Fisher Elementary School
Lynden School District
Designed in partnership with:
Zervas Group Architects
Fisher Elementary School is a replacement 66,500 SF facility in Lynden School District. With 24 classrooms serving 550 K-5 students, Fisher Elementary will be constructed on an occupied site just ten feet away from the existing school. The new building was situated to optimize views and access to the existing wetlands and greenbelt on the site, focusing on environmental awareness and education for the students. Beginning with community and stakeholder workshops, the new building is a high profile project for this small, close-knit community.
The new school features modern gabled roofs, a two-story classroom wing, and vaulted common spaces. To maximize flexibility, the shared learning spaces are tucked just off the main circulation hallways, providing connection and interaction between classrooms while also creating a distinct space that supports smaller learning groups. The gymnasium features an operable wall that opens to the commons to support uses by both the school and the community alike, and its proximity to the prominent front entry promotes wayfinding. Separate bus and parent drop-off access was incorporated to increase student safety and access to the school.
Fisher Elementary School is designed to WSSP standards (the equivalent of LEED Silver certification) and includes passive sustainable strategies to minimize energy consumption and reduce long-term maintenance costs. The project is recently bid and came in under budget (all bids under $254/SF). Construction is anticipated to be complete in time for the 2017-2018 school year. We were able to accelerate the schedule in order to open the school sooner than originally planned. Schematic design started in November 2015, and the project bid in July 2016.