Architects Chosen to Design New Schools

 

Design teams will shape new buildings for North Eugene High School and Edison Elementary School 

Three of the district’s aging school buildings will be rebuilt in the next few years, thanks to voters’ approval of the school bond measure in November 2018. The new buildings will be high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st century education. Architect teams have been selected to design the first two new school buildings: North Eugene High School  Rowell Brokaw Architects (Eugene) / Opsis Architecture (Portland) Edison Elementary School Mahlum Architects (Portland) / Robertson Sherwood Architects (Eugene) Architects for the new Camas Ridge Elementary School will be selected later. The teams that won these design services contracts are highly qualified and experienced architects, passionate about school design for 21st century learning and the opportunity to contribute to our community. They will provide architectural, engineering and other consulting services for the design of the new buildings.
Architect Selection

Swing School Preparations Swinging Into Gear

Willard site work begins soon to house schools during construction   

The two South Eugene region elementary schools will be rebuilt consecutively, with the new Edison Elementary School constructed first to be completed in 2022, followed by the new Camas Ridge Elementary School opening in 2024. The buildings cannot be constructed in place while school operations continue, and no other school building in the area has capacity to temporarily house the school programs. A temporary school site (a.k.a. “swing school”) is necessary. School operations will temporarily relocate to the former Willard school site at 29th & Lincoln during construction of the new buildings. • 2020–2022: Edison Elementary School at Willard • 2022–2024: Camas Ridge Elementary at Willard The following changes are coming at the Willard site to prepare it to serve as a temporary “swing school” location: • Fall 2019: Removal of old Willard classroom wings • Winter 2019: Site prep and renovation of Willard gym • Spring 2020: Construction of new classroom spaces • Summer 2020: Installation of new playground
Willard Swing School

Design Direction for New Edison 

New school building will be completed in 2022 

Before beginning design work for the new Edison building, the district sought community input on the importance of partially preserving some original building elements among other architectural approaches and values for school design. Community input emphasized the importance of honoring nature and green space and fitting the neighborhood in scale and design. Northwest and traditional design approaches were well-received; fewer people preferred a more contemporary design approach for the new Edison. Most respondents preferred acknowledging the school’s history in some way but not attempting to retain part of the original brick building façade. Many community members emphasized that what is most important is to design the best school possible for students’ education, now and in future. The architects designing the new Edison will be asked to:
  • Design to fit the neighborhood in scale and green space
  • Consider traditional and northwestern design styles
  • Honor the building’s history through historic displays and potentially by repurposing some materials in an interpretive preservation approach, not by preserving any portions of the façade in place
  • Provide community updates during the design process
Edison Design Direction