The new Lummi Nation tribal school complex consists of three buildings on a 90-acre site in the middle of the Lummi Reservation peninsula. It was designed to house 750 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The design-build team worked closely with the tech team and tribal council, as well as with Lummi Nation’s community leaders, to bring important ASSOCIATED FIRMFlintco IncorporatedCOST PER SQ FT$162.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYCommon AreasSUB CATEGORYSpecialized of Lummi cultural tradition into the design. For example, the main school entrance faces the Pacific Ocean, and the classroom wings were designed as three connected “longhouses,” with niches along three sides for the installation of totem poles designed and carved in the school’s new totem-carving shop, which is situated in the maintenance building.
Natural light was introduced throughout the school in sufficient quantity to counter the gray and gloomy climate that prevails throughout the school year. Additionally, the interiors were designed as suitable palettes for the installation of traditional artwork, not only of the students, but also of the Lummi artisan community.