Like many small, rural schools, West Washington is a true community center. The school board had kept up with classroom additions, but attention to support spaces and building services was needed. This project, phased over three years, addressed program and infrastructure needs for the 40-year-old building.
A new site master plan was created and additional property CAPACITY1,200COST PER SQ FT$56.21FEATURED IN2006 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized purchased to allow rerouting of traffic to separate buses from cars. Separate student entrances were created for the elementary and high school. New athletic facilities with a daylighting system were added, and locker rooms were upgraded. An accessible public lobby was created to join the old and new.
Also included were a special-education suite for moderate and severe special needs; speech and hearing; a nursing center; new kitchens and cafeteria; band; nursing and health classrooms; upgraded elementary classrooms; entirely new mechanical/electrical systems; an energy-management system; new ceilings and lighting; a plumbing upgrade; new automatic fire-sprinkler and fire-alarm systems; and a new roof system that first required removing three failed roofs.
Existing terrazzo flooring was restored and vitrified, and new terrazzo was added.