4J Bond News: Edison Elementary School Shaping Up

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A new building is coming for Edison Elementary School, thanks to voters’ approval of the 4J school bond measure. What’s the latest?

Design Details: Edison Entry Shaping Up

Arch angle adjusted in response to community feedback 

The vision of the new Edison Elementary School is coming into focus. Responsive to community input, the architects have drafted a school design to prioritize green space, fit the neighborhood in scale, and reflect traditional and northwestern styles.

Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects completed initial design development for the new building this spring, and community members were invited to provide feedback. The final school design will be presented this fall.

One notable change from the previous design draft will be the entryway. Reflecting a common theme heard in community input, the design will be revised from the slightly splayed arch that was presented, to a more classic, vertical arch shape.

Entry Arch Evolution

Virtual View: Soar Through School Design

The new Edison building will begin construction in early 2021 and will open in fall 2022. In the meantime, check out this virtual tour through the building design, provided by Mahlum Architects.

The building depicted in this video is an architectural rendering of design development concepts. The final building design may vary from what is shown here, such as the change in the arched entryway.

Design Fly-Through Video

Preliminary Work to Begin at Edison Site

Activity to prepare for construction of the new school starts in July 

Preparation for construction of the new Edison is underway. Some pre-construction work will begin this week and will cause some minor traffic interruptions in July.

The first pre-construction projects are rerouting the sewer line that runs under Edison and connecting it to one in Onyx Street, and placing a gravel pad at the school site.

In early July, contractors will make small exploratory holes on 22nd Ave. and Onyx St. to ensure no existing subsurface construction conflicts with the proposed path of the sewer line. Starting around July 21, the sewer line rerouting work will require excavation of 22nd Ave. from Onyx St. to the alley between Onyx and Emerald.

Also in mid-July, gravel will be delivered to the school site and laid in the grassy field area. The addition of this gravel pad for equipment will reduce mud and mess at the school site and in the neighborhood during construction. The gravel is being delivered now, in advance of construction, to save costs by relocating excess gravel from the Willard project site without multiple haulings and storage fees.

Preliminary Pre-Construction Work

Next Steps Toward the New Edison

The original Edison building will be demolished later this year, after classrooms move to the Willard school site and other items are removed for reuse and recycling.

After completion of the detailed design, construction documents and permitting, construction will begin in early 2021 to be completed by summer 2022.

The new school building will be a sustainable and efficient, high-quality learning environment and community asset now and for generations to come.

Edison Project Page

ICYMI: Say Farewell to Edison in Virtual Tour

Edison Walk-Through Video

Bond Project Pages

North Eugene High School
• Edison Elementary School
• Camas Ridge Elementary School
• Gilham Elementary School Expansion
• Yujin Gakuen Relocation
Willard Swing School

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Preliminary Work Update.

In the original message we said the exploratory holes would be drilled ON Monday, June 29th. It now looks like it will be sometime the week of June 29th.

Sorry for the changes.

Preliminary Work Near Edison Site Begins Next Week

SUBJECT: Preliminary Work Near Edison Site Begins Next Week

Dear Edison families,

 

With school out for summer, work is progressing for our move to the Willard site and construction of the new Edison school building.

The original Edison building will be removed later this year, allowing construction of the new building to begin in early 2021.

In the meantime, you may notice some minor preliminary work getting started in the Edison neighborhood in June and July. The first pre-construction projects will be rerouting the sewer line that runs under Edison and connecting it to one in Onyx Street, and placing a gravel pad at the school site.

First, on Monday, June 29, contractors will make small, exploratory holes on 22nd Avenue and Onyx Street to ensure there is no conflict with the planned path for relocating the sewer line. On or about July 21, the work will begin to reroute the sewer line. This will involve excavation of 22nd Avenue from Onyx Street to the alley between Onyx and Emerald.

Crews also will be back in mid-July to start delivering gravel to the school site. The addition of a gravel pad in the grassy field area will help reduce mud and mess at the school site and in the neighborhood when construction begins.

Stay tuned for ongoing updates!

One Last Look: Virtual Visit to Edison Building

Dear Edison families,

It is exciting to be moving forward toward a new building for Edison Elementary School, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2018 bond measure.

