Orting Middle School

Orting Middle School is located at the base of the foothills of Mt. Rainier. With the mountain as such a prominent feature in the landscape, it became a signature element in the design. The radiating floor plan is inspired by the shape formed from the confluence of river systems that drain from Mt. Rainier’s primary glaciers: Carbon, Puyallup, Tahoma, Nisqually and Cowlitz. Each wing is designed to maximize exposure to daylight and fresh air. 

Between the classroom wings are two courtyards that contain rain gardens and a storm pond. All of the science classrooms have views of these courtyards to take advantage of site-specific learning opportunities. Large windows were added in the commons, library, administration area, and art room to take advantage of the mountain view.

Orting School District

ORTING, WA

Sustainable Design

COMPLETED 2008

Grades 6-8

Capacity: 825

New Construction

Number of Floors: 1

83,650 SF

20.8 M