Hockinson Middle School

Brush Prairie, Washington

  • FIRM

    DOWA - IBI Group


    Hockinson School District

  • AREA

    78,000 sq.ft.





Design team: Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group, Inc. (Architect); Mat Braun (Associate Principal, Project Manager); Damon Roche (Capital Projects Manager); ABHL (Civil Engineers); Percival Landscape (Landscape); Kramer Gehlen Associates (Structural); Interface Engineers (Mechanical/Plumbing Engineers); Cross Engineers (Electrical Engineers); Glumac ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$367.00FEATURED IN2018 Architectural Portfolio (Technology); Halliday Associates (Food Service); Robinson Construction (Contractor)

The new Hockinson Middle School serves the close-knit, forward-thinking community of Brush Prairie, Wash. It replaces the old facility on the site with a welcoming, well-detailed building that will stand the test of time. Designed to serve 600 students and accommodate the district’s existing and evolving educational programs for next-generation learning, the building includes modern science and technology (STEM) spaces and fulfills all accessibility and security requirements.

Collaborating with students, educators, and other staff, the design team created a classroom layout that went beyond the typical model of rectangular classrooms with a hierarchical “front” inhabited by a teacher. The single classroom teaching wall has been thrown out. Instead, classrooms provide two whiteboards and seating for students in three circular “pods” of desks, with a “teaching station” nestled in the corner of the room.

Teachers can move about the classroom and provide a variety of activities that take into account diverse learning styles. Classrooms are grouped as grade-level learning environments. They are arranged around common areas that provide opportunities for breakout sessions and extended learning.