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Henrietta Lacks
Health and Bioscience High School

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School

Location: Vancouver, WA

Completed:  April 2013

LSW and Evergreen Public School staff worked with community health partners at PeaceHealth, Legacy, Providence, Kaiser, Clark College, and WSU Vancouver to design the 69,000 sq. ft. high school adjacent to the PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Through curriculum focused on bioscience and healthcare, the goal of HeLa High is to prepare local students for high-demand, living wage jobs in the fastest growing industry in the United States.

The school program and building design was focused on providing students with hands-on experience, one such experience being a working nursing clinic.  Other learning opportunities are found in health informatics, bio-medical engineering, a pharmacy, bio-tech, advanced biology, and advanced chemistry.  The design facilitates after school use by health industry partners by sectioning the building in such a way as to allow partial use in the evenings.

Henrietta Lacks Health and Bioscience High School is Evergreen Public Schools’ first project to meet the Washington Sustainable Schools Protocol (WSSP).  Sunshades on the south side of the building are constructed with photovoltaic panels, and the interior electric lighting fluctuates in response to the amount of natural light present.  Construction waste was recycled, and the materials used for building and finishing the school are locally-sourced and contain recycled content.  Radiant in slab heating, high efficiency fixtures, and bioswales that filter storm water all contribute to lower energy use.