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 first two schools to be replaced.
The current Roosevelt Middle School opened in 1950, replacing the original 1924–1925 facility, and is in poor condition. The new school will provide better learning environments for students and will cost less to operate.
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 engagement, and the design for the resulting two-story, light-filled building incorporates input from students, parents, staff, neighbors and other community members.
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 started taking shape. By the end of summer 2015, passersby were able to see the size and shape of the final building. Construction has progressed rapidly through the fall, and the new school building is on schedule to open in fall 2016.
The new school will feature 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 grand opening of the new Roosevelt will come at the start of the 2016–17 school year.
Once teachers and students move into the new school, the old building will be demolished. The Eugene Family YMCA plans to purchase that portion of the property to construct new recreation facilities.
About the project
- 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 will be the third in the school’s history. The original Roosevelt Junior High opened in 1924 at 1787 Agate. The second, current building opened in 1950 at 680 E. 24th Ave. The new building, to open in fall 2016, will be further west on the school property and will have a new street address, 500 E. 24th Ave.
Soar through the new school design in this video rendering
Roosevelt Middle School Architectural Design Fly-Through provided by Mahlum Architects Inc.