Pathfinder Kindergarten Center

Everett, Washington

  • FIRM

    DLR Group


    Mukilteo School District No. 6

  • AREA

    65,000 sq.ft.





Faced with a state mandate to instate full-day kindergarten and accommodate growing capacity demands, Mukilteo School District recently established its very first kindergarten center. DLR Group’s design creates spaces to support early learning, while maximizing the potential synergies of age-specific students. Using a student-centric ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY600COST PER SQ FT$398.00 approach informed by extensive early-learning research, the school program redefines traditional models to increase learning by reducing time lost to transitions. Teachers and specialists push into the classrooms, allowing students to stay in their respective pods. Larger programs that require more space, such as dining and project areas, are broken down into smaller spaces and dispersed into the pods.

With a total of 65,000 SF, the school is located on a site constrained by limited access, an existing elementary building, and a protected wetland along the eastern edge. As result, the layout of the school minimizes the building footprint, while maximizing access to outdoor amenities - including distributed play. In addition, indoor environmental quality received diligent design attention to provide comfort and sustainability through temperature, air quality, daylighting, and acoustics.