Pathfinder Kindergarten Center

Everett, Washington


DLR Group


Mukilteo School District


65,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


What would a school look like if it were designed specifically for kindergartners? This was the central question Mukilteo School District and DLR Group sought to answer in designing the Pathfinder Kindergarten Center. To best support districtwide needs, the solution placed about 600 students in a kindergarten-only facility in lieu of classroom additions at multiple schools.
Designed from the scale of an early learner, Pathfinder’s creative spaces support a full-day kindergarten curriculum and reflect the learning-through-play nature of this unique age group.

Small communities, created through clustered classrooms and learning pods, minimize instructional time lost because of physical transitions between spaces. Teachers and specialists push into classrooms, and students remain in their respective pods for specialized instruction.
Large group activities, such as music and physical fitness, are distributed to each wing of the school, supported by specialized play equipment and indoor/outdoor access. In addition, an emphasis on the indoor environmental quality (temperature, air quality, daylighting, and acoustics) positively affects student and staff comfort.

Additional Information

Cost per Sq Ft



Crow Island School Citation

Featured in

2019 Educational Interiors Showcase

Interior category

Pre-K/Early Childhood Education

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Tandus
Flooring by Altro
Flooring by Nova USA Wood Products
Brick/Masonry by Mutual Materials
Brick/Masonry by Basalite
Brick/Masonry by Midwest Cast Stone
Cabinets by Wilsonart
Cabinets by Zodiaq
Cabinets by Formica
Cabinets by Corian
Cabinets by LUMICOR
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceilings by Tectum
Ceilings by Rulon
Ceramic Tile by Royal Mosa
HVAC Units by Sterling
HVAC Units by Armstrong Air
Carpet by Mannington
Door Hardware by Curries
Door Hardware by Eggers
Doors by EFCO
Doors by Raynor
Doors by Cornell Iron Works
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Curries
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Insulation by Carlisle SynTec
Movable Partitions/Walls by Koroseal
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Chicago Faucets
Plumbing by Pro-Flo
Plumbing by BrassCraft
Plumbing by Elkay
Roofing by Soprema
Skylights by Bristolite
Windows by EFCO
Lighting & Accessories by AZZ
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Peerless Block & Brick
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Prudential Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Ligman Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kenall Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Tech Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Security Systems by Sonitrol
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Watson
Cafeteria Furniture by Sico America
Classroom Furniture by V/S America
Classroom Furniture by Highmark
Classroom Furniture by Global Casework
Library/Media Center Furniture by Jonti-Craft
Lounge Furniture by Herman Miller
Multipurpose Areas Furniture by V/S America
Office Furniture by Herman Miller
Office Furniture by Leland
Office Furniture by Watson
Childcare Furniture by V/S America
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Drinking Fountains by Pro-Flo
Hand-Drying Equipment by Bobrick
Hand-Drying Equipment by Koala Kare
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Accessories by Koala Kare
HVAC Units by Innovent
HVAC Control Devices by Siemens Building Technologies
ADA/Compliance Equipment by Bobrick
Draperies/Blinds by Draper
Lockers by Penco Products
Signage by 3M Fire Protection
Wire Management by Legrand
Load more

AS&U Design Competitions

The ultimate tribute to education design excellence. If selected for publication, this distinctive...

Have an exceptional project that deserves national recognition? Want to show your best work to the...