Vashon Island High School is a product of its place and people and we’d like to invite you to walk its halls with us!

Located on a small island in Puget Sound, its community has an enduring sense of their unique culture, with its natural beauty, geographic isolation, and artistic vitality. The design team preserved this sense of connection by imparting a porosity to the building, which defines how the building supports spatial connections, how students move in and out of the building, and ultimately how the students themselves become the life force of the building and site. The result is an overlapping fabric of inner and outer spaces animated by light, transparency, and movement.

Learning at the high school occurs anywhere – and everywhere – with a wide variety of learning spaces distributed throughout the entire school and campus. Shared areas are adjacent to teaching spaces, a Learning Commons extends the Library into the life of the student body, and a small-group presentation room is perched within the Learning Commons. A central courtyard provides sheltered outdoor learning areas, and found spaces throughout the building are used for individual and small-group work. Together, this collection of student-centered spaces projects the optimism of the island community towards its students by honoring them with features that facilitate learning.

This tour is part of the A4LE School Tours and Chapter Dinner meetings; we look forward to co-presenting this tour with Vashon Island School District.


Vashon Island High School
9600 SW 204th Street, Vashon Island, WA 98070

Two Options (carpooling is strongly encouraged, ferry travel is involved):

  • 3:45 PM TOUR: Catch the 3:00 PM ferry from Fauntleroy, dock at 3:20, and arrive at the site around 3:35 PM
  • 4:15 PM TOUR: Catch the 3:40 PM ferry from Pt Defiance, dock at 3:55, and arrive at the site around 4:10 PM

Networking and Cocktails: 5:15 – 6:15 PM
Dinner: 6:15 PM

Froggsong Gardens
23416 115th Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070

Presentation: 6:45 – 7:45 PM

“The Advantages and Disadvantages of the GC/CM Project Delivery Method – A Panel Discussion”

Please join us for an informative conversation addressing the advantages and disadvantages of the General Contractor/Construction Manager project delivery method. Topics of discussion will include the procurement process, the importance of team continuity, cost/budget management issues, agency certification, along with many others.

Panel Members:
Ed Peters, Capital Projects Director, Edmonds School District
Michael Soltman, Superintendent, Vashon Island School District
Brian Carter, Integrus Architecture
Greg Brown, Program Manager, OAC Services (previous Capital Projects Director with Spokane Public Schools)
Michael McGavock, McGranahan Architects (Moderator)


Click here to register online.

Members $50.00
Non-Members $55.00
Members AFTER Sept. 19 $55.00
Non-Members AFTER Sept. 19 $60.00
School Districts $30.00

School District Employees
School District employees’ first dinner is free! Spread the word and introduce a new School District employee to the Association, encourage them to sign up online for a free first dinner.

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