Cascadia Technical Academy

  • LOCATION: Vancouver, WA
  • COMPLETED: 2014


Buildings 500 and 600 are two facilities on the Cascadia Technical Academy campus, a school that aims to give students vocational training to prepare them for technical careers in the community. In order to relate to the existing campus, both facilities draw inspiration from the form and the materials of neighboring buildings, but respond in a new and contemporary way.  Mirroring shed roofs create a central walkway and courtyard between the two buildings.  The material palette was created with brick and metal roofing as its base, intermixing concrete masonry units and metal siding to create unique identities for the new facilities.  Both facilities are designed to meet Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP).

The 15,000 sq ft “500 Building” houses the School of Cosmetology, including a full working salon with styling stations for 30 students, classrooms, computer labs, and areas for facials, nails and color mixing.  Red metal siding and vertical sunshades create an eye-catching entry to the retail component.  The building also houses the Bridges Academy, geared toward students who struggle in traditional high school settings.

The 8,000 sq ft “600 Building” houses the Aviation program and has a large, open hangar for aircraft maintenance.  The shed roof gives the suggestion of flight and allows for a taller space for the hangar, with classrooms, tools, a clean room and other support spaces located in the lower front section of the building.  A large rolling door leads into the hangar from the outside, allowing for the ability to bring in various types of equipment for study.  Additionally, all the furniture is on wheels to increase flexibility.