Lakeridge Middle School Virtual Tour
Tour Guide: Abby Dacey, Principal, Mahlum Architects
The learning environment of Lakeridge Middle School has been designed to address the specific academic, social, and emotional needs of the teenage learner. Several features set the school apart from a traditional approach: Instead of locating extended learning spaces outside of the classroom and providing stand-alone makers spaces, each general classroom has been paired with a larger maker space or lab space that affords every teacher the opportunity to conduct team teaching or switch to project based learning styles. All learning spaces feature large interior windows and have been organized in a loop around a central courtyard to allow every learner to become aware of the work peers are engaged in and spark the inherent teenage curiosity to become interested in new subject matter. In alignment with recent research that confirms the emotional impact of surface texture and finish materials on students, the design takes advantage of material expression and biophilia. By featuring exposed wood beams, wood ceilings, and salvaged White Oak structural tree columns, the design evokes memories of being in nature, thereby reducing stress, anxiety, and potential aggressive behavior in students.
The traditional cafeteria has been reinterpreted as a distributed Commons. This space is available as an extended media center during non-eating hours and caters to both students who thrive in active areas and those who prefer quiet spaces. The design breaks the Commons into several zones, each offering a range of seating options and scales with varying ceiling heights and materials. The school’s reduced energy use targets meet the Architecture 2030 challenge by employing a very robust building envelope and exposed thermal mass, and by engaging occupants to manage thermal comfort throughout the day. Users are alerted when conditions are ideal to open windows, activate ceiling fans, and open passive stack exhaust roof dampers.
- Explore innovative uses of wood building materials, including acoustic DLT roof deck, salvaged structural tree columns, glulam beams, finished plywood shear walls and selective wood finishes.
- Learn how the design succeeded in “breaking through the cost barrier” to downsize and eliminate mechanical equipment by applying occupant engagement and passive strategies for Oregon’s 1.5% Green Energy Technology (GET) budget into the robust high performance building envelope.
- Learn how this project qualified for significantly enhanced financial incentives under Energy Trust of Oregon’s (ETO) Path to Net Zero Energy program.
- Learn how the school’s resilient design features can support community recovery with enhanced lateral structural design (Risk Category IV); emergency potable water connection, power backup, exhaust ventilation at Gyms and passive survivability with natural daylight, exposed thermal mass and enhanced building envelope.
Architect: Mahlum Architects
Landscape Architect: Mayer/Reed
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis (HHPR)
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Energy Modeling: PAE
Elevator and AV: Greenbusch Group
Cost Estimating: RLB
Food Service: Halliday Associates
Transportation Consultants: Kittelson & Associates
Theater: PLA Designs
Security and Acoustics: Stantec
Lighting: Biella Lighting Design
Planning: Angelo Planning
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