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Hamilton Middle School

  • Client:

    Seattle Public Schools

  • Completion:

    2010

  • Location:

    Seattle, WA

  • Type:

    Historic Rehabilitation & Addition

  • Size:

    127,700 SF

  • Construction Cost:

    $44.7M

Overview

Restoring and Rehabilitating a Community Icon

The design for this comprehensive rehabilitation project encompassed a complete interior reorganization of a historic 1927 school and the integration of an architecturally complementary addition to house the school’s gymnasium. Personalized learning communities, adaptability of learning space and enhancing community connections were just four of the primary project goals identified by Hamilton’s 20-member school design team.


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Small learning communities break down scale

The interior was organized into six small learning communities, each offering a flexible group space, three general classrooms and one science classroom.

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Creating a social heart that builds community

The student commons, where group activities including performances, school and community events take place, is located in the building’s center, providing a social heart for the school and is connected to the new construction.

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Infusing natural light and inspiration

The interior reorganization of space gave the design team the opportunity to increase room volumes and infuse daylight throughout learning spaces and common areas.

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Respecting neighborhood context

Native and drought-tolerant landscaping complements this small, in-city site and integrates Hamilton into the surrounding residential neighborhood, with connectivity to the adjacent municipal park.


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