Frost Elementary School, a new K-6 school in Kirkland, Wash. for the Lake Washington School District, has been completed.

Infused with art and poetry, this 59,260-sq-ft replacement facility was designed to take advantage of its wooded site and to create strong connections to the natural surroundings, to the school community and to the words of poet Robert Frost. The classrooms, shared learning spaces and multipurpose commons were designed to be flooded with natural light.

Students are welcomed to the lobby by 99 brightly-colored aluminum butterflies hanging from the ceiling in honor of Frost’s first published poem, “My Butterfly.” An excerpt from one of Frost’s last poems, “Pod of the Milkweed”, is cast in bronze on the floor of the lobby. In eight different locations both inside and outside of the school, excerpts from Frost’s poems are sandblasted into large stones.

The project was delivered on time and at budget by general contractor Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.; architect Studio Meng Strazzara; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, civil and structural engineering; Hargis, mechanical; Coffman, electrical; and Worthy & Associates, landscape architecture.