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Northwood Mercer Island/SAGE Complex

Longtime customer of Pacific Mobile Structures, Mercer Island School District, needed a space for their life skills program serving young adults ages 18-22 years old. The school district has always ordered standard modular classrooms as needs arose, but they’d always had their eye on a SAGE Classroom. When this project came about, they seized the opportunity to order their first one.  

The 4624-square-foot building is perched on the southeast corner of the district’s campus. It is designed to look just like the main Northwood Elementary building it sits perpendicular to with a shed-style roof and an overall modern look and aesthetic that blends in seamlessly with the rest of campus. It was important to the district that this building didn’t stand out.  

The building was craned in and had to be set on an all-weather wood poly wall above grade foundation to be careful not to interfere with the in-ground plumbing on the site. An ultra-durable aluminum ramp from Welcome Ramp Systems was placed all around the building, leading down to into the parking lot for safe and easy access. 

Once inside, the building is divided into two sections with a classroom on one side, and a life skills center on the other. In the classroom portion of the building, the interior features standard SAGE Classroom components including vaulted ceilings, fans, textured paint with cork accents, and pendant LED lighting. 32 feet of whiteboards with marker trays, 26 feet of cabinetry, cubbies, and coat hooks complete each classroom in addition to sinks and countertops.  

In the life skills portion of the building, aside from the bathrooms, the interior features a 6-inch drop T-grid ceiling with fans to increase air circulation. There are bedrooms, a meeting room, a kitchen and dining area, a work room, and washer dryer. This where students put into practice the many necessary life skills required to live on one’s own.  

The bathrooms feature a Hoyer Lift in the shower area with a ceiling track capable of carrying over 400 pounds to transport physically disabled persons between the shower and the toilet.

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