Lakeland Elementary

Strategically located in Federal Way, Lakeland Elementary School is a 45,000 Square-Foot project adjacent to walking trails surrounded by vibrant residential communities.

Client: Federal Way Public Schools
Architect: DLR Group
Contract Value: $11,165,484
Square Footage: 45,000
Completion: 2012

The primary objective of the school's design was to create an engaging and stimulating learning environment for young students. To achieve this, the design incorporated vibrant colors and unique architectural features. Notable elements such as exposed concrete floors and wood beams, outdoor reading areas, and expansive open spaces were integrated, resulting in an exceptional atmosphere that fostered optimal learning experiences. The school seamlessly harmonized innovative design principles with sustainable practices.

The site’s convenient location offered multiple access points, facilitating quick and easy delivery of materials during the entire construction process. The new building, constructed with a wood frame, adhered to the stringent sustainability standards set by Washington State. The heating system employed cutting-edge geothermal technology, using a radiant heat flooring system throughout the concrete slab. This water-based system not only provided quiet and comfortable heating but also created an ideal learning environment, surpassing the performance of traditional forced air systems.

The construction of the project followed a phased approach, with the final phase encompassing the successful abatement and demolition of the old structure upon the completion of the new building. This sequencing minimized disruptions for both students and the district throughout the construction process. By adopting a fast-track delivery method, the project was completed on schedule within the allocated budget and just prior to the commencement of the academic year.