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Gilham Elementary School Master Plan

Master plan developed to guide improvements at Gilham 

The Eugene School District 4J bond measure resoundingly approved by voters in May 2013 included funds to improve and expand Gilham Elementary School, a neighborhood school in the Sheldon region in northeast Eugene.

To map the route forward, the district hired GMA Architects to provide a master plan for Gilham that more thoroughly identified existing facility deficiencies, future growth potential, and alignment with district standards. GMA worked in a design team with Bassetti Architects as master planning consulting architects.

The design team:
· Assessed existing site and building conditions.
· Engaged 4J staff, students, parents and the community in information gathering and generating design options.
· Evaluated the potential for the Gilham building to adapt to current instructional standards.
· Developed a master plan with identified priorities, preliminary construction budget estimates, and possible construction schedules.
· Provided a recommendation to the Eugene School Board.

Key elements identified before the bond measure included connecting separate classroom buildings with indoor hallways, new restrooms, accessibility upgrades, and additional classroom space.

The process validated the key elements identified prior to the bond measure, and also discovered additional needs that would need to be addressed to align with long-range facilities plans and meet future capacity expectations. These additional elements include safe and secure main entry and reception areas, improved heating and ventilation, enhanced connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, additional classroom capacity, instructional technology distribution and upgrades to major activity areas, improved vehicular and pedestrian circulation, and greater access to community- and volunteer-oriented spaces.

The resulting master plan includes various building upgrade, remodel, and expansion projects throughout the facility. As the recommendations are greater than can be addressed by the funds allocated in the current bond measure, the design team recommended a phased approach to complete the work.

Gilham Master Plan Report – April 2015 

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