“Bring the Old into the New” was the concept for the Bellevue School District and NAC Architecture for the renovation of Bellevue High School. Both parties were focused on maintaining cultural traditions and the look and feel that Bellevue High School displayed for generations, but modernize it into a 21st Century design.
Legacy was important. The redesign made sure to include student memorials and an iconic sculpture that was displayed on the old campus. Additionally, with legacy in mind, NAC designed the new school to incorporate the classic red brick used on the previous school by choosing Inca from Mutual Materials.
Linear brick walls constructed by Fairweather Masonry were a repeated aesthetic throughout the entire school on both the interior and exterior walls. The hallways display brick columns and veneers juxtaposed to colorful fiber cement board panels at the academic wings that cantilevered over the hillside and were supported by brick exit stairwells.
“Mutual Materials was instrumental in providing a great color match and timely delivery of the product as well as resolving complex details where masonry was suspended overhead in the commons. They were a great team player.”
– Guy Overman, Design Principal, NAC Architecture
The finished project resulted in a 2014 Civic Design Citation from American Institutes of Architects, Washington Council and a 2014 Bronze Award for Excellence in Masonry Design K12 from the Masonry Institute of Washington. To learn more about how Mutual Materials brick can help meet your design needs from a functional and aesthetic standpoint, please contact a Mutual Materials sales rep.