Four of the district’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings will be replaced or renovated over the next few years, thanks to voters’ approval of the school bond measure in May 2013. Roosevelt Middle School is one of the four schools that will be replaced.
Construction of the new building to the west of the current school began in spring 2015. Piles were driven and concrete began being poured in late spring. Over the summer the structural core of the building will start taking shape. By the end of summer passersby will be able to see the size and shape of the final building.
The new Roosevelt will open in fall 2016. Once teachers and students move into the new school, the old building will be demolished and the Eugene Family YMCA plans to purchase that portion of the property to construct new recreation facilities.
Construction is set to begin soon. A design committee worked with Mahlum Architects of Portland in association with Robertson Sherwood Architects of Eugene to design the new building. Public meetings were held during the design process to provide opportunities for community input.
The current Roosevelt Middle School was built in 1950 and is in poor condition. The new school will provide better learning environments for students and will cost less to operate.