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New School Building: Edison Elementary School

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.

The current Edison Elementary School building was built in 1926 and is in poor condition.

Planning for the new school buildings is underway now.

When & Where: Timeline & Location

The new building for Edison Elementary School will be constructed first, with site work beginning in 2020 and the new school opening in 2022.

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. No other school building in the area has capacity to temporarily house the school programs, so a temporary school site is necessary.

During the 2019–20 school year a temporary school site will be prepared at the Willard property (29th & Lincoln) to house first Edison Elementary School and then Camas Ridge Elementary School during construction of the new buildings at the existing school sites.

Update Nov. 5, 2019 on Willard Swing School Site & Floor Plan

Spring 2019: How, Where & When: Community Conversation / Options Narrowed / School Rebuilding Plan

How: Design Direction 

Before beginning architectural design work for the new Edison building, the district sought community input on architectural style approaches and on the importance of partially preserving some original building elements among other values for school design.

Community input emphasized the importance of honoring nature and green space and fitting the neighborhood in scale and design. Northwest and traditional design approaches were well-received; fewer people preferred a more contemporary design approach for the new Edison. Most respondents preferred acknowledging the school’s history in some way but not attempting to retain part of the original brick building façade.

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

Edison Design Direction: Overview Slides
Edison Design Direction: Article
Previous Updates: Planning Begins / Weigh In / Let’s Talk

Who: Architects & Contractors

The design team of Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects will design the new building for Edison Elementary School.

Request for Proposals: Construction Manager / General Contractor
Architect Teams Chosen to Design New Schools
Previous Updates: Request for Proposals: Architects for Edison

Timeline Overview

  • Spring 2018: Bond package plan includes new buildings for Edison and Camas Ridge
  • Fall 2018: Bond measure approved by voters
  • Spring 2019: Discussions with staff and parents about next steps
  • Late Spring 2019: Determination of timeline and location for new Edison and Camas Ridge
  • Spring–Summer 2019: Community conversation about Edison design direction
  • Early Fall 2019: Determination of design direction for new building
  • 2019–20: Planning and preparation for school moves
  • 2019–20: Swing school construction at Willard
  • Summer 2020: Edison moves to swing school site
  • 2020–2022: Edison Elementary School at Willard
  • Fall 2022: New Edison Elementary School building opens

About the Project 

• Timeline: Construction begins 2020, new school opens 2022
• Architect team:
Mahlum Architects and Robertson Sherwood Architects
• General contractor: TBD (Request For Proposals)
• Capacity: ~450 students
• Existing building history: Original portion constructed in 1926

 

About the School Bond Measure

In November 2018, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $319.3 million school bond measure to fund improvements at every 4J school, and replace three aging school buildings with high-quality facilities built for school safety, sustainability, modern seismic standards, and 21st century education. The improvements include new student technology, updated instructional materials, accessibility and equitability enhancements, security upgrades, and building repairs.