Barker Creek Community School
Rice Fergus Miller was chosen to repurpose an existing, vacant call-center building in east Bremerton into its new Community School. The school provides options for students who thrive in a non-traditional classroom setting. To support various learning styles, the design incorporates movable partitions between spaces to allow rooms to flex for various uses. In support of sustainable design, the carpet was made from recycled fishing nets.
The nearly 30,000 SF of education space brings together programs currently scattered in 6 portables over 3 different locations. Some of the programs include: Parent Partnership which provides K-12 support to home-based instruction and, the Online Academy, where students enroll in independent study online courses and meet weekly with a BCCS teacher to evaluate progress. The new facility also serves as an alternative high school and touch-base for Off-campus Schooling programs, Career Counseling, and Individual Study Tracks.