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Timberland Middle School

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

What does a safe school look like?

This is the very first project that I’ve seen from start to finish. It was a twinkle in our eye back in the fall of 2014, when we were trying to arrange the school program onto a suburban greenfield site near Beaverton, Oregon. Our team completed design and documentation at a neck-breaking speed of 9 months- with the school opening the fall of 2016.

With a 14’ grade change between the north and south ends of the site, our team thought about school circulation as a salmon run. We studied the ideal width of corridors for middle schoolers plus lockers, and pushed to expose many of the seismic cross-bracing to be a teaching tool for sustainability and resiliency.

Our team faced many concerns from the district about safety and security measures, in which we had to complete potential active shooter diagrams to determine the size of the classroom relites and the height of the sills. Facilitating these sensitive conversations early on resulted in a colorful and transparent yet secure facility.

The school is now a beacon for safety and disaster preparedness in the area and serves the new Cedar Mill community as a middle school for 1100 students.

My contribution extended from schematic design, design development, rendering, interior detailing, BIM documentation through construction administration where I was on site assisting with punch list. I advocated for and designed their solar display kiosk where students will be able to learn about the sustainable features of their building.

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

Image courtesy of Mahlum Architects

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