Ex3 Ron Sandwith
Teen Center

Federal Way, WA

Boys & Girls Club of King County

16,000 sf facility


  • EX3 Exterior at Twilight
  • EX3 Exterior Detail at Twilight
  • EX3 Gym
  • EX3 South Games Room
  • EX3 West Classroom
  • EX3 Window Details
  • 07_EX3_Tech_Center
  • EX3 Interior Daylight
  • EX3 Common Work Area

Ex3 occupies a prominent corner at the entrance of a new community campus created in partnership with the Federal Way School District. The building forms an entry court with Truman High School, which shares the use of the Ex3 gym.

The facility design is by intention both cost-effective and inspirational. It provides a place for teens to safely gather. It is one of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ first dedicated Teen Centers, nationwide.

The program is organized as three essential volumes: an “active” wing for games and music, a “quiet” learning center wing, and a “big box” gymnasium. Wide corridors separate the volumes, providing clear supervision and views through the building. Illuminated by abundant daylight, the simply shaped spaces are dynamic and light-filled.

The limited construction budget dictated the use of industrialized building systems and finishes. The pre-cast insulated concrete panels (commonly used in apple warehouses), provide a cost-effective, durable construction system.

The design reduces energy consumption to 28% below code.

AIA Seattle Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, Honor Award, 2008
Precast Design Award, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, 2007

Photography: © Michael Burns