Seattle Public Schools – Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School

Seattle, Washington

Seattle Public Schools
NAC Architecture
Square Footage
78,000 SF
Electrical Engineering and Lighting Design
Completion Date

World Architecture News Future Projects Education Awards, Second Place

Merit Award, 2018 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards

2018 Pinnacle Project of Distinction, A4LE Pacific Northwest Region

2017 Grand Prize, Learning by Design Magazine (Fall 2017)

2017 James D. MacConnell Award Finalist, A4LE

2017 Polished Apple, A4LE

2016 Building of the Year, Seattle DJC

2015 Second Place, World Architecture News Future Projects in Education

Multi-award-winning Hazel Wolf K-8 is a “Choice School”’ (students opt to attend). This academic institution features an innovative curriculum based on environmental learning and uses the environment as the focus of its studies through an E-STEM program (Environmental, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

The school sits on a tight 3.2 acres site and integrates an “indoor/outdoor learning lab with green roofs and terraces. The central courtyard has several teaching areas focusing on plantings and stormwater management, including a constructed wetland as part of their science curriculum.

The courtyard extends up and over the administration area and art room to create more space for outdoor learning. A botanical garden provides an outdoor laboratory, while a living wall at the main entry displays the school’s mission to the community.

The interior design also promotes students’ and teachers’ interactions facilitating learning opportunities throughout the school, thus maximizing every inch of the building.

It’s amazing to see to see the students and staff use and operate the space. It is beyond anyone’s expectations. As we walk the halls, the Lydig family can’t help but burst with pride over the effort our teams put in together. This was accomplished by Bassetti’s approach to collaboration and willingness to work with Lydig, the District, and all stakeholders.
Andrew Johnson
Lydig Construction
A flexible learning area is located outside of the science labs.
“Students will leave here being able to understand what’s happening in the world around them”
Debbie Nelson (School Principal)
“A lot of spontaneous learning happens here pretty seamlessly. We just step outside to demonstrate" - Bailey-Fogarty (E-STEM coordinator)
“The architecture needed to generate a real dialogue with its diverse adjacencies,”
Boris Srdar (NAC design principal)
Hanging in the modernized library is a 30’x3’ mural, “Vancouver’s Discovery at Restoration Point,” by Lincoln Class of 1943 alum and former teacher Bill Holm, which he created in 1965-66 as a memorial gift. The painting was discovered behind a wall during demolition.