Washington Chapter

Chapter Mission

The commitment of the professional membership has been the key to the success of the Association for Learning Environments. We must now build on this tradition by increasing our membership to include sectors now under-represented within the organization. Increasing membership from the communities we serve to include minorities and urban school personnel.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson

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Upcoming Programs

School Tour & Dinner

October 19, 2017

Tour: 4:00 PM
Please join us for a tour of Hazel Wolf K-8 by NAC Architecture and Seattle School District.   
Networking and Cocktails: 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Dinner: 6:30 PM
Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98195

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 PM
“Get Out!  Benefits and Opportunities of Outdoor Learning”
This session explores the benefits of taking teaching and learning beyond the traditional classroom. We examine the benefits thereof through three distinct lenses: education researcher, teacher and architect.
Lauren Scranton, NAC│Architecture education knowledge leader, presents the findings of her investigation into the effects of outdoor learning on students’ academic achievement and overall growth.
Christine Benita is environmental science educator and school program coordinator who has spent the last 8 years developing a pioneering K-8 school’s E-STEM curriculum with a particular focus on the environment and sustainability.
NAC design principal Boris Srdar examines a variety of project examples from around the world that explored a multitude of outdoor learning practices.

Hazel Wolf K-8 STEM School

This urban site is conceived as a lab with a variety of indoor/outdoor learning areas. The site and building are intertwined, both conceptually and physically, which evolves the project typology by blending traditionally separate parts of the school program. The new school is a counterpoint to the typologically diverse surrounding and a new urban form generator at the same time.

Developing a pioneering E-STEM program at Hazel Wolf K-8 required a design that sought every opportunity to create diverse exterior educational spaces. The tight, 3.2-acre triangular campus was a significant challenge, and deliberate organization of the site and building was imperative to maximize use of outdoor areas. The site was extended over the buildings to double the area of the central learning courtyard. Diverse outdoor learning environments such as a butterfly garden, a botanical garden, and Reggio Emilia play/learn areas each support a specific curriculum. Hazel Wolf is a current MacConnell finalist and Polished Apple Winner.

Project Team:
•    Architect: NAC Architecture
•    Landscape Architect: Murase Associates
•    Civil Engineer:  Coughlin Porter Lundeen
•    Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen
•    Mechanical Engineer: Hargis Engineers
•    Electrical Engineer: Travis Fitzmaurice & Associates
•    Cost Consulting: The Robinson Company
•    Acoustical Consultant: The Greenbusch Group
•    Food Service:  George E. Bundy & Associates
•    Contractor: Lydig Construction

Members (Early) $50.00
Non-Members (Early) $60.00
Late (Members) $60.00
Late (Non-Members) $70.00
School Districts $30.00

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Early cutoff is 5:00 pm, October 17

School District Employees
School District employees' first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to the Association, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

We greatly appreciate your attendance and active participation in our chapter events.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events Calendar
December 6, Holiday Social
January 24, 2018, Dinner Meeting
February 15, 2018, Dinner Meeting
March 28, 2018, Dinner Meeting
April 2018, Spring Bus Tour (date TBD)
May 2-4, State & PNW Regional Conference (Downtown Seattle)
June 21, 2018, Dinner Meeting

In Memoriam: Greg Hepp

November 7, 1951 – May 21, 2017  It is with great sadness that we announce to the A4LE community the passing of one of our members, Greg Hepp. Greg was an incredible person who cared deeply about his family, his friends, and his colleagues. His spirit, humor, and good deeds lifted the lives of many and will continue to bring joy to those fortunate to know him. His legacy of sustainable design, leadership, and contributions to the profession of architecture live on. 


Congratulations to the 2017
Award Winners!

Al Beck Award

Greg Hepp

Polished Apple Award

Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School
Seattle Public Schools
NAC Architecture

Jonah Jensen, Steve Moore, Chris Duvall, Guy Overman, Phillip Riedel, Karen Wood

People's Choice – Polished Apple

McCarver Elementary School
Tacoma Public Schools
DLR Group

Jonah Jensen, Noah Greenberg, Melissa English, Chris Caffee, Lisa Johnson, Craig Stauffer, Kas Kinkead, Steve Murakami, Karen Wood

Merit Award – Polished Apple

Bates Advanced Technology Center
Bates Technical College
McGranahan Architects

Jonah Jensen, Shannon McLaughlin, Melissa English, Kas Kinkead, Dhiren Babaria, Seong Shin, Brett Santhuff, Karen Wood

Northwood Elementary School
Mercer Island School District
Mahlum Architects

Craig Stauffer, JoAnn Wilcox, Kas Kinkead, David Mount, Jonah Jensen