River Ridge Elementary School


This new elementary school in Kent School District steps gently down its sloping site and orients its views toward Mount Rainier and the Kent Valley. The 91,660 SF, $38.8 million school serves up to 700 PK-5 students, and is heated with a geothermal exchange system using vertical bores drilled 300 feet deep into the ground. The two-story building is split into five sections, utilizing seismic joints at three locations to meet building performance standards in a seismic event.

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