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  St. Louise Parish School & Faith Formation CenterSt. Louise Parish School & Faith Formation Center


Broderick Architects
55 South Atlantic Street, #301, Seattle, WA 98134

General Description

Location: Bellevue, Washington
Date Bid: Mar 2009 Construction Period: May 2009 to June 2010
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”; total, 38’.
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.

Project Team

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 98035
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 The parish K-8 school was growing out of its outdated 50's era buildings and was in need of new home.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 vocabulary.

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 overlapping systems.

(Special thanks to McKinstry for hosting team meetings and reviewing collision detection.)

Product Information
Building Envelope: Vulcraft/Verco, Hardie Panels - Roofing: Fabral, JM TPO, American Hydrotech
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Interior: Georgia Pacific DensGlass Gold, Armstrong
Flooring: Marmoleum
Lighting: Corelite, Focal Point, Spectrum, Metalux, Architectural Details, HK Lighting, Rebelle, Nulite
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp


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