Federal Way School District’s new 232,000-square foot flagship will give 1,600 students, grades 9 – 12, a place to explore, discover, and develop their skills for success in higher education and the larger world.
Anchoring a landmark intersection in the heart of Federal Way, the project is designed for growth as an evolving campus that directly engages its diverse and increasingly urban community.
As a public high school, the primary focus for Federal Way emphatically is the student experience; it’s all about the kids. SRG and the client are working closely to drive creative thinking and solutions that will transform the student experience. The unifying theme for the project is, “We can’t know the future, but we can prepare for it by allowing for change.” Rather than a collection of unique and specialized spaces, the first priority is to make great spaces with universal appeal suitable for many uses. The environment can be modified by each user, allowing a sense of ownership and encouraging experimentation so that learning happens everywhere. In-between spaces, utilizing the concept of “third place” – a place that is neither home nor school/work - also offer informal opportunities in which to learn and connect, including a variety of outdoor areas for groups or individuals.