For Salish Middle School, our design team focused on learning environments that allow for adaptive use and increased student population in this rapidly-growing district. Project classrooms are located at the entry to each house, which allow flexibility in interaction, learning, and teaching. The building prioritizes visibility, including abundant, cost-reducing daylighting, and visual connections between all grade levels and school administration. Interior design was inspired by the surrounding Nisqually basin—the blending of native forest with river delta and wetlands, which then meet the sea. Each grade level house reflects a color and texture palette representing an aspect of those natural environments.
This new BCRA-designed middle school brought collaborative and flexible indoor and outdoor learning spaces to a rapidly growing district.