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New School Building: Edison Elementary School

Local voters approved a bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements at every 4J school and replace Edison Elementary School, Camas Ridge Elementary School, and North Eugene High School with high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st-century education.

The original Edison Elementary School building was built in 1926 and was in poor condition.

Construction of the new Edison school building is underway now.

Edison Elementary Project News (Click to expand)

New Edison Building Steeled for Next Phase (07.26.21)
New Edison Building On the Horizon (12.05.20)
Edison Elementary Design Determined (10.08.20)
Virtual View: Soar Through Edison School Design (06.28.20)
Preliminary Work to Begin at Edison Site (06.25.20)
Fond Farewell to Edison Elementary School Building (06.10.20)
New Edison Elementary School Design Takes Shape (05.01.20)
Contractor Chosen to Build New Edison (02.18.20)
Edison Design Open House (11.28.19)
Sneak Peek at Initial Edison Design Concepts (11.22.19)
Construction at Willard Site Begins Soon (10.21.19)
Who Will Build the New Edison? (09.01.19)
Architect Teams Chosen to Design New Schools (08.29.19)
Edison Elementary School Design Direction (08.28.19)
Let’s Talk: Preliminary Design Direction for New Edison Elementary School (07.31.19)
Weigh In on Design Direction for New Edison Elementary School (06.18.19)
Planning Begins for New Edison Elementary School (05.30.19)

Design Process

The Edison Elementary School design team completed initial design development for the new building in the spring of 2020.

The design process was initiated with a review of districtwide visioning and planning documents and a depth of other district reference materials, followed by a public outreach meeting to gather feedback and better understand the community’s priorities by inquiring about their places of memory, community use of the property, what the community cherishes, and what could be improved.

A number of common themes emerged including prioritizing exterior open space on the small 2-acre site, even though the school will grow in size. The team has worked through several rounds of program and site test concepts and has developed a design concept that aligns with the visioning goals and adjacencies outlined in the educational specifications, and also addresses district and community goals including those associated with entry, gathering, and community use. The design team is continuing to develop the details of the building and site design concepts.

Edison Elementary Design Determined (October 8, 2020)
Virtual Tour Through Edison School Design (June 28, 2020)
School Board Update on Edison Design (April 22, 2020)
Architects’ Update at Edison Design Open House (Dec. 16, 2019)
School Board Update on Edison Design (Nov. 20, 2019)

When & Where: Timeline & Location

The new building for Edison Elementary School will be constructed first, with site work beginning in summer 2020 and the new school opening in 2022.

The Edison school property is very small, 2.6 acres, so the new building cannot be constructed with the school continuing to operate in the old building. Camas Ridge also cannot continue to operate in its old school building if the new school is to be built in the preferred location on the site. No other school building in the area has capacity to temporarily house the school programs, so a temporary school site is necessary.

During the 2019–20 school year a temporary school site was prepared at the Willard property (29th & Lincoln) to house first Edison Elementary School from 2020 to 2022 and then Camas Ridge Elementary School from 2022 to 2024, during construction of the new buildings at the existing school sites.

Willard Swing School Construction Update (April 24, 2020)
Willard Swing School Site & Floor Plan Update (Nov. 5, 2019)
How, Where & When: Community Conversation / Options Narrowed / School Rebuilding Plan (Spring 2019)

How: Design Direction 

Before beginning architectural design work for the new Edison building, the district sought community input on architectural style approaches and on the importance of partially preserving some original building elements among other 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.

The architects designing the new Edison have been 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

Final Edison Elementary Design
Tour New Edison School Design
Edison Design Direction: Overview Slides
Edison Design Direction: Article
Previous Updates: Planning Begins / Weigh In / Let’s Talk

Who: Architects & Contractors

The design team of Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects will design the new building for Edison Elementary School.

Request for Proposals: Construction Manager / General Contractor
Architect Teams Chosen to Design New Schools
Previous Updates: Request for Proposals: Architects for Edison

Timeline Overview

  • Spring 2018: Bond package plan includes new buildings for Edison and Camas Ridge Completed
  • Fall 2018: Bond measure approved by voters Completed
  • Spring 2019: Discussions with staff and parents about next steps Completed
  • Late Spring 2019: Determination of timeline and location for new Edison and Camas Ridge Completed
  • Spring–Summer 2019: Community conversation about Edison design direction Completed
  • Early Fall 2019: Determination of design direction for new building Completed
  • 2019–20: Planning and preparation for school moves Completed
  • 2019–20: Swing school construction at Willard Completed
  • Summer 2020: Edison moves to swing school site Completed
  • 2020–2022: Edison Elementary School at Willard In Progress
  • Fall 2022: New Edison Elementary School building opens

About the Project 

• Timeline: Construction begins 2020, new school opens 2022
• Architect team:
Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects
• General contractor: John Hyland Construction, INC
• Capacity: ~450 students
• Existing building history: Original portion constructed in 1926

About the School Bond Measure

In November 2018, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $319.3 million school bond measure to fund improvements at every 4J school, and replace three aging school buildings with high-quality facilities built for school safety, sustainability, modern seismic standards, and 21st century education. The improvements include new student technology, updated instructional materials, accessibility and equitability enhancements, security upgrades, and building repairs.

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