Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Rainier Valley Teen Center / Weinstein A|U

© Chester Weir

This new 40,000 sqf state-of-the-art facility, located along Seattle’s light rail line, anchors Seattle Housing Authority’s (SHA) Rainier Vista housing redevelopment and has become a vital neighborhood community center. In collaboration with SHA the site plan was designed to maximize the neighborhood pedestrian connections and public amenities, including lighted paths, a new public play area and play field, and pedestrian plazas.

Architects: Weinstein A|U
Location: Seattle, Washington,
Design Principal-in-Charge: Ed Weinstein, FAIA
Project Architect/Manager: Jeff Boone, AIA, LEED AP
Principal-in-Charge of Quality Control: Milton Won, AIA
Design Staff: Chester Weir, AIA and Rosa Folla
General Contractor: Sellen Construction Company
Structural: KPFF
Landscape and Civil: SvR Design Company
MEPFP: WSP Flack + Kurtz
Sustainability: O’Brien & Company
Daylight Analysis: Integrated Design Lab
Specifications: Lottie Eskilsson
Cost Estimating: Davis Langdon
Owner: Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
Project Area: 158,914 sqf (site), 40,265 sqf (building)
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Michael Burns, Chester Weir

© Michael Burns

While cost-effective and durable, the design endeavors to “make the most with the least,” transcending industrial construction systems into an engaging, light-filled facility for children and teens. In an effort to resonate with kids, a straightforward expression of materials and methods of construction was embraced. The program includes game rooms, an Internet café, technology labs, a music studio, classrooms, and a double gymnasium and multipurpose room that can be opened up to create larger, shared spaces for community functions.

site plan

Daylight is an essential material of the project, and the design creates dynamic opportunities for interaction and supervision between uses through inventive transparencies.  A 2010 AIA Seattle Commendation Award winning project, it also incorporates numerous sustainable practices within the design earning a LEED Silver certification.

© Michael Burns

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Cite: "Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club and Rainier Valley Teen Center / Weinstein A|U" 26 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=115493>
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