Wainwright Intermediate School130 Alameda Ave
Tacoma, WA 98466
Design Achievement - Looking to push the limits of traditional educational models, Tacoma School District has opened its first elementary/ intermediate school to serve grades 4-8. DLR Group’s design for Wainwright Intermediate embraces the variety of social and educational needs of this new student grouping in a flexible learning environment. To most effectively utilize the site with an existing mix of forest and hardscape, the school runs along a main spine - transitioning from public community space to core learning. In the center of the school, an "Exploratory Commons" redefines the traditional library - offering spaces to research, design, test, and create.
Scope Summary - The scope of work encompasses a 65,000 SF facility designed to serve 450 students. Seeking to make the most of traditional circulatory space, the corridors are open places, used for teaming and teachable moments. Additionally, the building can be used as a tool for learning with cutaways to reveal systems. With faculty interests in less-defined classrooms, collaborative learning suites provide flexibility for learning. DLR Group provided architecture, structural engineering and interior design services.