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Chief Kitsap Academy Commons

Education Facility

Suquamish Tribe Chief Kitsap Academy serves approximately 90 students in grades 6th 12th. After relocating to the former Northwest College of Art and Design campus in 2017, the school needed a larger space in which to gather their student body and staff.


Dubbed Chief Kitsap Academy Commons, this modest 3,500 square foot building offers a multi-purpose room with large glass openings, telescoping bleachers, an office, restrooms and storage. The exterior integrates graciously with the rest of the campus and incorporates various options for deep overhangs and amphitheater seating to support a wide variety of different gathering types. The school finally has an event space that can house their entire student body and staff in a single location.


The project took an integrated approach and teamed ARC Architects with Korsmo Construction, which allowed the team to understand cost implications of myriad design decisions and keep construction costs under control. This approach led to some strategic value engineering decisions such as limiting wall plate height to available common lumber sizes, limiting openings to increase building thermal efficiency, and spacing structural elements to minimize costs. Total construction cost $2,435,000. 

Owner:  Suquamish Tribe

Architect:  ARC Architects

Project Architect:  Ryan Boone

General Contractor:  Korsmo Construction

Structural Engineering:  PCS Structural Solutions

Electrical Engineering:  TFWB 

Date Completed:  2023

Location:  Suquamish, WA

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