Fisher Elementary School
Lynden School District
Designed in partnership with:
Zervas Group Architects
SMS worked together with Zervas to design the new replacement school for Fisher Elementary. The new design assists the Lynden School District in advancing 21st Century Learning with flexible layouts that include shared learning spaces centered around 4 classrooms. Dramatic daylighting throughout the building helps create an open atmosphere for children and faculty to enjoy learning. The new facility also includes an oversized gymnasium for school and community use.
The school was originally scheduled to open in 2018, requiring its students to move twice. Our team proposed opening the school a year ahead of schedule, minimizing the disruption of moving. Site constraints meant that our team had to carefully analyze the new building siting, then plan construction to maximize student safety and access. To mitigate the impacts, construction walls were built to block noise, while careful coordination with the contractor meant that disruptive activities were scheduled during school breaks.
Schematic design started in November 2015, and the project bid in July 2016, resulting in a total project schedule of just 22 months. The new Fisher opened for classes in fall of 2017. The District was able to accept all alternates, including adding a four-classroom addition completed in December of 2017.