Benjamin Franklin Elementary


Benjamin Franklin Elementary, Kirkland, WA

Located in a northwest suburb of Seattle, Washington, Benjamin Franklin Elementary School is a public elementary school for students in Kindergarten - 6th grade. This new school was constructed in 2005 to replace a 1950's structure that once sat in front of the current building.

Building Statistics

School name
Benjamin Franklin Elementary School

Lake Washington School District

Kirkland, WA

Grade levels
Grades K - 6

Number of students
500 students

Building size
56,800 square feet

Previously on this site
The new school was constructed in the open space directly behind the original 1950's building. When the new building was finished, the old school was demolished.

Mahlum Architects. Seattle, WA

Timeline / Project schedule
building completed August 2005


Mahlum Architects, the Seattle architecture firm that designed Benjamin Franklin Elementary, specializes in designing educational buildings. As architect Anne Schopf explains, "this was meant to be a building that relates to its neighborhood, to the nearby forest, and to the surrounding natural environment in the Pacific northwest."

The new school includes three clusters of classrooms - one for kindergarten and grades 1 and 2; another for grades 3 and 4; and a third for grades 5 and 6. These classroom clusters create two courtyards surrounded by hallways lined with glass.

BF Model   BF Floor Plan    BF 1   BF 2   BF 3   BF 4   BF 5


Define the Problem

Collect Information

Brainstorm Ideas

Develop Solutions


Final Design

Build It

Meet the Architects

The firm of Mahlum Architects began in Seattle in 1938, with architects Edward Mahlum, AIA and Paul Hayden Kirk, FAIA joining forces in the early years of the firm.

Today Mahlum is led by Design Partner Anne Schopf, FAIA; Managing Partner Gerald Reifert, FAIA; and Operations Partner Diane Shiner, AIA.The firm has won over 65 professional awards in 2011.

Typical projects for the firm include: healthcare facilities, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, civic buildings, and commercial buildings.

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