Wilkes Elementary School


Wilkes Elementary School provides 63,000 square feet of multiple classroom wings which are separated by outdoor courtyards that flow downhill to the playground and ball field. In order to allow the geographical interaction between learning and play spaces, the classroom wings are linked together by steel-framed pedestrian bridges. The roof structure is exposed to view throughout the school to showcase wood decking and glulam beams which frame into steel wide-flange girders. PCS Structural Solutions created an “inverted” lateral collector system to allow for floor-to-roof curtain wall that provides indirect natural day lighting. Rather than collecting roof lateral loads to beams below the decking, they are collected to steel plates that sit on top of the decking.

In 2014, Wilkes Elementary was named a CEFPI Maconnell Award finalist, which identifies top K-12 projects around the globe. It also was recognized with the Polished Apple (highest honor) and People's Choice awards at the Washington State CEFPI conference in the spring of 2015.