Emerson Elementary School

Seattle, Washington
Client: DLR-John Graham Associates Architects
Dates of Service:1998-99Project Summary: This turn-of-the-century historic school building was about to undergo a major remodel and expansion.  As a registered historic landmark, the preservation of its exterior appearance was a critical element of the project.The building’s structure reflected the era of its conception and consisted of multi-wythe load-bearing brick walls supporting wood-framed floors and roofs. Through a combination of improper materials and detailing, locally poor geometries, seismic activity, and time’s ravages, the building had begun displaying numerous signs of degradation.

PL: BECS Services: PL: BECS was retained to evaluate the building’s exterior elements and provide corrective recommendations.

Primary envelope elements in the study included the structural brick walls and brick cladding, terra-cotta cornices, parapets, and similar details, sloped and flat roofs and associated flashings, wood-framed windows, and un-reinforced concrete walls.

The PL: BECS analysis revealed a variety of problems, including seismic damage, inadequate density as well as corrosion of veneer ties, corrosion of window lintels, disintegration of improper brick types, cracking and degradation of terra-cotta elements, window decay, ill-conceived roof detailing, inadequate roof drainage, roof degradation, and similar problems.

The PL: BECS report provided highly detailed recommendations for addressing all of these flaws to restore the stability and long-term integrity of the building’s exterior envelope elements.

Educational Philosophy and Approach

Emerson Elementary School has a more comprehensive view of student development than just focusing on academic achievement. The school fosters a welcoming and inclusive community where all students are valued for their unique perspectives and strengths.

The dedicated staff focuses on modern teaching methods, customized lessons, and each student’s needs to ensure their academic success.

Emerson Elementary School

State-of-the-Art Facilities

Emerson Elementary School has state-of-the-art facilities to ensure that its students enjoy the best possible education. The spacious and well-furnished classrooms provide a conducive learning environment for the students.

The school library provides a variety of reading materials, digital resources, and educational tools to inspire students to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. In addition, both the science and computer laboratories provide students with hands-on experiences that encourage curiosity and experimentation.

Extra-curricular Activities and Enrichment Programs

Recognizing the importance of all-around education, Emerson Elementary School offers a variety of extra-curricular activities and enrichment programs to its students. Students have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities that meet their interests and help them grow as individuals outside of the classroom.

These events promote the all-around development of each and every student by giving them an opportunity to work together, think creatively, take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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