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.