Ceiling fans and daylight glazing
feature in the library.
THE HILLCREST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, located in a residential neighborhood southwest
of downtown Seattle, found itself in an awkward position in 2012. Its congregation had decreased in
size over the years, but remained in a large well-loved, but inefficient 1970s era facility. Maintenance
and operations bills for the poorly insulated building, heated with outdated electric furnaces, were
beginning to overwhelm the organization. At the same time the nearby Westside School, a prekindergarten through eighth grade school serving 360 students, was about to lose its lease. A plan
was born: the church would co-locate with another church down the street then sell its facility to the
school to finance ongoing operations. The soaring, vaulted wood roof structures of the church would
be resurrected as a school and new home for Westside.
MORGAN HEATER, ASSOCIATE MEMBER ASHRAE;AND GLADYS LY-AU YOUNG, AIA