It is also bittersweet, as we say farewell to the school building where generations of students have learned and thrived since 1926. After 94 years of service, the Edison building is the oldest and in the poorest seismic and facility condition among the district’s schools, but it also holds an important place in the memory of thousands of past and present Edison students.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s not possible to hold a traditional farewell event for student and staff alumni and current Edison families to visit the old school building one last time.

We’ve created a virtual tour instead, so families, staff and neighbors who have been a part of Edison’s history over the past 94 years can take one last look.

Edison Farewell Tour:
https://vimeo.com/427964728

Press play to take a five-minute farewell tour through the Edison building, just as it was on one day this spring after students and staff left to learn at home.

The building will be deconstructed later this year, and construction of the new building will begin in early 2021 to be completed by summer 2022. Stay tuned, as we’ll share continuing updates.

Edison Slide Show

Edison Community –
As the school year comes to a close, we not only say good-bye to another year, we say good-bye to our Edison building as well.  This school year did not end in the way that any of us had intended or anticipated.  We are unable to participate in our regular end of year activities, such as field day or 5th grade celebration.  Along with those traditions, we are unable to close the chapter on our historic building in a way that celebrates community involvement and the thousands of students who have walked through those doors.
Earlier in May, I posted an assignment to SeeSaw asking for students’ favorite memories of Edison.  Some students drew pictures, some recorded their memories, while others posted photos from events such as Ocean Week or the Jog-a-thon.  All of these memories were then compiled into a slideshow to be shared with all of you.  Each classroom teacher is hyperlinked to make it easy for you to go straight to your child’s class and see their memory, if they shared one.  I encourage you to look through the entire slideshow, as it may bring up memories for you and your student(s), including graduates of Edison.  If you are the parent of a 5th grader, looking at the memories of kindergartners may remind you that your almost middle schooler was once that small and innocent.  If you are the parent of a kinder, looking at memories of the older grades may be a reminder they grow up quickly and to cherish these moments.
This is not the way we wanted the school year to end and not the way we wanted to say farewell to Edison.  I leave you with this reminder: While Edison is a beautiful and historic building with many students having walked through those doors, it is not the building that makes our school so wonderful.  What makes Edison a wonderful school to learn in and teach at, is the community of parents, teachers, students, staff, and surrounding community.  The building will live on in our memories, photos, and stories, while the true heart of the Edison community is still alive in all of us and all of you.  This community is what makes Edison, and what makes it worth it to walk through the doors of our building and teach future generations.
Enjoy the slideshow, you can find the link below.  Take care of yourselves and each other.  Have a wonderful summer, Edison community.
Ms. Claire
School Counselor

New Edison School Design

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New Edison School Design Takes Shape

Architects present design for new elementary school building

The vision of the new Edison Elementary School has come into focus. The design team of Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects has completed design development for the new building, reflecting input received from families, neighbors and other community members.

The 1926 school structure that will be replaced, thanks to the community’s support of the school bond measure, is the district’s oldest existing building. It is nestled into the neighborhood on a very small school property, a single city block.

Responsive to community input, the architects have created a school design to fit the neighborhood in scale and prioritize green space, and utilized traditional and northwestern design styles in the provided renderings of the new building.

The design and building renderings are being presented and community feedback is invited virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Any comments on the presented school design are invited to be shared via an online form by Sunday, May 10.

After completion of the detailed design, construction documents and permitting, construction of the new building will begin in early 2021 to be completed by summer 2022. Edison will be located at the former Willard school site during construction.

The new school building will be a sustainable and efficient, high-quality learning environment and community asset now and for generations to come.

Edison School Design
Online Feedback Form

Contractor Chosen to Build New High School

Firm with local experience will serve as North Eugene CM/GC

Planning for the new North Eugene High School is underway. The construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) has been selected to coordinate planning and construction of the new building: Lease Crutcher Lewis (Lewis), a construction company with offices in Eugene, Portland and Seattle, founded in 1886.

