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New School Building: North Eugene High School

Local voters approved a bond measure in November 2018 to fund capital improvements at every 4J school and replace North Eugene High School, Edison Elementary School, and Camas Ridge Elementary School with high-quality facilities built for school safety, modern seismic standards, sustainability, and 21st century education.

Planning for the new school buildings is underway now.

North Eugene School Design Open House

Families, neighbors and other community members were invited to a community open house on Tuesday, January 21 to learn about preliminary planning for the design of the new school.

New School Design Open House
North Eugene High School cafeteria, 200 Silver Lane
Tuesday, January 21, 6–7 p.m. 

Community members were invited to meet the architects. Get a look at the initial design concepts. Share their comments and ask questions. Learn how their bond dollars will be invested wisely in a high-quality North Eugene school building now and for generations of students to come.

North Eugene High School Design Open House
Architect’s Slideshow

Toward a New North  

The new North Eugene will have site work begin in 2020 and will open in 2023. The new high school will be a high-quality building designed for safety and security, efficiency and sustainability, and modern teaching and learning including career technical education. It will be built with a capacity of ~1,200 students, the same as the original building, to serve the current 1,000 student enrollment with room to grow.

The new school will be a community asset able to serve as a shelter after a natural disaster, with key areas built to an upgraded seismic standard and other resiliency upgrades.

After the new school is built, the current NEHS building will be renovated and repurposed. Although the 1957 facility and its small classrooms are outdated for a modern high school, the building is still usable space and can be refurbished to serve other school programs well.

Design & Build 

The new North Eugene High School building will be designed by the team of Rowell Brokaw Architects of Eugene in association with Opsis Architecture of Portland.

As of December 2019, the North Eugene High School design team is about one-third of the way through the schematic design phase. The design process began with the program confirmation phase, with the design team reviewing 4J visioning, planning, public outreach and facilities documents developed in preparation for the bond projects. The team also assessed the property to identify opportunities and considerations for site design.

Based on districtwide visioning and planning documents and program confirmation, the design team developed a list of design considerations to evaluate how effectively the design aligns with 4J’s goals. The team has developed and reviewed various design concepts with these goals in mind. Through this review, a few important themes have emerged, including minimizing impact to neighbors and being a positive community asset; safe and clear site circulation; centralized building layout to strengthen the school community and aid in wayfinding and security; and providing usable quality outdoor space. The current concept of a two-story building around single centralized courtyard supports these themes and will continue to be refined as design progresses.

Architect Team Selection

School Board Update Dec. 4, 2019 on NEHS Design

Program Relocations

The new high school will be built on the west end of the school property, where the Silver Lea building and high school softball field are located now. This will require Corridor Elementary School and Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion Elementary School to relocate from the Silver Lea building.

In summer 2020, Corridor will move to the current North Eugene building, and Yujin Gakuen will move to the Kelly Middle School building and connect K–8 with the middle school grades of the Yujin Gakuen Japanese immersion program already located at Kelly.

A new softball field will be constructed in summer 2020 near the baseball field, southwest of the existing building.

After the new high school is completed, the current North Eugene and Kelly buildings will be available for the long-term location of Kelly, Corridor, and YG, to be determined.

Corridor and Yujin Gakuen Program Moves

About the Project 

• Architect team: Rowell Brokaw Architects / Opsis Architecture
• General contractor: TBD (Request for Proposals)
• Capacity: ~1200 students
• Existing building history: Constructed in 1957

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.

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