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.

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Orting School District

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Orting, WA

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Sustainable Design

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Completed 2008

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Grades 6-8

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New Construction

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83,650 SF

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$20,800,000

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