Washington Elementary School in Sacramento

Washington Elementary School in Sacramento features a number of unique metal elements manufactured by Zahner using ImageWall for custom perforated metal. Working for Landmark Construction with the designers at HMC Architects, Zahner provided the screens with custom perforated imagery on stainless steel and pre-weathered steel. These screen elements were used to provide passive security and signage while expressing the school's creativity, science, and technology — marking a new shift towards practicing the STEAM curriculum (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics).

To establish this new shift in education, Sacramento City Unified School District partnered with city leaders and Principal Dr. Gema Godina-Martinez to envision the transformative shift and redesign of Washington Elementary School. The school pursued a STEAM academic program, becoming a magnet for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education.

HMC Architects was challenged to redesign classrooms and collaborative learning areas not only to support student-centered learning, but to also influence the culture of the school’s educational experience. The project had a tight schedule. This transformation needed to be completed in less than a year to meet the Fall 2016 grand re-opening.

North entrance for Washington Elementary School in Sacramento.
North entrance for Washington Elementary School in Sacramento.
North entrance with perforated images of "gears" which represent the STEAM program at Washington Elementary.
North entrance with perforated images of "gears" which represent the STEAM program at Washington Elementary.

When HMC Architects developed the gate design for Washington Elementary, one of the considerations dictating the design decisions was how to provide security for the elementary school students. The project team employed passive security design measures by developing an open-air security gate which would ensure student's safety while also promoting a playful STEAM atmosphere.

The architects came up with a creative security solution: the picture perforation pattern is more open at children's height, while densely perforated at adult heights of 4' to 6' — ensuring that young students have greater visibility while adults will have greater difficulty seeing into the open air school commons.

North screenwall at Washington Elementary.
North screenwall at Washington Elementary.
North screenwall with the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
North screenwall with the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
Detail of the logo screenwall for the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
Detail of the logo screenwall for the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
The contractor attached Zahner perforated panels to a galvanized steel structure.
The contractor attached Zahner perforated panels to a galvanized steel structure.
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South screenwall at Washington Elementary.
South screenwall at Washington Elementary.
Solanum Steel perforated metal imagery.
Solanum Steel perforated metal imagery.
Detail of perforated stainless with Angel Hair finish at Washington Elementary.
Detail of perforated stainless with Angel Hair finish at Washington Elementary.
North door
North door
Detail of the North entrance gate for Washington Elementary.
Detail of the North entrance gate for Washington Elementary.
North entrance with gear motif on the school's entrance.
North entrance with gear motif on the school's entrance.
North screenwall with logo for the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
North screenwall with logo for the Washington Elementary in Sacramento.
Detail of perforated stainless steel at Washington Elementary.
Detail of perforated stainless steel at Washington Elementary.
Original signage for the Washington School House.
Original signage for the Washington School House.
Perforated stainless steel doors at Washington Elementary.
Perforated stainless steel doors at Washington Elementary.
Detail of the perforated stainless steel door.
Detail of the perforated stainless steel door.