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TACOMA, WA

ARLINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2017

Client: Tacoma Public Schools

Images: © Ben Benschneider

Arlington Elementary School has become one of the nation’s most award-winning K-12 education facilities. Inclusiveness and a focus on non-traditional forms of play using natural elements were identified as important goals for the project.  Students were engaged in the design process from the very beginning, helping to ensure that this would truly be the playground they had dreamed of.  

A series of dynamic courtyards bring light and natural beauty into the classrooms and invite students to learn, play, and explore in the outdoor environment. Embracing the site’s topography, we integrated slides and climbing elements into the hillside.
 

Completed while working at AHBL, Inc. 

Role: Principal-in-Charge