Bud Hawk Elementary School is nestled on the edge of the closely knit Jackson Park Naval Housing community in Bremerton, Washington. The district’s primary design goal was to create an inviting home for the itinerant students of a military community, to create a building deeply rooted in the regional character of the Pacific Northwest. Bassetti responded by designing a large pitched roof that provides shelter. Peeled logs are used for columns. Interior masonry anchors the heart of the school. Rain and rain gardens are the focus of the outdoor courtyard, highlighting the importance environmental sensitivity and providing a direct link to science instruction.
The project overcame several challenges stemming from building on an occupied site. Poor soils restricted potential locations for the new building. The tightly constrained site limited construction access. Despite the challenges, Bassetti delivered a new school built in one phase, saving on construction time and cost.