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Pioneer Middle School

  • Client

    • Steilacoom Historical School District
  • Project Type

Design Achievement - Pioneer Middle School has been recognized nationally for its innovative model of engaging students in learning through a sustainable, technologically advanced built environment. DLR Group's design team worked closely with teachers to identify learning concepts and curriculum that could be expressed as design elements, and in turn design solutions that could contribute to the learning process. From the math of its structural timbers to the acoustics of its music room tambourines to the social consciousness of its flooring, materials, and more, Pioneer Middle School immerses students, staff and visitors in the experience of learning in healthy environments and in a sense of connection to the greater community.

Scope Summary - The scope encompassed the design of a new 105,000 SF replacement middle school for 850 students in grades 6-8. Spaces include classrooms; administration; music and performance; science, video, computer and food labs; cafeteria; gym; library; outdoor learning and support spaces; and a central kitchen serving the entire District. Additionally, DLR Group worked with teachers to develop design solutions allowing the building to serve as a teaching tool, developed educational exhibit displays and an interactive kiosk, and participated in curriculum development sessions aligning these design solutions with educational needs. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering, interiors and planning services.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Platinum Award
  • Honor Award, Classroom Design
  • Honor Award, Greenpiece
  • Citation Winner

    National School Boards Association (NSBA)
  • Citation

    American School & University magazine
  • Impact on Learning Award

    School Planning & Management magazine
  • Honorable Mention

    American Association of School Administrators (AASA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), and Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) Architectural Jury

Pioneer Middle School

Steilacoom Historical School District