Opening in 2016, the modernization and addition to Silverdale Elementary School revitalizes an obsolete learning environment and provides an engaging atmosphere for student growth and creativity. The academic spaces are organized into three learning pods, which are organized around three themes: ocean, forest and mountain. In addition to providing color, shape and movement, these themes serve as wayfinding elements for students and visitors.
The library is centrally located, serving as the “heart” of the school. This multi-functional library will also serve as a public meeting space for community events in addition to formal and informal student gathering. The new building’s layout not only creates independent team areas, but also provides clearly defined areas of supervision and logical circulation paths throughout the facility.
Built on an undeveloped site in a residential area, the design for the new elementary school in Bellevue's Wilburton neighborhood is both modern and warm, and includes a variety of sustainable features that not only serve as teaching tools, but also increase energy efficiency and make an important connection between nature and the built environment.
Classrooms are organized around six K-6 learning communities and a childcare community, with flexible shared learning areas in each community that support small groups, one-on-one mentoring and tutoring. As a Microsoft School of the Future, technology is incorporated in the classroom and throughout the school to enhance learning.