I wanted to pass along an invite to both AIA and CSI members for the upcoming tour of Mica Peak HS in November. We would really appreciate your sharing this opportunity with your members. We will be working to get AIA credit for the tour and possibly the dinner presentation as well. The tour is absolutely free. The reception and catered dinner are the only portion that requires registration and payment. Feel free to contact me or our chapter president Taine Wilton (CC’d) with any questions.
Link and info below for registration.
Mica Peak High School and Early Learning Center
Transforming a vacant grocery store into an empowering educational space housing two ends of the PK-12 educational spectrum—a 300-student alternative high school and a 680-student early learning center—was a challenge rich in opportunity. The high school is broken into three programs: a non-traditional, small-environment high school; an online high school program called Flex; and School to Life—a post-high school special needs program transitioning students to independence. The early learning center provides a safe and secure environment for families who may be experiencing formal education for the first time. Many of the students are low income or developmentally delayed, requiring additional support services, including periodic family meetings. The building provides intentional crossover spaces, encouraging the two programs to build off each other. The barriers these students had faced throughout the years in other school facilities are broken down so that they feel proud and secure in their new environment.
- Providing clear circulation between and within the two programs while also celebrating the inherent volume of the building.
- Transparency and connection among educational spaces, the commons, breakout rooms, and the Flex suite.
- The symbiotic relationship of these programs is facilitated by the built environment.
- Breakout and congregation spaces promote informal educational conversations.
Architect: NAC Architecture
Structural Engineer: DCI Engineers
Civil Engineer: DCI Engineers
Landscape Architect: SPVV
Mechanical Engineer: L & S Engineering
Electrical Engineer: NAC Engineering
General Contractor: T.W. Clark Construction
West Valley School District Superintendent Gene Sementi and Assistant Superintendent Kyle Rydell will be presenting on the business side of running a school district. While student learning and successes are the primary charge, school districts are often one of the largest employers and property managers in their communities. The financial implications of McCleary, deferred maintenance and public bond and levy initiatives drive a heavily burdened process. This is a great opportunity to better understand the politics, filters and optics of running a school district.
Tour Address: 15111 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037
Dinner Address: 2426 N Discovery Pl, Spokane Valley, WA 99216
5:30-6:30 Cocktails & Networking
Steven Clark, AIA, LEED® AP
Project Manager | Senior Associate