Chief Leschi School, Puyallup Tribe of Indians

2005

Chief Leschi School consists of a new 200,000 SF K-12 school for 1,077 students including academic, natatorium and auditorium facilities.  The circular site layout is sacred to the tribes.  Building shapes, orientation of structures relative to Mt. Rainier and other natural features, material selections and color schemes all reflect the site’s importance. The primary structural system is steel brace frame construction with masonry walls at the gymnasium and performing arts center. The building is constructed on 8 feet of structural fill with grade beam foundations and structural concrete slab on grade to minimize the potential effects of liquefaction in the event of a major earthquake. Exposed three dimensional wood trusses march through the entry and offer a modern take on the form of the traditional longhouse.