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New Evergreen School Design Process Gets a Green Light

New Evergreen School Design Process Gets a Green Light
Evergreen staff and a community member from the design review committee study images for design inspiration.

Bassetti Architects Meets With EHS Design Review Committee 

Staff from Bassetti Architects returned to their work on the schematic design of a new Evergreen High School with a capacity for 1,200 students. They met again with members of the Evergreen design review committee on December 2.

Find out what is next in the design process and when the next school bond — to pay for construction — is expected to go before voters.

Background Information

2 photos of 2019-2020 Evergreen design review committee members at work

Photos are from 2019-2020 Evergreen design review committee meetings (pre-COVID).

When the plans for new Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific schools were at nearly 50% schematic design in spring 2020, the design review process was put on hold due to the pandemic and the need for a technology levy. The next likely school bond was delayed from November 2020 until November 2022. 

Now there are enough remaining 2016 bond dollars to pay for additional design development beyond the initial schematic design work promised in the 2016 bond. Taking the designs for the first two schools that would be slated for construction to nearly shovel-ready will speed up the process once another school bond is approved. 

The architects expect that Evergreen High School can be constructed at a different location on campus while students continue to attend school in the existing buildings. Tyee High School, and then Pacific Middle School, will need to take turns using the Olympic Interim School site during demolition and construction.

Evergreen Design Process & Goals

Bassetti Architects Principal Dan Miles during design review meeting, slide shows EHS mission

During the 2019-2020 school year, Bassetti Architects held six meetings with Evergreen staff, students and community members serving on the Evergreen design review committee. They toured other new schools, discussed various site layouts, interior and exterior inspirations and reviewed school mission and vision statements as well as district strategic goals.

Some of the design goals the committee set include:

  • Reinforce the connection to Lakewood Park.
  • Celebrate existing evergreen trees and plant next generation of conifers to reinforce evergreen canopy.
  • Regenerate portions of the site to recall the previous environment.
  • Locate student commons at the center of the building with direct connections to major program elements, including the gym, theater, library, and exterior courtyard.
  • Provide strong indoor/outdoor connections for the commons, learning communities and CTE programs as appropriate.
  • Create a variety of engaging outdoor gathering areas.
  • Provide a flexible building layout that promotes a variety of learning styles and curriculum models.

Proposed Site Plan

After proposing and reviewing multiple site layouts with the design review committee, here is the proposed layout and siting of the new school building in a working draft from the slide presentation. The new facility is proposed to be constructed in the northeast corner of the campus, with two structures connected by a continuous, interior bridge that spans an existing sewer easement cutting diagonally across the site. Below is the "Site Plan/50% Schematic Design" presented by Bassetti Architects to the design review committee in December.

Evergreen High School Site Plan, 50% Schematic Design, Bassetti Architects, with siting of facility in northeast corner.

Existing Site Map

For reference, here is the existing site map of the Evergreen campus, with sewer and storm easements designated diagonally across the northwest to northeast portion of the campus. 

Existing Site Map of Evergreen Campus, showing sewer easement that cuts diagonally across the northwest to northeast .

Next Steps for Design

The committee will meet once more in January, then the architects will begin work on reviewing the educational specifications for the building space with district and school department staff. Following this step, the architects will enter the design development phase in late spring. The creation of construction documents for the new building could begin in early fall. Additional efforts will be dictated by a school board decision in late summer about placing the next school bond on November 2022 election ballots.

More Information

Tyee High School High School Designers Get Back to Work, November 18, 2021

Pacific Design website page

Keeping Our Promise school construction website


Evergreen High School staff members of design review committee