St Edwards Environmental Education and Research Center

Environmental Education and Research

A place for community engagement with hands-on environmental education.

Located on the eastern shore of Lake Washington, St Edwards State Park is a former Seminary that was bought by Washington State in 1976. The 316 acre park features 3000 ft of freshwater shoreline, second growth forests, streams and wetlands.

This project is an adaptive reuse of an existing gym locker/shower facility as a new hands-on classroom utilized by Washington State Parks, University of Washington Bothell, local schools and the wider community to engage in innovative environmental education and research. The research center will serve as a place for community group meetings, a starting point for field trips into the park, a classroom for field study, research courses and community science projects as well as a staging area for restoration and ecological network projects.

SKL led a series of engagement meetings that included Washington State Parks representatives, education professionals and a city council member to better understand how this facility could serve the community.

The project team leads the efforts for International Living Future Institute’s Core certification while prioritizing design with a very low budget. Sustainable design strategies include a solar panel array, rain water collection, natural ventilation, and ultra efficient lighting, water fixtures and exterior envelope.

Location   Kenmore, Washington
Status   In Progress