Hillside and Carter Lake Elementary Schools


A $60M project for the structural design of two elementary schools (Hillside and Carter Lake) was a fairly typical request for PCS with our resume of hundreds of K-12 projects around the Pacific Northwest–however, this project was unique. Owned by Clover Park School District, the location was on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and the schools required Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) design. Also, to achieve partial funding by the Department of Defense (DoD), the structural shells for both schools had be designed in under five months in order to have enough time to get proper permits, meet funding deadlines, and to get bid packages in to meet the schedule.


PCS brought together a unique long list of staff including multiple licensed structural engineers and BIM managers with expertise in K12. GCCM, early bid packages, Revit, accelerated schedules, and ATFP design to accomplish the owner’s goal—A Great Success Story. The two schools total over 135,000 square feet to accommodate over 1150 students. Renderings above show erection of a classroom wing alongside our 3D Revit model.