Trillium Creek Primary School
Guided by a strong student voice, the child-centric design of Trillium Creek Primary School combines individual learning space opportunities with a collective transparency that connects students and teachers to the work of learning and teaching.
ClientWest Linn-Wilsonville School District
LocationWest Linn, OR
A school design driven by community and collaboration
The students of Trillium Creek Primary School engaged in a design charrette to collaborate and help develop a vision for their new school. As Lead Architect, IBI Group reflected the students’ desires through the design of the building, reminding us that wonder and curiosity play an integral role in today’s learning environment.
Trillium Creek Primary School embraces multiple elements of sustainable design and presents unique features that support student learning. The IBI Group design team for the award-winning school was inspired by one student during the design charrette who announced “I want to be the captain of my own learning”. That notion was used as a basis to identify features and design techniques that emphasize that the facility is student-centered.
Classroom porches, the library and wellness commons are designed with mobile furniture to give teachers and students the flexible space to extend lessons into larger gathering spaces. Collaborative learning neighborhoods emerge from these open and flexible porches, supporting partnerships and a sense of community between students and teachers.
Splashes of bright colors throughout the school stem from students voicing desires to have vibrant learning spaces. Similarly, the slide that connects students from the second to first floor balances the students’ desire to have alternative and stimulating components of the building, with opportunities to build skills around collaboration, mindfulness and respectful use of space.
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By Council of Education Facilities Planners International
By Council of Educational Facilities Planners International Pacific Northwest Region
By National School Board Association Exhibition of School Architecture
American Association of School Administrators/Shirley Cooper Award
By American Institute of Architecture Committee on Architecture in Education
Elementary School Citation
By American School & University Architectural Portfolio Awards
National Project of Distinction
By Council of Educational Facility Planners International
Grand Prize Award
By Learning by Design
Best K-12 Project
By Engineering News-Record
Associate Director, Sub-Sector Lead
Rachel DeWitt is IBI Learning+ lead. Rachel began this passion as a part of our education team in Houston, joined our team in Portland for 2016, and now currently is based out of our Denver office. She has an M.Ed from Texas A&M University, and is particularly interested in the impact space and place has on student cognition. As a former educator, Rachel has been a speaker at national and international conferences on various education topics. Rachel will be working with all of our senior leaders across the education practice to strategize how to move the education practice forward with particular focus on five key areas: business development, professional development, growth, innovation, and thought leadership.