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Bond takes to the rooftops, PPS school transformation begins

June 07, 2013
This month Portland Public Schools launches roof replacements and seismic and science lab upgrades at six schools as the first step of an eight-year school building improvement bond. The PPS bond, the largest school construction program in state history, will begin transforming Portland schools for 21st century learning.
Faubion K-8 first graders answer the question, "What do you want in your school?" Faubion will be rebuilt in partnership with Concordia University as part of the eight-year bond.
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Thanks to Portland voters for approving the $482 million bond in November, PPS will prioritize high school modernizations – completely rebuilding Franklin, Grant and Roosevelt high schools and creating master plans for the other six high schools – as well as seismic strengthening, science lab improvements and increased accessibility at dozens of schools.

In addition, the bond will cover the rebuilding of Faubion PK-8 School in partnership with neighboring Concordia University. Concordia students complete their student teaching at Faubion in a well-developed partnership between the two institutions.

“We are excited to get started on reshaping and strengthening our school buildings for the 21st century,” said Superintendent Carole Smith. “Starting this summer, the investment of Portland residents will begin serving our students and our city for generations to come.”

Summer work commencing

Summer school building improvement work at six schools kicks-off immediately after the students are dismissed for summer break June 14:

Current condition of the Wilson High School roof
  • Crews will be replacing three acres of badly deteriorated roof at Wilson High School. 
  • Alameda K-5 will receive complete earthquake safety upgrades.
  • Bridlemile K-5, Lewis K-5 and Laurelhust K-8 will receive new roofs, including related seismic strengthening.
  • Laurelhurst K-8 and Ockley Green K-8 will receive upgraded science classrooms. 

PPS and its contractors aim to complete the summer work in time for students to return to class in the fall and have been working with the City of Portland to manage impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.

What can neighbors expect?

  • School neighbors will experience construction-related traffic.
  • At Bridlemile and Lewis , construction work will go no later than 6 p.m.
  • At Wilson, Alameda and Laurelhurst, construction work may at times go as late as 8 p.m. for no more than 20 days this summer, and may also include three Sundays,  in order to complete the work required in time for back-to-school.
  • The Wilson Pool will remain open as well as the Hillsdale Farmers Market on Sundays  (in the adjoining Rieke Elementary parking lot). However the Wilson parking lot will be mostly blocked off.  Biking, walking and public transportation is encouraged. Multiple bus routes serve the Hillsdale neighborhood at Southwest Capitol Highway and Sunset Boulevard/Hillsdale Transit Center.

The PPS Office of School Modernization, schoolmodernization@pps.net   or 503-916-2222, can answer any questions about the work.

High school design work begins next Fall

Citizen advisory groups will begin meeting this summer for the first school rebuilding projects at Roosevelt and Franklin high schools. More information on public meeting dates and locations for school designs will be posted on the bond website once design teams have been hired later this summer.

Community helps shape how Portland rebuilds schools

This bond is the first step in a community-led plan to rebuild all Portland schools over the next 30 years. As PPS launches the school rebuilding work, Portland’s modernized schools must reflect Portland’s vision for education.
Since February, PPS has engaged dozens of community groups in a broad community visioning discussion to help shape the school facilities of the future.  Planners have heard from students, parent groups, futurists and other community members – you can read their input here. Their input will produce a long-term vision to guide how modernized schools should be designed and built.

It’s your turn. Share your vision by taking this short, but important, survey


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