Single facility on Washington State University Vancouver campus will serve sixth through 12th grades
Since 2012, iTech Preparatory has operated in two locations. Students in sixth through eighth grades attend school in the Bagley Downs area of Vancouver. High schoolers learn in the Clark College building on the Washington State University Vancouver campus, approximately 10 miles north. But in just a few years, the entire school will be united in one location, thanks to a bond measure that voters approved in February 2017.
The new building, also located on the WSUV campus, has reached the end of the design process. It addresses the elements requested by students, staff, families and community partners in 2015. Features of the three-story design include:
- The first floor includes a large gathering/presentation space located near a media center.
- Every floor has collaboration spaces for project-based learning.
- Conference rooms
- Dedicated classrooms, laboratories and cafe
- Tech-focused spaces for robotics, technology and manufacturing classes
- Science labs
- Physics lab
- Art room
- Fitness area on second floor with an indoor soccer turf
- Biometric/gym area overlooking fitness area
- Secure entry
- Outdoor covered activity area
- Metal and masonry exterior that complements existing WSUV structures while giving iTech a unique visual identity on campus
- Water quality area provided to the south of the building to be used as an outdoor environmental learning lab.
- Abundant natural light and views of the surrounding area
- Exposed structural steel against exposed cross-laminated timber panels create a warm feeling in the interior, further enhancing the visual connection from outdoors to indoors
- The new building will accommodate approximately 700 students.
- Buses will access the school via NE 50th Avenue.
- Parents will be able to drop off and pick up students either in front or behind the building.
- Free onsite parking will be provided for students, staff members and visitors.
- School hours will be 9:35 a.m. to 4:05 p.m.
- The campus will not include formal athletic fields, a stadium or stadium lights. A future project may look at shared fields for intramural sports.
- Students who take college classes at WSUV will be able to access the main campus on foot from iTech.
- The building will provide community meeting and activity spaces during non-school hours.
- Open green space surrounding the school will be available for community use.
The new school will be located on 5 acres of land at NE 50th Avenue and NE 159th Street, northeast of the main WSUV campus.
Construction is slated to begin late summer 2018, with the school anticipated to open in winter 2019.
Note: While the design plans are final, not every single element depicted in this video is confirmed.