Swift Water Elementary School

Gig Harbor, WA


K-12 Schools


Civil Engineering

Community Planning

Landscape Architecture

Structural Engineering


Storm Drainage

Site Access

Tree Preservation

Plaza Design

Learning Areas



Natural Turf Fields

Cast-in-place concrete retaining walls

Landscape seat walls

Land Use and Environmental Review

New School in Gig Harbor with easy access to community's YMCA

Constructed on a previously wooded site adjacent to a large wetland, tree retention plans were important to retain a natural vegetated buffer and to preserve the function of the nearby wetland. The new 74,000 SF two-story Swift Water Elementary School now consists of 34 classrooms, a separate bus drop-off area, staff and visitor parking areas, and parent drop-off areas. Design of plazas and learning areas adjacent to the building include grass play areas, softscape play areas, and a paved play area with a covered play shed.

For this $38M project, AHBL provided civil and structural engineering, land use planning, and landscape architecture services. Involved in each major design phase, the AHBL team was integral to this fast-track project. The AHBL team effort includes stakeholder engagement, value engineering study, site access, land use and environmental reviews, development of storm drainage and surfacing plans, final plans, specifications, and estimates; exterior element design for cast-in-place concrete retaining walls, a secure wetland perimeter, recreation and field design including a sand-based playfield with underdrain, and site wide planting and irrigation.