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School Expansion: Gilham Elementary School

Gilham Project News (Click to expand)

Gilham Elementary Construction Begins (06.23.21)
Gilham School Expansion Taking Shape (09.24.20)
Team Chosen for Gilham Elementary School Expansion (08.10.20)
4J Seeks Architect for Gilham School Expansion (03.28.20)
Contractor Sought for Gilham Elementary School Expansion (03.22.20)
Gilham Elementary School Grand Reopening: Thanks, Neighbors! (10.29.16)
See What’s Next for Gilham Elementary School (05.03.16)

Local voters approved a bond measure in November 2018 to replace three aging school buildings, make repairs and renovations, and fund capital improvements at every 4J school.

At Gilham Elementary School, classrooms will be added and gym space will be expanded to increase capacity and address overcrowding. The new classroom additions and additional building improvements were identified as critical needs in the 2018 bond measure.

The 2013 bond measure funded a master planning process and the first phase of planned improvements at Gilham Elementary School. The 2018 bond measure will fund phase two of the master plan, enclosing the covered play area to add gym space and adding classrooms to accommodate the region’s growing population.

Gilham Master Plan
Gilham Master Plan Report April 2015

Project Updates

The new classrooms and facility improvements planned for the expansion are under construction. Construction will span two summers and is currently anticipated to be completed in fall 2022. Some work will need to continue after the start of the 2021–22 school year due to the extent of construction required.

Timeline Overview

  • May 2013:  Bond measure approved by voters Completed
  • April 2015:  Master plan developed for future improvements to Gilham Completed
  • Fall 2016:  First phase of improvements completed by Wildish Building Co. Completed
  • Spring 2018: Bond package plan includes new classrooms for Gilham Completed
  • Fall 2018: Bond measure approved by voters Completed
  • Winter 2020: Tentative project timeline determined Completed
  • Spring 2020: Selection of construction manager/general contractor and architect Completed
  • Summer 2020–Spring 2021: Design of new classroom spaces and gym expansion Completed
  • Summer 2021–Fall 2022: Construction of improvements In Progress
  • Fall 2022:  Work completed

About the Project 

Timeline: Design summer 2020spring 2021, construction summer 2021fall 2022
Architect team: GMA Architects
• General contractor: Chambers Construction
• Planned improvements: 2015 Master Plan Phase 2 facility improvements, including classroom additions and gym expansion
• Building history: Originally constructed in 1966 with additions made in 1993 and facility improvements in 2016 to serve the growing Sheldon region.

About the School Bond Measure

In November 2018, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $319.3 million school bond measure to replace three aging school buildings, expand Gilham Elementary School, and fund improvements at every 4J school, including new student technology, updated instructional materials, accessibility and equitability enhancements, security upgrades, and building repairs.

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