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BLRB Architects' staff volunteer to restore aging historic school building near Leavenworth
BLRB Architects, the Northwest’s leader in educational architecture, continues its rich tradition of civic participation and spirit of volunteerism as 13 members of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and their family members donated a summer day to help children and families in the community of Plain, Washington.
A rural town located approximately 15 miles north of Leavenworth, Plain’s historic one-room schoolhouse was in need of some TLC. The Winton School had aged over the years and was showing visible sings of wear-and-tear. Picking up paintbrushes, cleaning supplies and shears, the BLRB team tackled the building’s worn and peeling paint, dusty windows and overgrown landscaping.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help the people of Plain,” said Lee Fenton, senior principal of BLRB Architects. “The Winton School is an important gathering place for the community, and it brings us great satisfaction knowing the work we’re doing will allow the building to keep positively serving the families in the area.”
The Winton School is currently being used as a community center and after-school club for youth. The historic structure was replaced by the Beaver Valley Elementary School; a new, two-classroom schoolhouse that is larger and better serves the town’s student body by providing additional learning space.
BLRB Architects is currently assisting the Cascade School District with its 2011 Facility Bond Measure aimed to update and improve district schools and facilities. Collaborating with a 20-member Citizen’s Advisory Committee, comprised of parents, teachers, district staff and community members, BLRB is leading the planning process for the bond measure, which will go before voters in February 2011.
BLRB Architects’ Leadership Team includes: Tom Bates, FAIA, CSI, LEED® AP, Managing Principal; Lee Fenton, AIA, LEED® AP, Senior Principal; John Wegener, AIA, LEED® AP, Senior Principal; Paul Rising , AIA, LEED® AP, Principal; Dennis Kabba, AIA, LEED® AP, CSI, Principal; Kit Burns, AIA, CSI, LEED® AP, Associate Principal; Dave Pool, AIA, LEED® AP, Associate Principal; Ron Harpel, AIA, LEED® AP, Associate Principal; Doug DuCharme, AIA, LEED® AP, Senior Associate; Bob Lindstrom, AIA, LEED® AP, Senior Associate; Mike Gorman, LEED® AP, Senior Associate; Jim Landin, Senior Associate; and Kay Munson, Business Manager and Senior Associate.