Bellevue School District
Student safety, collaboration, personalized learning and sustainability are some of the primary points of emphasis in the design for the new Chinook Middle School. The replacement of Chinook offers a unique opportunity to the District to create a contemporary, forward-thinking middle school that embodies flexibility and sustainable design.
As the outcome of a comprehensive, planning process with district staff, the planning committee, parents and community residents, a two-story building design that will feature two academic wings around a central courtyard was identified. The transition from single story to two-story elements is accomplished
within the large volume of the school’s central commons. Access to the upper floor will be provided by a monumental stairway, elevator and walkway bridge connecting the academic wings. The building configuration will maximize the shape of the site while preserving forested areas at the site perimeter. When complete in 2014, this 143,000 square foot school provides a modern, technologically forward and inspirational environment for 1,200 Bellevue middle school students.