Jemtegaard Middle and Columbia River Gorge Elementary School

  • LOCATION: Washougal, WA
  • COMPLETED: 2017


Washougal School District’s new Jemtegaard Middle and Columbia River Gorge Elementary School will replace the existing Jemtegaard School. Designed to accommodate 1,000 students (600 middle and 400 elementary), the school is organized into two wings that stem from a shared core.

Due to its location in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, the building features a number of unique design elements. The school’s height was limited to 35-feet, resulting in the school being over 700-feet from end to end. The site will have plentiful vegetation to reduce the school’s impact on views within the Gorge. The exterior materials and colors were carefully selected to blend with the natural environment and include earth-tone browns, cherry, beige, stone, and basalt materials.

Other unique elements of the school include bridges that connect the North parking lot to the front entry and an exterior courtyard in the middle of the building that is protected from Gorge winds.

Interested in seeing this project’s progress? View the latest aerial drone video here.