The renovation of the Seminar 1 Building at Evergreen State College reimagines a landmarked 70’s building into a modern learning space for the expanding Native Pathways Program. An updated outdoor terrace and new accessible pathway provides a visual and physical connection to the adjacent Native Arts Campus. The new terrace provides space for teaching with generous circular seating areas and a canopy that provides shelter from rain. The accessible curving pathway is nestled into a sloping hillside and provides seating along the way that looks out into the surrounding forest.
The mature stands of Douglas Firs have been preserved on-site and the understory is restored by removing invasive plants and replacing them with northwest native plant material. The east side of the building has new seating, bike racks and bike lockers as well as renovated paving that matches those used in the rest of the campus.
Location: Olympia, WA
Client: The Evergreen State College