Combining the cultural heritage of 12 Native American Tribes, the Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Washington, provides an educational facility and dormitory for the Colville Confederated Tribes. Garco along with ALSC Architects designed and constructed the 100,000 SF complex which houses students from kindergarten thru the 9th grade. Nestled in the hills near Lake Omak in central Washington, the architectural design draws upon the forms of indigenous structures and the natural environment.
The two-story Cultural Center is the heart of the facility, featuring a terrazzo entrance and salmon solar clock surrounded by a glass wall and skylight. The salmon clock is formed by metal salmon spiraling to the sky and reflects shadows on the adjacent wall. Throughout the day the shadow will have characteristics of a coyote; the salmon and coyote are of primary importance culturally to the Tribes. The facility provides administrative areas, classrooms, a wood shop, science lab, gymnasium and a stage. The facility also includes a 21,000 SF dormitory designed to accommodate up to 100 students year around.
Design Citation from the American Institute of Architects – 2006
Best Special Project from Northwest Construction – 2005