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New School Building: Howard Elementary School

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.

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


Design and Construction


The old Howard Elementary School building was built in 1949 and was in poor condition. PiVOT Architecture of Eugene in association with DOWA-IBI Group of Portland designed the new building, in consultation with a design advisory committee and with input from students, parents, staff, neighbors and community members. Todd Construction was awarded the construction project.

Howard 14-0403 ESD exterior-A2-willamette valley-front-lower resThe new school provides better learning environments for students and costs less to operate. The new two-story building has ample classrooms and common spaces inside, room for enrollment growth, and is designed to support Howard’s intensive use of technology in classroom learning. Outside, there are outdoor learning spaces for instructional activities, play areas and athletic fields.

The state-of-the-art new school building features natural light and fresh air, classroom clusters designed with contemporary teaching and learning strategies in mind, an open-air courtyard, a media center at the heart of the school, and sustainability features including rainwater harvesting and solar energy.

The new building opened in fall 2016.

About the Project 

• Architect team: PiVOT Architecture (Eugene) in association with DOWA-IBI Group (Portland)

• General contractor:  Todd Construction

• Capacity: 600 students

• Existing building history: Constructed 1949


About the School Bond Measure

In May 2013, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $170 million school bond measure to provide funding for 4J school improvements, including replacing four of the district’s oldest school buildings with new buildings at the same sites, making major building improvements at Gilham Elementary School, and installing a new track and field at Kelly Middle School.

The bond measure also is paying for improvements at every 4J school, including new student technology, updated instructional materials, security upgrades, building improvements, and more.


A Different Perspective:
Aerial videos of new Howard school construction

Construction nearly complete, January 2016


Mid-construction, August 2015


Construction Complete!
Digital window onto the Howard construction site

A webcam provided live updates throughout the construction process. The webcam was taken down after construction was completed.

Photo of Howard construction site.