Panther Lake Elementary

a new Federal Way elementary school

Panther Lake Elementary

Federal Way, WA

This new 49,000-square-foot, one-story elementary school in Federal Way is wood framed to keep costs down. Challenges faced on the project included keeping the interior space free of structural walls. This was accomplished by using long spanning open-web joists and glu-lam beams. These were supported by steel pipe columns, keeping the interior free and open. Large portions of the bi-level roof along the corridors were also minimized of structural elements to allow for natural light to enter the classrooms. Panther Lake received a Citation at the AIA Seattle’s 2012 Honor Awards for Washington Architecture.


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