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Demolition Begins at North Eugene Site

Silver Lea building removal making way for the new high school

On a wet fall morning, big machines started moving at the North Eugene High School site. After salvaging materials for reuse and completing abatement, workers have begun careful demolition of the old Silver Lea elementary school building, to the west of the current high school building, removing the structure to make way for the new North Eugene High School.

Workers will remove the nearly 60-year-old Silver Lea facility in stages, demolishing a section and removing all the debris before moving on to the next section of the building. The phased demolition will proceed over the following weeks to prepare the site for new construction starting in early 2021.

The Silver Lea building previously housed Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School and Corridor Elementary School. Yujin Gakuen has moved to co-locate at the Kelly Middle School site. Corridor closed in June 2020.

While the Silver Lea building is taken apart and cleared away, the project architect design team of Rowell Brokaw Architects and Opsis Architecture will finalize the design details for the new North Eugene High School. The completion of the final design is anticipated for mid-January 2021 with the documents submitted to the City of Eugene for permit review in January.

The North region’s new flagship high school will be the first new high school building to be constructed in the Eugene–Springfield area in more than 50 years. The new school building will be designed for safety and security, efficiency and sustainability and 21st century learning including career technical education. The high school will be a high-quality learning environment and community asset now and for generations to come.

The new North Eugene High School is on schedule for a fall 2023 opening date. After the new school opens, the current NEHS building will be available to house other educational programs.


Second day of debris removalDemolition of the front office.Debris piles from two days of demolition.

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