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New School Project: Roosevelt Middle School

Four of Eugene School District 4J’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings are being replaced, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2013 school bond measure.

Roosevelt Middle School was one of the first two schools to be replaced. The new Roosevelt Middle School and Howard Elementary School opened in fall 2016. The new Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School are under construction on schedule to open in fall 2017.

 

Photo tour:
Eugene’s stunning, sustainable new school building

Entry to the new Roosevelt Middle School building, lit up at twilight. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. Students at the new Roosevelt Middle School enjoy varied seating areas for small-group learning, studying, and visiting, including this space outside the media center. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. Students at the new Roosevelt Middle School enjoy varied seating areas, including this signature feature of the new school. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. A view from the foyer of the new Roosevelt Middle School building. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. Students at the new Roosevelt Middle School enjoy varied seating areas for small-group learning, studying, and visiting, including this space in the foyer. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. The school office and multiuse meeting and learning rooms in the new Roosevelt Middle School building. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. The new Roosevelt Middle School building's design includes flexible learning spaces and lots of glass for open views and natural light. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. The new Roosevelt Middle School building's design includes flexible learning spaces and lots of glass for open views and natural light. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. Students enjoy the courtyard during a moment of sunshine at the new Roosevelt Middle School building. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. The new Roosevelt Middle School building's cafeteria overlooks a welcoming courtyard and opens to outdoor spaces when the weather allows. Photo courtesy of Mahlum Architects Inc. 

Design and construction

The old Roosevelt Middle School, which opened in 1950 to replace the original 1924–1925 facility, was in poor condition. The new school provides better learning environments for students and costs less to operate.

Staff visiting construction site of new Roosevelt Middle School building Mahlum Architects of Portland in association with Robertson Sherwood Architects of Eugene designed the stunning new school building, working with a stakeholder design committee. Public meetings were held during the design process to provide opportunities for community engagement. The resulting two-story, light-filled building design incorporates input from students, parents, staff, neighbors and other community members.

Construction of the new Roosevelt Middle School to the west of the old building began in spring 2015 and the structural core of the building started taking shape over the summer. By the start of the school year in fall 2015, passersby were able to see the size and shape of the building. Construction progressed rapidly over the course of the 2015–16 school year. The new building was complete by the end of the school year in June and the old building was demolished over the summer.

Entry to the new Roosevelt Middle School buildingStudents returned to school in fall 2016 in their state-of-the-art new school building. The new school features a central open-air courtyard, inside commons and classroom clusters. Science labs, a library/media center, two gyms and a theatre area complement the classroom clusters and encourage students to explore new interests.

The Eugene Family YMCA has an option to purchase a portion of the property where the old school stood to construct new recreation facilities.

Project details 

  • Architect team: Mahlum Architects (Portland) in association with Robertson Sherwood Architects (Eugene)
  • General contractor:  John Hyland Construction
  • Capacity: 650 students
  • Building history: The new building is the third in the school’s history. The original Roosevelt Junior High opened in 1924 at 1787 Agate. The second building opened in 1950 at 680 E. 24th Ave. The new building opened in fall 2016.
  • Address change: The new school building is located further west on the school property and has a new street address, 500 E. 24th Ave.

Learn more

• Roosevelt project website
• Roosevelt Middle School website
RMS legacy project
4J–YMCA agreement
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Bond measure news 
• Bond measure overview 

 

Virtual view:
Soar through the new school design in this video rendering

Roosevelt Middle School Architectural Design Fly-Through provided by Mahlum Architects Inc.

 

A bird’s-eye perspective:
Aerial video of new Roosevelt school construction (late summer 2015)

Construction complete!
Digital window onto the Roosevelt construction site

A webcam provided live updates throughout the construction process. Below is the final image of the completed school before the webcam was taken down.
Roosevelt construction site