is a primarily Russian congregation, requiring additional communication between ourselves and their building committee as we related design concepts, discussed ideas, and compared coding needs to the spiritual needs of their constituents.
This 33,700 square foot building is stepped to take advantage of the natural hillscape of its location, and its three levels of parking provide convenient access for the potential 900 constituents in the sanctuary and mezzanine combined. Sloped floors in the sanctuary improves sight lines to the altar, pulpit, and choir, and illuminatory windows allow for the space to look as spiritual as it feels. The attached elementary on the lower levels of the building consists of 10 total classrooms, a library, a multipurpose room, and education office, restrooms, storage, and mechanical and custodial space. The design also opens up to large fields for play at the lower end of the site.
Lakeview Light and Power nearly doubled their office space with this remodel and addition, with the initial goal to keep as much of the existing structure as possible while adding 2500 square feet, and fully remodeling the interior spaces.
New, more open office space with vaulted ceilings provides easy access to a new payment drive-through window. The shop space was also remodeled to include offices for the service department while new restrooms and shower facilities were designed for service department personnel. A combination of brick and siding evoke a distinctly Northwestern look, and the stepping roof structure provides interest, clerestory lighting, mechanical space and a covered drive-through, while respecting and enhancing the original roof profile.