Lewis’s numerous high-profile local projects have included PK Park, Lillis Business Complex, Erb Memorial Union and other buildings at the University of Oregon, the LCC Downtown Campus and Titan Court, the Center Building and other buildings at the Lane Community College main campus, and the EWEB operations building, as well as high schools and other buildings in the Portland and Seattle areas.

CM/GCs are brought on early in the design process so that the firm can work with the architects and the district to analyze building systems, provide cost estimates, develop construction schedules, plan for construction, and help ensure that the school replacement projects will be completed on time and within budget.

The district, architect team, and construction firm will work as a team throughout the design and construction process of the new high school. Subcontractors will be selected through a publicly advertised, competitive solicitation process.

NEHS Contractor Selected

Willard Swing School Taking Shape

New space for elementary schools to open this fall

A new space to house elementary schools during construction and then serve other needs is under construction at the former Willard school site at 29th & Lincoln.

When complete, the swing school will have 13 classrooms, office spaces, library, kitchen, cafeteria, and gymnasium, composed of 37 prefabricated building segments and the former Willard school’s renovated gym, along with a new playground.

Modern Building Systems is contracted to erect the pre-fabricated building with Hyland Construction supervising the site work. After site preparations this winter, the modular construction began in mid-April and is coming together quickly.

Thanks to the community’s approval of the 2018 school bond measure, new school buildings are being designed and built to replace the aging Edison and Camas Ridge Elementary School facilities. With limited space at the school sites, the existing buildings will need to be cleared before construction can begin, and no other school building in the area has the capacity to temporarily house the school programs.

The Willard swing school facility is being constructed to serve that need and will be repurposed for other district needs after its use as a swing school.

Edison Elementary School will move this summer from its 94-year-old building at 22nd & Onyx to the Willard facility, and will be housed there for two years, while the new Edison building is constructed. Camas Ridge will then move to the Willard site from summer 2022 to 2024, while its new building is constructed at 29th & Harris.

Swing School Taking Shape
Timelapse Video: Segment Placement

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New North Eugene High School

Lease Crutcher Lewis has been selected as the construction manager / general contractor for the new high school. Design development is underway and will be presented to the community later this spring. New all-weather field turf is being installed in May and a new softball field will be constructed this summer.

North Eugene Project Updates Page

New Edison Elementary

Edison Elementary staff are packing their classrooms in preparation for their move to the Willard swing school site. The old Edison building will be removed this summer after a virtual celebration of the 94-year-old facility (details to come). The new school’s design development is complete and feedback is being received now. Construction will begin in early 2021 for completion by summer 2022.

Edison Project Updates Page

New Camas Ridge Elementary

With Camas Ridge’s new school building coming in 2024, the school is currently in the planning phase for building design and program relocation. The contractor and architect team will be selected this fall. Camas Ridge will move to the Willard site in summer 2022 for two years during the new building’s construction.

Camas Ridge Project Updates Page

Bond Project Pages

North Eugene High School
• Edison Elementary School
• Camas Ridge Elementary School
• Gilham Elementary School Expansion
• Yujin Gakuen & Corridor Relocation
Willard Swing School

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Gilham Elementary Expansion

Classrooms will be added and gym space will be expanded to increase capacity at Gilham. Construction will span two summers, currently anticipated to begin in summer 2021 and be completed in fall 2022. Architects and contractors have submitted proposals and will be selected this spring.

Gilham Project Updates Page

YG & Corridor Relocations

The Silver Lea building will be demolished this summer to prepare for construction of the new North Eugene High School, and remembrances of the building are being planned. The contractor has been selected to make renovations for Yujin Gakuen and Corridor’s temporary homes at Kelly Middle School and North Eugene High School. Staff are packing up their classrooms in preparation for the move.

YG & Corridor Project Updates Page

Willard Swing School

Construction is underway, with all 37 building segments in place on the site. The facility will be completed for Edison to move in the summer of 2020 until 2022. Camas Ridge will be located there from 2022 to 2024, and it will then be repurposed for other district needs.

Willard Project Updates Page

Coming Up in 4J

5/20 Budget Committee Meeting
5/20 School Board Meeting
6/3 School Board Meeting
6/11 Last Day of School
6/17 School Board Meeting

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