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

Bond Project Information—What’s the Latest?

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

More Bond Information

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

More Upcoming Events
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Library Books

Hello Edison Families,

We have recently been notified that Edison has to be packed up by May 22nd. This means it’s time to get any of those library books back. Kristi and Alicia, also, asked that their students return the material they loaned out for their last project.

Both of these items may be returned at the Edison front door through the lower mail slot to the left of the double doors. You will see there are two slots. One of them is big enough for books.

If you have items that are bigger than that, please email Principal Scott ( and I will make arrangements with you.

Thank you,

Principal Scott

Edison Update



Hello Edison families!

The design of our new Edison Elementary School is taking shape. The design team—Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects—has completed design development for the new building and the final stages of the design process are beginning.

The school’s design reflects community input, is designed to fit the Edison neighborhood and prioritizes green space, while utilizing traditional and northwestern design styles. You can see the design and artistic renderings of the new building here:

If you have any comments on the presented school design, please share your thoughts via this online form by Sunday, May 10:

Thank you to everyone who has participated in community forums and provided feedback to the architects. Our new Edison school building will be a high-quality learning environment and community asset for generations to come.


Swing School Update

Hello Wonderful Edison Families!

I have an update for you about next year. The decision has been made to move Edison to the Tier I start time. That means school will start at 7:55 and end at 2:25.

For those of you that normally ride the bus, nothing has changed. Your routes will continue as they did this year. For those of you within walking distance of Edison, we will have bus pick up at the First Congregational Church on 24th and Harris. The church has been kind enough to partner with us and let us park in the parking lot with drop off and pick up taking place on the 23rd street side of the property.

Now is as good a time as any to start teaching and reminding everybody about being a good neighbor. The church is helping us out and we need to be respectful of their property. That looks like maintaining a respectful noise level and staying on the sidewalk. We can show them Edison respect by staying off their lawn and out of their flower beds. Of course, there will be more to come on this subject and more to come around the specifics as we get closer to the new year.

Stay tuned, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Principal Scott

From the Library

Hello All,
I created a library website for Edison.  It is available under the student drop-down on the Edison website.  The direct link is:
The main page has a link to the Edison Library Catalog, library blog, and a preview of some of the new books kids can look forward to reading in the fall.  There is a page dedicated to all things OBOB, which has the new book list for next year, links to where the books can be found (some are currently available as eBooks or audiobooks), and I will be posting study guides as they are available.  There is a page of book recommendations divided by reading level, and all of the books currently listed are available as eBooks with the links provided.  There is a fun Explore page with themed materials like animals, space, STEAM, National Parks, and authors with links to fun projects, videos, and museums.  Finally, there is a page with links to our digital resources like Epic, Seesaw, Clever, Capstone, National Geo Kids, and others, and a link to the log-in access document for the digital services currently supported by the district for distance learning.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know.  I hope this gives you and our students another resource and will be helpful going forward as a fun way to interact with the library!

Willard Site Update

Hi there,

Work on the Willard swing site continues to progress. Here are some links, if you would like to see:

Time-lapse video and photo of a modular section being craned into place on Monday:
More sections in place on Tuesday:
Building taking shape on Wednesday:

Technology Support

Hello Edison Families,

Next week we will be starting our work together in Digital Learning. I’m sure there are going to be hiccups along the way. Should you need support please reach out to your classroom teacher first. If they are unable to help, you can email our technology ticket system and request help:

COVID-19 Update from the district

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Parents and students may have questions about the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19.

At this time there are no identified cases of COVID-19 in our area. Our school district is monitoring the situation, staying in contact with public health authorities, and planning for the possibility that COVID-19 could affect our schools.

We are taking extra steps to reduce the spread of germs at school. Custodians are doing extra cleaning during the day and each night, focusing on frequently touched surfaces. Our teachers are reviewing proper hand washing and cough/sneeze hygiene with students.

Two important things for families to do to help keep yourselves and others healthy are to wash hands well and often, and stay home when sick—if your child has a fever of 100.4° or higher, or cold or flu symptoms, please notify the school and keep them home. Public health officials also emphasize covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, not touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, and cleaning frequently touched items. These are best practices for preventing the spread of illness.

Concern over this new virus can make children and families anxious. Talking with your kids calmly and reassuringly and providing accurate prevention information and facts can help them cope with anxiety. The National Association of School Psychologists and National Association of School Nurses have provided suggestions for talking with children about COVID-19. We hope you may find this helpful.

More information:

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information:

Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus):




Información sobre el coronavirus COVID-19

Los padres y los estudiantes pueden tener preguntas sobre la propagación del nuevo coronavirus llamado COVID-19.

En este momento no hay ningún caso identificado de COVID-19 en nuestra área. Nuestro distrito escolar está monitoreando la situación, manteniéndose en contacto frecuente con las autoridades de salud pública, y planificando para la posibilidad de que COVID-19 pueda afectar nuestras escuelas.

Estamos tomando medidas adicionales para reducir la propagación de gérmenes en la escuela. Los conserjes realizan limpiezas adicionales durante el día y cada noche, enfocándose en superficies que se tocan con frecuencia. Nuestros maestros están revisando con los estudiantes el lavado adecuado de manos y la higiene de tos y estornudos.

Dos cosas importantes que las familias deben hacer para ayudar a mantenerse saludables son lavarse las manos bien y frecuentemente, y quedarse en casa cuando están enfermos. Si su hijo tiene fiebre de 100.4 ° o más, o síntomas de resfriado o gripe, notifique a la escuela y manténgalos en casa. Los expertos en salud pública también recomiendan cubrirse la tos y los estornudos con un pañuelo de papel, no tocarse los ojos, la nariz o la boca sin antes lavarse las manos, y limpiar los artículos que se tocan con frecuencia. Estas son las mejores prácticas para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades.

La preocupación por este nuevo virus puede hacer que los niños y las familias se sientan ansiosos. Hablar con sus hijos con calma y tranquilidad, y brindarles información de prevención y datos precisos, puede ayudarlos a sobrellevar la ansiedad. Las asociaciones nacionales de psicólogos escolares y enfermeras escolares han proporcionado sugerencias para hablar con los niños sobre COVID-19. Esperamos que le sea útil.

Para más información:

Información sobre el coronavirus COVID-19:  (if embedding a link you can instead use )

Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

Ask The Architects

Edison Community,
Here are a couple links about the new build you might be interested in.
The first is a link to the district page that has all things bond on it.
The second is a link to the slide show presentation given Monday, Dec. 16th about the new Edison building.
Edison project page:
Architects’ slidedeck direct link: