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Lynnwood High School

Bothell, Washington

School District: Edmonds

Number of students: 1,600

Square feet: 219,000

Date completed: 2009

Features

CTE/STEM
CTE/STEM
Early Childhood
Early Childhood
Interiors
Interiors
Performing Arts
Performing Arts
Sustainable
Sustainable

Awards

2010 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), James D. MacConnell Award

2010 Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), Polished Apple Awards, Merit Award

2010 American Council of Engineering Companies, Engineering Excellence Bronze Award, Best in State

2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EnergyStar Challenge

Student learning, community enhancement, sustainability, and connectivity – these are the goals that shaped the design of Lynnwood High School, winner of the 2010 James D. MacConnell Award for outstanding educational planning and design. Relocating from a 1950s dispersed campus devoid of a sense of place, to a new facility focused on student social and academic needs, restored school spirit and community pride.

The school is designed around the Agora – Greek for “marketplace” – an unencumbered, rhythmic space that supports social interaction at multiple levels by functioning as a cafeteria, lobby, performance venue, study hall, community event space, and the heart of the school. Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s) with dedicated science labs, teacher planning areas, and admin spaces are situated around the light-filled Agora. Career and Technical Education (CTE) spaces, adjacent to the Agora and visibly accessible to students, illuminate real world learning.

The school offers plentiful opportunities to develop enduring community support and participation. Forming  community partnership, athletic fields and tennis courts are shared with the City for year round youth and adult leagues and the gymnasium serves as an emergency shelter. Academic areas and PLC’s around the Agora can operate independently – supporting community education opportunities – as well as use by government, district, religious, business, and local organizations. CTE programs also function as real community businesses, offering services in Horticulture, Carpentry, and Culinary Arts.

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