Baker Middle School

Tacoma, Washington

  • FIRM

    BLRB Architects


    Tacoma Public Schools

  • AREA

    118,320 sq.ft.





Community access, safety and security, creation of a welcoming and personalized educational environment, collaborative teaching opportunities and instructional flexibility, a technology-rich learning environment and environmental stewardship were the leading goals for Baker’s design.

Baker features grade-level organization ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY750COST PER SQ FT$281.92CITATIONMiddle School CitationFEATURED IN2012 Architectural Portfolio small learning communities. Each personalized learning community includes seven general-purpose classrooms, two science classrooms, a learning resource center and support spaces. A ratio of one breakout space per two classrooms in each learning community facilitates the school’s programmatic emphasis on individualized attention and collaborative teaching. Interior glazing and operable partitions between classrooms and corridors enhance supervision of both breakout and corridor space. Open gathering spaces supporting age-appropriate social interaction and supervised relationship building are provided in the upper grade-level communities.

Sustainability was another guiding value, and the school’s design and construction were infused with green elements, including on-site timber reclamation, stormwater management and rainwater harvesting, high-performance mechanical systems, transparency, natural ventilation and a host of additional features, including a building dashboard resource-measurement system.

"Strong middle school plan. Comfortable and well-detailed environment."--2012 jury