Louise Parish School & Faith Formation Center|
55 South Atlantic Street, #301, Seattle, WA 98134
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: May 2009 to June
Total Square Feet: 50,040 Site: 9.14 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 22,608; second floor, 27,432; total,
50,040 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 13’ 5”; second floor, 13’ 5”;
Basic Construction Type: New/VB.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade, Vibro Pier System.
Exterior Walls: CMU, storefront aluminum windows. Roof:
Metal, membrane, roof deck. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Coughlin Porter Lundeen - 801 2nd Avenue,
#900, Seattle, WA 98104
Mechanical Engineer: Bellevue Mechanical, Inc. - 1331 120th
Avenue, N.E., Bellevue, WA 98005
Electrical Engineer: Holmes Electric - P.O. Box 338, Kent, WA
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Goudy Construction Company -
P.O. Box 3028, Bellevue, WA 98009
Broderick Architects worked with St. Louise Parish to create a
comprehensive, multi-phased Master Plan, which serves as a roadmap for
redevelopment of their church and educational campus located in a
residential neighborhood in Bellevue, Washington. The parish K-8 school
was growing out of its outdated 50's era buildings and was in need of
new home. As Phase 2 of the Master Plan an undeveloped portion of the
site was set aside for a new structure including core functions of the
school including classrooms, offices, and the library. The two-story
building that was constructed will be the anchor and model for future
development on the site.
The design of school features contemporary and easily maintained
materials, the result of a progressive parish community and need to have
both and economical and practical facility all they way to its core. A
braced steel frame with open web steel joists and concrete was selected
for its ease of construction and familiarity to the trades. Poor soils
required special Vibro Pier footings to economically set the building on
firm ground. Grade beams were required throughout to stiffen the
footings, slab, and the masonry veneer. Light gauge steel framing made
constructing the shell a snap. Exterior siding consisted of cedar siding
and Hardie panels installed as part of a rainscreen system. Deeply
recessed aluminum storefront windows required special trim bucks at the
windows but achieved deep shadow lines and clean reveals. A curved
standing seam roof tops off the building and gives the building much of
its signature look.
On the interior, a mixture of color and materials create a warm and
integrated feel. Otherwise long hallways are broken up by linear wood
soffits at classroom entries. Subtitle changes of wall plane enclosing
braced frames and lively colors give life and vibrancy. Lighting
compliments this approach. Steel stairs with a combination of
translucent plastic and wire mesh panels bold wood caps serve as a
strong feature. Wood caps at the stairs and wood sills mimics the curved
roof profiles. Custom aluminum J-molding around the windows and matching
roller blinds give a unique integrated appearance and durability.
Challenging areas included a covered roof deck adjacent to the art and
science classrooms. The concrete deck in this area was lowered and
sloped for positive drainage and concrete pavers on PVC pedestals were
installed to provide a walking surface. The deck was required to have 2
exit doors with special panic hardware and synchronous locks. Above the
deck, custom curved glu-lam beams were installed to look like a large
truss and huge split face masonry columns appear to hold it in place.
The independent canopy structure at the main entry has a similar
The design team greatly benefited interdisciplinary use of BIM. A
detailed architectural model from ArchiCAD formed the foundation for
team integration. It included Structural, Mechanical, and Fire Sprinkler
systems that were fully modeled and used for generation of construction
documents and were used for a integrated review of the complex and often
(Special thanks to McKinstry for hosting team meetings and reviewing
Building Envelope: Vulcraft/Verco, Hardie Panels - Roofing: Fabral, JM
TPO, American Hydrotech
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Interior: Georgia Pacific DensGlass Gold, Armstrong
Lighting: Corelite, Focal Point, Spectrum, Metalux, Architectural
Details, HK Lighting, Rebelle, Nulite
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp