Pioneer Middle School

DuPont, Washington

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Steilacoom Historical School District #1

  • AREA

    108,000 sq.ft.





Pioneer Middle School is a student-centered building, with particular emphasis on connecting to the physical, social and emotional needs of middle school students. The design vision takes a holistic approach based on mind, body and spirit.

Interior and exterior spaces align on a north/south axis to create a distinct ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY850COST PER SQ FT$220.71CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio sequence and gathering spaces for the school. The library (expressing the mind), fitness center (body) and cafeteria (spirit) border the building’s spine, and remind students and visitors of all aspects of adolescent development. The axis also defines two distinct zones within the school: formal learning to the west and community spaces to the east.

A priority of the district was to educate students, staff and the community about energy conservation. This is achieved through an interactive touchscreen at the main entrance that provides water, gas and electricity data. Additionally, signage highlights environmentally responsible practices and building features to enhance middle school curricula.

The project site’s southwest corner is forested in part with Washington State’s oldest grove of Garry oaks and their surrounding savannah. Preservation of these trees became paramount during site development, as they provided inspiration for the building’s design.