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Trillium Creek Primary earns design award


Lowrie Primary also honored by extension

West Linn-Wilsonville School Board members took a break from more serious budget and legislative discussions on Monday’s meeting to celebrate the announcement of a National School Board Association grand prize in architectural design awarded to Trillium Creek Primary School, and by extension, Lowrie Primary School.

The schools boast identical designs, but only one could be entered for the exhibition. Because Trillium Creek was completed first, it was chosen for entry — but it was made clear on Monday that the honor was shared by both schools. by: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Karina Ruiz,associate principal architect with Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects Inc., stands next to the rainwater collection tank at Trillium Creek Primary School, which recently won a design award.

The buildings, which opened last September, boast an array of environmentally conscious features — including a wind turbine and a rooftop garden — but what most impressed the NSBA jury was their ability to engage students.

“Truly a design that would engage and excite children, this building creates cohesive classroom neighborhoods organized around an open media center in the heart of the school,” the jury wrote in its statement. “The richness of the plan is further enhanced by the creativity shown in developing the interior and exterior of the building with child-inspired level transitions, spaces and accent colors.”

On hand to speak about the award Monday were Director of Operations Tim Woodley and the associate principal architect with Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects Inc., Karina Ruiz.

“These two schools together are both unique and certainly the result of a lot of hard work,” Woodley said. “We start with the student and work from there, and that’s how these came to be.”

Added Ruiz, “It really took a lot of vision on behalf of the community and the board leadership to trust in that student voice and look beyond what some will see as the frivolity of a slide in the library or a cubby where you can go from one level to another, and truly understand the education value and joy and whimsy and inquiry that those things bring to that school.”

The school’s design will be featured at the 2013 NSBA Exhibition of School Architecture in San Diego on April 13 and 14.