Designed to consolidate two highly disparate schools into one, Bow Lake Elementary School blends student differences into a melting pot of educational opportunity. The school is home to the deaf and hard-of-hearing program, the highly capable (gifted) program and the English language learning center, representing 66 languages. The facility intermixes students seamlessly CAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$273.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio four learning communities. Uniquely integrated, students are opened to an opportunity for curiosity and a world of perspective.
The two-story, 75,000-square-foot facility is organized to celebrate this diversity, allowing for interaction and shared experiences among all students. Each learning community is named for a different biome, accented by playful detailing, and sensitivity to color and scale. The building invites students to learn from the surrounding outdoor environment with operable, glass-like systems in each community, literally removing the line between indoors and outdoors.
In addition, the city of SeaTac sponsored a community room in the building, which benefits the community and students. Through landscaping, low-VOC materials, daylighting and use of natural energies, Bow Lake reflects the principles of energy-conscious design.