Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School

Kirkland, Washington


DLR Group


Lake Washington School District


65,306 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


A.G. Bell Elementary had an existing forest and wetland, significant slopes and a sprawling campus, so replacing the school posed challenging natural and built constraints. DLR Group’s design restores the fractured site by integrating its unique qualities in a school that meets educational goals, sustainably reduces the cost of ownership and reinforces community connections. Featuring roof canopies and staggered elevations, the building complements nearby vegetation and maximizes daylight through sun shades, light-diffusing glass and deliberate orientation. To leave the surrounding forest intact, the plan required diligent phasing of the occupied site and integration of walking paths to adjacent neighborhoods. Based on two primary circulation axes, A.G. Bell Elementary offers ease of circulation and equal access to shared learning spaces. The new design pays homage to the former school through the reuse of salvaged cedar wood covering the library (seen prominently from the entryway and lobby). With a clear, welcoming entry and adequate space for community and school use, A.G. Bell Elementary is now enabled to serve both its students and community.

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2015 Educational Interiors Showcase

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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Interface
Flooring by nora systems, Inc.
Door Hardware by Allegion
Insulation by BASF
Insulation by Knauf Insulation
Movable Partitions/Walls by Nana Wall Systems
Paint/Wallcoverings by Rodda Paint
Skylights by Sun Optics
Windows by Pacific Architectural Millwork
Windows by Guardian
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Locks by Medeco
Security Systems by Delta Controls
Card Systems by Delta Controls
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Georgia-Pacific
Washroom Accessories by Gamco
Physical-Education Flooring by Mondo USA
Carpet by Lees
Cabinets by Genothen
Ceilings by CertainTeed
Ceilings by Chicago Metallic
Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by ASSA ABLOY
Doors by VT Industries
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Roofing by Sarnafil
Doors by Pacific Architectural Millwork
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Prudential Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Signtex
Washroom Fixtures by Kohler
Washroom Fixtures by Chicago Faucets
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Bobrick
Athletic Equipment by Porter Athletic Equipment
Communications Systems by Lowell
Clocks/Time Management by Rauland-Borg
HVAC Units by Innovent
HVAC Control Devices by Delta Controls
IAQ Devices by Delta Controls
Draperies/Blinds by Iris US
Kitchen Equipment by Metro
Kitchen Equipment by Advanced Tabco
Laundry Equipment by Frigidaire
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Platinum Visual Systems
Signage by ASE Inc.
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