Lacamas Lake Elementary School

Creeks, meadows, wooded areas and wetlands surround Lacamas Lake Elementary School, now under construction on a 40-acre site with views…

Creeks, meadows, wooded areas and wetlands surround Lacamas Lake Elementary School, now under construction on a 40-acre site with views of Mount Hood.

The 73,000-square-foot, two-story, steel-framed structure will accommodate residential growth in the area as it serves 600 students in kindergarten through fifth grades. The core of the school includes a gymnasium, cafeteria, kitchen, library, commons and music room.  Classroom wings branch off on each side of the core. A lobby and various administrative offices welcome visitors at the main entrance.

Nature plays a large role in the school’s design, connecting the indoor space with many provisions for outside classroom activities. The school will feature Douglas fir window frames, maple casework and nooks for children to sit in and read.  Boulders and trees repurposed from the site will be part of the playground, along with a slide built into the landscape.

The new school will replace Lacamas Heights Elementary School, which was built more than 50 years ago. It will open in the fall of 2018.

George Fox Student Activity Center

A more extensive space in which George Fox University students can interact through athletic, leadership and club activities is under…

A more extensive space in which George Fox University students can interact through athletic, leadership and club activities is under construction.

The 52,000-square-foot Student Activity Center will consist of two stories of wood and tilt-up concrete construction. The center will include three basketball/volleyball courts, an indoor running track, rock climbing wall, two movement studios, student lounge and a fitness center overlooking Hess Creek Canyon. About 5,400 square feet is reserved for office space for student government and clubs.

The center, expected to open in the fall of 2018, is on the east side of campus.

Clark Memorial Library

The project goal was to transform an outdated facility to one that accommodated the predominant use of digital media, fostered…

The project goal was to transform an outdated facility to one that accommodated the predominant use of digital media, fostered individual and group study in a variety of settings, added classroom space, reorganized the storage of the physical collection and introduced controlled natural lighting.

The existing three story Clark library was built in two phases: a steel framed structure dating from 1957 and a concrete framed addition built twenty years later. By 2010, not only was the organization of the existing building ill-suited to the desired use, the building required a substantial upgrade of its infrastructure. In the renovation project only a new exterior stair was added; the remainder of the building was completely gutted and remodeled. A roof replacement, new electrical service, new energy efficient chilled beam HVAC systems were introduced, the structural system of the building was substantially upgraded and new fire alarm and sprinkler systems were added.

Excelsior High School

A two-story glass curtain wall topped with a wood-accented awning creates a striking exterior for the Excelsior Programs at Washougal…

A two-story glass curtain wall topped with a wood-accented awning creates a striking exterior for the Excelsior Programs at Washougal High School. Sitting atop a hill, the new 11,300-square-foot building provides additional learning and meeting space for the district.

Light and heat streaming in the south-facing curtain wall and other large windows are detected by sensors that automatically adjust the lighting and temperature in the building. The building’s largest room is a commons area with exposed laminated wooden beams and tongue-and-groove wooden decking lining the tall ceiling.

Off the commons is a café island. A glass barn door opens into the instructional kitchen outfitted with commercial appliances.

The building, designed for 90 students in nontraditional learning programs, also includes a large science classroom, two general classrooms, small meeting spaces, and a covered outdoor classroom space with a greenhouse.  A mezzanine houses the HVAC system.

The close proximity of the building project next to Washougal High School afforded a learning opportunity for students. Todd Construction hosted art, woodworking and design classes to at the site to them about the construction process.

The new building with its technological advances, is a huge improvement over the aging doublewide trailers that housed the district’s programs for non-traditional learners for the previous 15 years.

Severe winter weather temporarily slowed progress on the building but crews hustled to make up for lost time and brought the building to its completion on schedule.

To meet the district’s budget, some components of the building were simplified while still meeting the school district’s expectations.

Jemtegaard Middle School & Columbia River Gorge Elementary

A hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge provides the setting for two new schools in the Washougal School District. The…

A hillside overlooking the Columbia River Gorge provides the setting for two new schools in the Washougal School District. The 122,000-square-foot building has a two-story wing for Jemtegaard Middle School and another for Columbia River Gorge Elementary School. In the schools’ shared core are a cafeteria, kitchen, interior courtyard, two gymnasiums and commons areas.

Extensive daylighting; energy-efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems; and secured entries are incorporated into the sustainably built schools. Structural steel and wood framing were utilized as well as concrete masonry block. Neutral colors, brick and stone adorn the low-profile building so it blends in with its natural surroundings and meets the restrictions of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

A track, sports fields and playground provide for outdoor activities and use by the community.

Howard Elementary School

The new Howard Elementary School is a technology immersion school and features an array of state of the art systems…

The new Howard Elementary School is a technology immersion school and features an array of state of the art systems for conservation, teaching and security.  Howard is an 88,000 sf 2-story building and was constructed directly behind the existing Howard Elementary School building.  The existing school was demolished and the area used for the new parking lot and baseball field.  The new building features an interesting combination of exterior finishes with sidings of metal, cedar, phenolic panel and CMU veneer.  The interior features polished concrete floors, glass classroom walls and reclaimed wood from the existing school demolition.

