With the need for a swing school that could temporarily house three district schools undergoing reconstruction on a rotating basis, Beaverton School District hired Mahlum to design the new middle school in the Cedar Mill area. Mahlum completed design and documentation in just 9 months and supported the construction in 14 months.
The design team integrated flexibility into every aspect of the facility to accommodate the short-term requirements of K-12 range of students that will call the building home. By working directly with District-level professionals who oversee middle school curriculum and facilities standards, Mahlum created a learning environment that will serve the future needs of middle-school students, faculty, staff, parents, and the community. And as of 2021, Tumwater is now a dedicated school for the middle school learner.
In addition, the new facility is 62.8% more efficient than a building of similar size, meeting the minimum requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1 – 2007. Many features were incorporated to support the Oregon Resiliency Plan (ORP) as well.
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Learn more about Tumwater Middle School’s values and culture in this thoughtful video produced by the Beaverton School District.