Hazel Dell Elementary School

Vancouver, Washington

  • FIRM

    LSW Architects, PC


    Vancouver School District No. 37

  • AREA

    55,000 sq.ft.





The school responds to its population’s needs through a variety of educational spaces and a welcoming atmosphere. More than 70 percent of Hazel Dell students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, and only 68 percent are enrolled all year.

The tutoring volunteer center is incorporated with the reading specialist’s area for individual or small-group instruction. A ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$112.70FEATURED IN2004 Architectural Portfolio gym and commons expand the educational possibilities. A stage has built-in risers for choral performances. A courtyard with tiered seats provides outdoor presentation and work space. Co-ops welcome small and large groups. Clerestories bring diffused daylight into key spaces.

A portion of the former school remains on-site for the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Southwest Washington. The school and the club form an all-day educational and recreational campus.

Hazel Dell’s history is preserved with a refurbished bell atop a platform built of bricks from the old building. The bell is rung by outgoing fifth graders on the last day of school.