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Edison Elementary School Design Direction

New school building will be completed in 2022

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. Planning for the new school buildings is underway now.

Images of old Edison Elementary School buildingTime and Place 

The two South Eugene region elementary schools will be rebuilt consecutively, with the new Edison Elementary School constructed first to be completed in 2022, followed by the new Camas Ridge Elementary School opening in 2024.

Site and structure considerations: Oldest building in district (original portion was built in 1926). Seismic concerns and accessibility issues. School site is very small, 2.6 acres, and is nestled close within residential neighborhood. Green space is limited by the small site. Construction cannot be done with school in operation, so a temporary school site is required. No school in the area has capacity for temp co-location of the elementary school. 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.

A temporary school location will be created at the Willard site to house school operations first for Edison and then Camas Ridge, during construction of the new schools on their existing sites.

Edison Design Direction

Before beginning architectural design work for the new Edison building, the district held community meetings and posted an online survey to provide information about the design and construction process, discuss what had been heard from prior community engagement, and hear more from the community on what is important in the design of the new school for this neighborhood.

Input on Edison design priorities, what we heard from community members: 93% thought seismic safety and security was important; 85% thought outdoor green space was important; 80% thought designing for 21st century education was important; 74% thought neighborhood fit and feel was important; 54% thought cost efficiency was important; 45% thought preserving some historic elements was important; 44% thought reflecting historic character was important.

Community input was sought on architectural style approaches and on the importance of partially preserving some original building elements among other values for school design. Community input emphasized safety, the importance of honoring nature and green space, and fitting the neighborhood in scale and design.

Input on potential architectural design styles for the new school, what we heard: 62% liked Northwest Style, 52% liked Traditional Style, 21% liked Contemporary StyleNorthwest and traditional design approaches were well-received; fewer people preferred a more contemporary design approach for the new Edison.

Input regarding how to honor the past, what we heard: 56% liked an interpretive preservation approach, to save and relocate some historical elements or artifacts into the building or displays. 33% liked a partial preservation approach, attempting to preserve and incorporate a portion of the existing brick building façade into the new building exterior.Most respondents preferred acknowledging the school’s history in some way but not attempting to retain part of the original brick building façade. Many community members emphasized that what is most important is to design the best school possible for students’ education, now and in future.

The architects designing the new Edison will be 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

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