Seattle Public Schools


School Design Advisory Team

Viewlands Elementary SDAT

Seattle Public Schools created the School Design Advisory Team (SDAT) process to allow each school community to have input into renovation of or construction of their school building. This process provides a means of integrating a school’s vision and educational goals into the design within the structure of the district Educational Specifications (Ed Specs). The result is refinement of the Ed Specs to create school designs that support each school’s educational goals.

The SDAT is composed of members of the school and community who help guide the design process by advising how the building design can align with the culture and educational needs of Viewlands Elementary School. This group works closely with the district’s project manager, and the architects for the project. They will participate in a series of workshops and tours.

SDATs identify the vision, philosophy, and objectives of the school and community, and provide a consistent and diverse voice for user groups in the pre-planning phase of project design. Information gathered in this process along with Technical Support Group Review information help create the site-specific educational specification that will inform the architectural design team.

These goals were developed by the Viewlands SDAT.

  1. Viewlands will be infused with nature, outdoor learning, and natural light. Viewlands welcomes ALL!
  2. The design will be accessible to students, staff, community, and culture.
  3. Viewlands will have collaborative, flexible spaces throughout (that are not vanilla).
  4. Viewlands has a big heart: a large, welcoming space for celebrations with a soft feel. (4 1/2.) Viewlands has many gathering spaces that foster relationships with community partners.
  5. We are connected to the history of place.
  6. Our Building Hugs the Children!

SDAT Minutes