School Buildings: Conditions and Characteristics

Woodstock SchoolPPS manages a significant portfolio of Portland’s public buildings and is responsible for the second largest acreage of property in the city, just after Portland Parks and Recreation.  Faced with aging schools that were built to address the educational needs of the past century, our community has important decisions to make:

  • What building improvements are needed to support 21st century teaching and learning and better serve our community?
  • What renovations will ensure safe, warm and dry schools?
  • What improvements can we make to conserve resources and save money?
  • What will this cost and how do we pay for the necessary improvements?

To answer these questions, work began more than three years ago to learn all we could about the conditions and characteristics of our schools, as well as what our staff and community expect of these facilities. In June 2007, a team of experts began a comprehensive survey of PPS properties, looking at building conditions, operating systems and capacity issues. This eight-month assessment yielded a large amount of information and data; summary reports are provided below:

Reports on PPS Building Conditions

In 2008, Magellan Consulting Inc. completed an evaluation of the major systems in each Portland Public
Schools building, including plumbing, electrical, lighting, heating and ventilation, life and fire safety,
flooring, roofing, windows and doors, structure, technology, fencing, play equipment and exterior

Additional assessments are being conducted to add to our knowledge about PPS facilities and to guide future decision-making about building improvements.  These reports will be added here as they are completed:

Historic Building Assessment: Analysis of the historical significance of all PPS properties; profile on each site.

Facility ADA Assessment: Accessibility upgrades to meet  Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Guidelines.

Seismic Assesment: Examination of existing facilities to assess needs for seismic upgrades.

PPS Energy Usage Information

Sustainability data


For More Information about the School Modernization Plan, please contact:
PPS Office of School Modernization
503) 916-2801