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The Northwest School of Arts, Humanities and Environment, Seattle

The Northwest School of Arts, Humanities and Environment was built on a 9,650-square-foot site with zero lot lines on three sides in a dense downtown Seattle neighborhood.

The Northwest School of Arts, Humanities and Environment was built on a 9,650-square-foot site with zero lot lines on three sides in a dense downtown Seattle neighborhood. Mithun Inc. architects designed every space for multiple purposes in the two-story, 31,000-square-foot education facility. Core elements of the building-elevators, bathrooms, HVAC and stairs-were placed at the property line to create as many usable active spaces as possible. CHG Building Systems Inc. erected approximately 175 tons of structural steel, joists, decking and stairs on the learning facility.

Founded in 1980, the school houses a league-size gymnasium, two-tiered dining room, 175-seat black-box theater, 6,000-square-foot rooftop sports field with overhead netting and a sky lab outdoor science classroom. The independent college preparatory school serves 478 students, grades six through 12, and offers an international boarding program.

General contractor: Exxel Pacific, Bellingham, Wash. Architect: Mithun Inc., Seattle Structural engineer: KPFF, Portland, Ore. Project manager: Warren Co., Seattle Steel supplier: B & B Fabrication, Arlington, Wash. Steel erection: CHG Building Systems Inc., Renton, Wash. Steel fabricator: B&B Fabricators, Arlington, Wash., www.bandbfab.com