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New School Building: Arts & Technology Academy

Four of Eugene School District 4J’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings have been replaced, thanks to voters’ approval of the 2013 school bond measure.

The Arts & Technology Academy and River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School were the final two of four schools to be replaced. Both opened in fall 2017.  The new Roosevelt Middle School and Howard Elementary School were the first to be replaced and opened in fall 2016.


About the New Arts & Technology Academy

Arts & Technology Academy, a neighborhood middle school focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) studies, has been reconstructed in place. Its previous school building—which originally housed Jefferson Junior High—was constructed in 1957 and was in poor condition.

The new school building provides better learning environments for students and costs less to operate.

The design and layout of the new building supports Arts & Technology Academy’s exciting and innovative instructional program that integrates science, technology, engineering, math and the arts. With a large project room and interactive classroom located at the core of the school, the building is designed to encourage group and project-based learning.

Rowell Brokaw Architects and Opsis Architecture designed the new building, in consultation with a design advisory committee and with input from students, parents, staff, neighbors and community members. Local company John Hyland Construction was awarded the construction project

The reconstruction project replaced ATA’s existing building with primarily new construction around some renovated portions of the old building. The only legacy spaces to remain are the three gymnasiums and the mechanical/electrical room, and they have seen significant renovations. The main gym has undergone seismic and other upgrades, the second gym has been extended to allow full-court basketball, and the south gym has been converted to band and theater space. Most of the site has been redesigned with new landscape and hardscape.

A note about Family School: The elementary grades of Family School, a K–8 alternative school, moved from their location at the ATA site to the former Crest Drive Elementary School site in summer 2015, before construction began. Family School grades 6–8 continue as a program at ATA. Learn more

About the Project 

Architect team: Rowell Brokaw Architects (Eugene) in association with Opsis Architecture (Portland)
General contractor: John Hyland Construction (Springfield)

New building capacity: 450 students. Designed to facilitate future expansion to 600 capacity if needed.

Area of existing building: 102,000 sf + 8,000 sf covered walkway
Area of new building: 97,000 sf (~82,500 sf new construction, ~15,000 sf renovated area, not including mechanical spaces)
Mechanical loft area: 5,400 sf
Covered outdoor area: 4,280 sf

Building history: Constructed in 1957. The previous building originally housed Jefferson Junior High, later Jefferson Middle School. Also housed Magnet Arts elementary school program. Jefferson Middle School and Magnet Arts closed, and Arts & Technology Academy opened in the old building in 2007. Construction of the new, reconstructed building began in spring 2016 and the new building opened in fall 2017.

Construction Time-lapse

Learn more

• ATA project website
ATA new school design images (Feb. 2016)
ATA schematic design report (Jan. 2015)
• Join the mailing list for ATA school design news: atadesign@4j.lane.edu

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