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Project File: Doubling up

Two schools in the Forest Grove School District, Ore., were built simultaneously using the same design team and the same materials applied in different ways.

The $6.3 million, 52,000-square-foot, K-4 Fern Hill Elementary School features an ā€œLā€ configuration and was built for 350 students. The classroom wing and main entry face the street, visitors' parking and parent dropoff. The other side of the ā€œLā€ includes the gymnasium, commons and kitchen. The gymnasium has a slightly curved roof, and a combination of metal and concrete masonry siding.

The $9 million, 72,000-square-foot Tom McCall West Elementary School was built for 600 students in grades 5 and 6, and also features metal cladding and concrete masonry siding. Light wells in the second-floor corridor allow natural daylight from three large skylights to flood both levels of the two-story building.

The school includes 20 classrooms, a computer lab, four special learning classrooms, two music rooms, a gymnasium, commons and kitchen.

The architect for this project is Mahlum Architects (Seattle).

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