K-12 Education

Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School

Hazel Wolf K-8 E-STEM School

NAC Architecture - Seattle, WA

As part of the Building Excellence IV Levy, Seattle Public Schools demolished the old, Pinehurst School, replacing with a contemporary, modern facility that houses the Hazel Wolf K-8 program. Opened in September 2016, the school emphasizes studies of the natural environment and STEM curricula (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Greenbusch (GBG) provided design support through all phases: SD, DD, CD, and CA.

Spaces of note include the Music/Band Room (combined instrumental and vocal); Gymnasium; Stage (Drama Room); and Commons/Cafetorium. Adjustable acoustical treatments were specified to accommodate the multi-purpose rooms to best support the function(s) of the spaces.

Federal Way High School

Federal Way High School

SRG Partnership - Federal Way, WA

This new, contemporary high school was designed and built in 2 Phases for a total of 230,000 square feet.

Acoustical deficiencies in the existing school were identified as poor acoustical characteristics within classrooms and insufficient sound isolation between classrooms.

Greenbusch services included recommendations for sound isolation between spaces, reverberation control, and background sound levels associated with the mechanical system.

Spaces of note include: classrooms, music rooms, 400-seat performing arts theater, the library, athletic spaces with multiple gymnasiums, science rooms, expansive commons area, mechanical rooms and specialized vocational trades/shop among others.

Franklin High School Renovation, LEED® Gold

Franklin High School Renovation, LEED® Gold

DOWA-IBI Group - Portland, OR

Greenbusch provided acoustical design services for the $52.8M modernization of the historic Franklin High School. Originally built in 1915, the school was remodeled with additions in the 1950ís and 1970ís. The recent modernization retains the period aesthetic for the portions of the building considered historically significant; demolished/rebuilt the gym, shop, and classroom wing; and upgrades building systems replacing with contemporary, energy efficient systems.

The firmís contribution to the design for this 240,000 SF project includes: 1) Recommendations for sound isolation between spaces; 2) Reverberation control; 3) Background sound levels associated with the mechanical systems; 4) Construction methods for roof and wall separation (from exterior noise sources such as road traffic, airplane, as well as from interior/adjacent spaces; and 5) Interior finishes such as surface ceiling product to mitigate from jet noise.

Spaces of note include: classrooms, music and choir rooms, mechanical rooms, performance spaces, the library, athletic spaces including the new gym, shop and science rooms, among others. Franklinís historic auditorium was preserved, and converted to a two-story Media Center; the entrance to the original main building was transformed to a two-story entry and lobby space.

The school opened Fall 2017.


Charles Wright Academy - Language and Performing Arts Center

BCRA - Tacoma, WA

The new Language and Performing Arts Center contains the Donn Laughlin Theater, as well as music and drama rehearsal rooms and a number of classrooms.

Greenbusch provided the architectural acoustical design, as well as noise control throughout the building.

A focal point of Charles Wright Academy's new wing is the Donn Laughlin Theater, a black box venue supports the performing arts department for students in grades 9-12.

This non-traditional black box also functions as a multi-purpose hall, supporting music recitals and general assemblies, seating between 250 and 400.

Acoustical Design for UW's Benjamin Hall

Thunder Mountain High School

MRV Architects - New Juneau, AK

New 166,400 SF high school was designed for a student population of 850, with the capability to expand to 1,100.

Greenbusch provided the architectural acoustical design, as well as noise control throughout the building.

The design was strongly influenced by the site - southern exposure for gathering spaces, Mendenhall Glacier and mountain views from the library, and academic commons overlooking the river.


Mt. Rainier High School

BLRB - Des Moines, WA

Located directly in the Sea-Tac International Airport flight path, our analysis included evaluating site noise and designing the structure to reduce interior noise to levels conducive to a good learning environment.

Recommendations included construction elements for the wall and roof systems and for glazing throughout the various spaces.

Close coordination was required to ensure relief and intake openings did not provide pathways for aircraft noise infiltration.

Mechanical noise and vibration control were coordinated with the Mechanical Engineer.

In addition, we provided recommendations for shaping and finishes in the Great Hall performing area, music rooms and commons.