Tahoma High School2570 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road SE
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Design Narrative - As a growing community south of Seattle, the city of Maple Valley has lacked the benefit of having a high school within its city limits. Seeking to rectify this deficit, as well as to provide a great deal of public-use spaces, the new Tahoma High School and Regional Learning Center will serve the Maple Valley Community in every sense of the word - both as it relates to Maple Valley at large, as well as how it relates to the school of Tahoma High School. DLR Group's design is driven by the concept of "community." As an intrinsic partner to Tahoma School District, DLR Group conducted a visioning process prior to the passage of the school bond and established educational goals and guidelines. By including input from students, staff, and career and technical education partners, the new school will serve as a regional resource. Pushing educational goals forward, graduates of the new Tahoma High School will be better enabled to continue education in a college setting or seek trade certification to begin making a liveable wage.
Scope Summary - Designed to accommodate 2,400 students, grades 9-12, the 315,000 SF campus provides efficient programming of interior spaces, including 72 teaching spaces, and six CTE-specialty learning spaces. The CTE component, supporting the Regional Learning Center includes auto tech, manufacturing, fabrication, robotics, health/sports medicine and informational technology. Community functions are supported through the gymnasium, auditorium, library and commons on this 46-acre site. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, engineering and interior design services.