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Sneak Peek at Initial Edison Design Concepts

Schematic design of new Edison Elementary School is underway

A new Edison Elementary School building will be under construction soon, thanks to voters’ approval of the Eugene School District 4J bond measure in 2018. Site work and construction will begin in summer 2020 and the new school will open in fall 2022. 

The Edison Elementary School design team of Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects are about midway through the schematic design phase.

Responsive to community input, the architects will:
• Design to fit the neighborhood in scale and prioritize green space
• Consider traditional and northwestern design styles
• Honor the school’s history, but not keep any part of the current building in place

The design team began the design process with a review of districtwide visioning and planning documents, 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 2.6-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.

Community members are invited to an open house to learn about preliminary planning and get a look at initial design concepts for the design of the new school. The open house is on Monday, December 16, 6–7 p.m. at Edison Elementary School, 1328 E. 22nd Ave. 

The new school building will be a high-quality learning environment and community asset now and for generations to come.

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