A Flexible and World-Class Model for Generations

Evergreen Public Schools ‘Prototype’ Model

Overview

LSW Architects partnered with Evergreen Public Schools to develop a cost-effective prototype model for seven of its elementary schools. By working closely with teaching staff, administrators, and stakeholders, the team developed a highly engaging, fun and elegant design that both invigorates and delights students and staff - and can be easily repeated.

The resulting prototype is a high-quality, flexible, and scalable working school model that saves on everything from the design to the ongoing maintenance of the building. The prototype schools include Image, Sifton, Emerald, Burton, Marrion, Mill Plain and Ellsworth Elementary; each school in this group has nearly the exact same footprint.

Key Stats

Client

Evergreen Public Schools

Square Footage

62,000

Project Completion

2021

Design

The design for each of the schools is focused on delivering personalized, flexible learning spaces. By using bright colors in common areas, natural materials on surfaces that students can climb or sit on, and creating multiple opportunities to participate in a learning moment, the goal was to provide an environment that engages multiple senses and invites children to learn in ways that feel natural.

A key consideration in the layout and configuration is the mental, emotional and physical health of students, expanding on the idea of "Voice and Choice" as a learning principle: learners can choose how they learn best and are free to pull away when needed.

A view from the second floor looking down on the big learning stairs and the break area.
the second floor of the learning area at the EPS prototype building looking down a hallway to class rooms
Looking up from the first floor to the second floor at the learning area and the stairs

Additional Design Concepts

Personalized Learning

  • Creating learning environment options that amplify the potential of the individual.

Connection

  • Learning Streets that are the heart of the classroom zone and extension of the classroom for activities that differentiate it from the classroom.

Social Learning

  • A Learning Stair serves as the link between the social and academic commons with three usable sides and links with the balcony and second story for multiple uses at the same time—lunch, large presentations, small group presentations, reading, performances, etc.

Personal Safety

  • Providing security/fire separation to close off classroom wings using a folding accordion door that is tied into lockdown and fire alarm.

Connection to Nature

  • Visual and physical access to secure outdoor planting and learning areas.

Learning Stair that serves as a place for lunch, large presentations, small group presentations, reading, performances, etc.
Looking at an entry to the classroom at the Evergreen Public Schools Prototype buildings
Learning Streets that are the heart of the classroom zone and extension of the classroom for activities that differentiate it from the classroom.

The schools also feature Integrated Classroom Instructional Technology, including audio and video display managed by a touch panel control, along with sound masking for speech privacy and less disruption within the classrooms. The school also uses simple, intuitive, frustration free lighting controls to help empower occupants to save additional energy beyond code minimums.

looking at the Library with Visual and physical access to secure outdoor planting and learning areas.