Building features:

  • 55 KW Solar collection system – The electricity generated is used offset the building power consumption and a portion of the unused solar power is returned to the public utility grid and metered for additional savings.
  • Daylight Harvesting – The building is equipped with large windows and 53 skylights to maximize natural light. The classrooms have light shelves and sun shades strategically placed at the windows to harness optimum natural light.  The building lighting is controlled by daylight sensing equipment designed to adjust the lighting levels depending on natural light available.
  • Water Reclamation – Water from the roof is collected and stored in 2 cisterns.  The water from one above ground cistern is used by students to irrigate the gardens on the south side of the building.  The second 15,000 gallon underground cistern supplies the buildings toilets.  This water is pumped into the building through a rainwater treatment system where it is filtered, chlorinated and pressurized.
  • Landscaping – The East and West courtyards feature “dry creek beds”.  Each creek bed receives water from the roof during a rain event but are also designed with reclaimed blue glass in the bottom to mimic water on a dry day.  Gardens are located on the South side of the building with composting areas.  The site storm water drainage system is designed with rain gardens to allow water to infiltrate into the soil before entering the City storm system.

George Fox University Brandt Hall

Todd is the design-build contractor on this new, three-story student housing building. The 39,000 sf wood framed building will provide…

Todd is the design-build contractor on this new, three-story student housing building. The 39,000 sf wood framed building will provide George Fox University with 149 additional beds.

Haggerty and Tyson Residence Halls

These 3 story apartment-style buildings total 110,000 square feet. Each unit contains a kitchen, bathroom, dining room and bedrooms. The…

These 3 story apartment-style buildings total 110,000 square feet. Each unit contains a kitchen, bathroom, dining room and bedrooms. The buildings are constructed of concrete at the ground floors and wood framed above the second floor deck. The successful completion of two previous projects for the University of Portland gave the University the confidence to negotiate this project with Todd.

Woodburn Elementary

This 85,000 SF K-6 school sits on a 13 acre site. The structure consists of structural steel with metal stud…

This 85,000 SF K-6 school sits on a 13 acre site. The structure consists of structural steel with metal stud framing. Four clerestory areas feature exposed glu lam beams and wood decking. Two classroom wings for grades 1-6 flank the library and a Kindergarten wing branches off the administration area.

Union High School

Union High School is comprised of five buildings totaling 235,000 square feet. The school is designed to house 1,600 students…

Union High School is comprised of five buildings totaling 235,000 square feet. The school is designed to house 1,600 students in four separate buildings called “learning communities.” These learning communities function as independent schools. The centralized gymnasia, commons, auditorium, and media center are shared by all students. Situated on a 58 acre site, this school also features 4 baseball fields, a soccer field, football field with running track, and 4 tennis courts.

Parkrose Middle School

Teamwork and pre-planning were of utmost importance on this project. The new 140,000 square foot replacement middle school was built…

Teamwork and pre-planning were of utmost importance on this project. The new 140,000 square foot replacement middle school was built on the same 16-acre site as the occupied and fully operational existing school.

The project achieved LEED Gold certification. Construction waste diversion was a challenge due to several factors, but the primary challenge was the inclusion of the demolition material of the existing building. Special care was taken to separate materials and where allowed, recycled concrete was used as structural fill to build up the site. Todd’s efforts resulted in over 95% of the waste being diverted from the landfill.

Covington Middle School

This new 114,000 square foot school was built to replace the existing middle school. Each grade is housed in its…

This new 114,000 square foot school was built to replace the existing middle school. Each grade is housed in its own two-story wing that functions essentially as a separate school. A large commons features an amphitheater with collapsible bleachers, performance stage, and advanced light and sound systems. Creative phasing enabled occupancy during construction of the new building.

Camas High School

Camas High School is a 215,000 SF facility built to accommodate 1,400 students, with core facilities designed to allow future…

Camas High School is a 215,000 SF facility built to accommodate 1,400 students, with core facilities designed to allow future growth of up to 1,600 students. The school is located on a 52-acre site is centered around a central commons space. Academic, athletic and arts wings surround the commons, which is also accessible directly from the exterior of the building. A 300 seat performing arts center is expandable to 600 seats.

Tillamook Bay Community College

This 42,000 square foot facility houses both classroom and administrative space within its two story concrete tilt-up exterior wall construction.…

This 42,000 square foot facility houses both classroom and administrative space within its two story concrete tilt-up exterior wall construction.

The site is designed with two very large detention ponds that hold surface runoff from the roof, parking lot and subsurface drainage systems. The system allows the retained storm water to drain slowly into the surrounding municipal storm drainage system, helping to avoid any additional flooding.

Oregon Coast Community College

The Oregon Coast Community College Central Campus is a 77,000 square foot wood frame, 2-story, slab on metal deck classroom…

The Oregon Coast Community College Central Campus is a 77,000 square foot wood frame, 2-story, slab on metal deck classroom and administration building. Situated on 25 acres on the south side of Newport, the building features classrooms, science labs, a book store and administrative space. This project achieved a LEED Silver certification.

Fields & Schoenfeldt Halls

This new 312 bed, 109,000 square foot student housing facility features as coast in place concrete basement and a four…

This new 312 bed, 109,000 square foot student housing facility features as coast in place concrete basement and a four story structural steel superstructure with brick veneer and storefront glazed exterior skin. The project included site work, utilities, landscaping and irrigation for the entire block. This project achieved a LEED Gold certification.

Clark College at Columbia Tech Center

The 70,000 square foot Columbia Tech Center houses 18 classrooms, eight science and computer labs, a 3,500 square foot multi-purpose…

The 70,000 square foot Columbia Tech Center houses 18 classrooms, eight science and computer labs, a 3,500 square foot multi-purpose area, offices for faculty and support staff and parking for 393 vehicles. This project achieved a LEED Gold certification.

Location:Vancouver, WA

Owner:Clark College

Architect:LSW Architects

Chiles Center Men’s Locker Room

Upgrades to the Chiles Center included 10,365 square feet of new and remodeled space. The renovations included modernizing and expanding…

Upgrades to the Chiles Center included 10,365 square feet of new and remodeled space. The renovations included modernizing and expanding the…