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Gilham School Expansion Taking Shape

Architect presents schematic design for Gilham Elementary School expansion, improvements 

The design of Gilham Elementary School’s expansion is taking shape.

Voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a school bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements for 4J schools. Bond funds will be used to construct three new school buildings, expand Gilham Elementary School, and make other capital improvements across the district.

Before substantial improvements can be made, they must be planned. A two-phased master plan for Gilham Elementary School, developed in 2014–15, identified key building improvements that, once completed, could help the school meet the needs of the growing Sheldon region. The first phase was completed with funding from the 2013 school bond measure.

Completion of the second phase is now one step closer thanks to voters’ approval of 2018’s school bond measure and GMA Architects’ recent completion of the schematic design.

The planned improvements are focused on growing and enhancing the school facility. These projects will add four general classrooms, provide for renovated special education classrooms, add security fencing, upgrade some existing classrooms and provide for the conversion of the covered play area to an enclosed auxiliary gym.

The architect’s schematic design is informed by the Gilham master plan which was developed with extensive staff and community participation.The Phase 2 design reflects the 4J Vision 20/20 Strategic Plan, the 4J Long Range Facilities Plan (2018), and the 4J Elementary Education Specifications (2019). The design team has worked through the project program requirements and site test concepts to develop a design that aligns with the approved visioning goals and adjacencies.

After schematic design, the next phase is the development and completion of the detailed design, construction documents and permitting.

Construction is scheduled to begin in June 2021 with a fall 2022 completion date. Some work will need to continue through the 2021–22 school year due to the extent of construction required. The district will work with the design team and contractor to schedule work to minimize disruption to the school.

Thank you, bond voters!

 

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