Peter Kirk Elementary School
Lake Washington School District
It’s back to school at the new Peter Kirk Elementary School. This new 79,000 sf facility replaced the existing school on the same site. Featuring 30 classrooms separated into learning pods gathered around 6 shared instructional spaces, each pod has views of the preserved natural landscape of the site. The Music room opens up as a stage for the Commons, and both the Gym and Commons can be opened into one large space. The high ceiling Library provides for teaching space, reading nooks, and a tall window corner for special gatherings. The administration area features a sunny yellow ceiling with views of the student drop-off areas and playfields. A variety of special spaces were created throughout the school to provide for gathering of groups large and small.
Exterior patterned masonry provides for permanence with yellow accents used to highlight windows and entry features. Meeting the high performance standards of the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP), the school features a geothermal system, energy efficient daylight controlled lighting, ceiling fans in lieu of cooling, photo-voltaic ready roof areas, and enhanced acoustic separation of learning spaces.
The grass play-field is under construction until seeding has matured. This field is a joint facility shared by the City of Kirkland for community use after school hours. Located in Kirkland, Washington, the replacement school’s site features forested areas, hillsides, and creek which affected much of the planning and required an understanding of wetland and stream buffer mitigation. Preserving and enhancing the environment is a key factor in the design of the new Peter Kirk facility. Opportunities for outdoor education and gathering spaces are being explored.