Creating a new, sustainable main classroom building on the Vashon Island High School campus required an imaginative site design. Existing buildings, wetlands, and athletic fields offered an opportunity to create an environmentally responsible campus. Significant sustainable site design elements involved stormwater management through the use of rainwater harvesting, green roofs, permeable pavement and bioretention to mitigate runoff and provide grey water reuse.
Extensive, ongoing communication with permitting agencies, district personnel and contractors is critical since the high school will remain open during construction. The incorporation of a ground source heat pump system and underground stormwater cistern, re-routing of utilities, and expansion of the existing septic and domestic water systems require precise coordination throughout construction.