Lake Wilderness Elementary School
FORMA recently completed this occupied replacement of the largest elementary school in Washington State. Originally built in 1959, the existing campus and collection of portable classrooms housed more than 1,200 students, and was in need of expansion and modernization--the initial plan for the project when FORMA was selected as GC/CM in 2015.
Partnering with the Tahoma School District and TCF Architecture, our GC/CM team developed cost option studies, analyzed programming data and design schemes to arrive at the revised plan to build a replacement school instead of remodeling the old one--maximizing the District's available budget, minimizing disruption to students and staff, and shaving a full year off the project schedule.
A long-standing local landmark with deep roots in the community, it was important to our team that the project be accessible to students, staff and neighbors, so FORMA led a proactive effort to provide ties to construction progress and opportunities for community engagement. From the 1,200+ student hard hats sourced for the major groundbreaking event
in May 2016, to the project's Instagram
feed & social media updates
; and a 15,000-piece scale model of the new school designed and built by FORMA out of LEGOs
; we successfully worked to connect students, staff, and the community to the construction of the new Lake Wilderness Elementary School.