Stevenson Elementary School
This replacement project created a new elementary school with additional classrooms, spaces for other programs like the Family Connection Center, and hallways connecting it all, increasing the footprint of the building to 106,000 square feet to serve 575 students. After demolishing the existing building when the school year closed, a new classroom wing at the north end of the site began to take shape. Now, a two-story building sits at the back of the property to allow for improved parking, a large parent drop off loop, and a bus loop. The open-space rotunda — the core of the new school — connects the office, gym, and specialist areas to the classroom wing. The library, music and art spaces, gym, and classroom wing all form an amphitheater out to the west with a view of Bellevue and Seattle featuring a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains.
The school features a number of green, energy-saving elements including ground-source heat pumps, geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar hot water, LED lights, and much of the old building was recycled for the new.