Design for new elementary school in the works

Jul 16, 2014

The planning is well underway for the design of the new elementary school to be built near Lake Stickney.

A construction bond measure that was approved by voters in February will provide the funds to make a number of facility improvements throughout the Mukilteo School District – including the school to be built on the site of the old Lake Stickney Elementary,

The Mukilteo School Board recently adopted the educational specifications for the school, which define how the space in the new school will be used.

A committee of eight school district staff members, including teachers, administrators and employees from the facilities department, met with architects and others from DLR Group, the architectural firm hired to develop this project and an early-learning kindergarten center.

The committee considered Odyssey Elementary, the school district’s newest school, as their baseline.

They liked the learning clusters that were incorporated into the school’s design, the separate gym and multi-purpose room, the shared classrooms and the durable materials and warm finishes used in its construction.

But, in the 10 years that Odyssey has served children, a few things came to light that could have been better.

The shared areas are too small, for instance, some classrooms have limited access to daylight, the gym and multi-purpose room feel disjointed when the two are opened to one another, and the library can’t be closed off from the rest of the school after hours.

The educational specifications that the school board adopted incorporates the elements of Odyssey that work well, suggests improvements and delineates the spaces that are needed to achieve the desired educational environment.

Architects from DLR Group are busy developing the design of the new school. While there’s still much to be developed, early design concepts were shared with school board members during a work session at the end of May.

The design showed the new school in the same location as the current school building with three classroom pods and a central area that would contain the library, multi-purpose room, cafeteria and offices.

-Edited by Beacon staff

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