Project Description

Gresham High School

About the Project – Planned Improvements

The new school design puts student access, health, safety and security as a top priority. The school will be barrier free to anyone with mobility, vision or auditory limitations. Student, teachers and administrators will have access to all community building gathering places. The partially replaced high school will create an easily monitored environment where administrators and teachers are comfortable in knowing who has been greeted and screened to enter the school. Clean indoor air quality and access to day-lighting will reduce absenteeism, improve classroom teaching and test scores.

A series of new “porches” along Main and Division will create a highly activated streetscape. The main entry points are slightly elevated above street level to add prominence and ascension up and into the school. The continuation of the finish floor lines, create an architectural base of the school. At street level the porch edges will be used as benches and casual gathering places. The porches are accessible from the street level by integrated ramps rising up to front, welcoming outdoor vestibules that clearly identify entry and access.

The school entry points are clearly connected to mid-block pedestrian crosswalks along Main and Division; but, most prominently at the corner of Main and Division. The overhead protected walkway along the Division side of the school directs pedestrians other school entrances to an east.

The most visually distinguishing element of the school’s exterior is the highly transparent entrance lobby to the theater at the corner of Main and Division. The activated entry will be a visually prominent architectural statement with elevated entry base, recessed doorway, and deep overhanging projected façade and sunshade. The theater will anchor the northern end of the Main Street and downtown Gresham. The iconic entry will be The Gateway to Gresham as intended in the downtown redevelopment plan.

The partially replaced High School will reduce waste and save energy by including sustainable design practices such as exterior sunshades, efficient exterior walls and roofs, storm-water management, recycling of waste and repurposing of historic elements. The school’s 1940’s WPA façade will be honored in concept and detail. The flanking, massive “bookends” will be reconstructed and adorned with the original artifacts – athletic sculptures, Greek goddesses’ statuary and rosettes. The memorable façades will continue to dominate the Main Street façade. The historic gingko trees will remain. In the center, beyond the trees, symmetrically balanced in a courtyard will be new focal structure on which the main entry “sage” sculptures will be redisplayed

Project Updates

Working with the City of Gresham and Design Commission

The district has been working closely with the City and the Design Commission to create a design and site plan for Gresham High school that meets the goals and objectives of all interested parties.

On May 3, 2017 the district met with the Design Commission to present a preliminary design for GHS.

Based on comments received at the May 3rd Design Commission meeting and numerous meetings with City of Gresham staff and community members, the design of future improvements at Gresham High School has evolved. The refined design balances budget limitations, school program and security needs, site constraints and deeply held community feelings towards Gresham High School. The outcome is a refined design that will meet school program and security needs while respecting more of the community’s desire to preserve the context of the building and, at the same time, create more of a gateway presence at the key intersection of Division and Main.

Timeline:

  • April 6, 2017: Reviewed downtown streetscape guidelines with City of Gresham Staff
  • April 12, 2017: Submitted “Early Design Assistance” documents to City of Gresham
  • April 17, 2017: Submitted “Land Use Pre-Application Conference” documents to City of Gresham
  • April 25, 2017: GBSD Bond Project Meeting with City of Gresham staff
  • May 3, 2017 : “Early Design Assistance” meeting with   Design Commission
  • May 10, 2017: “Land-Use Pre-Application Conference” with City of Gresham
  • May 10, 2017: Received “Early Design Assistance” summary from City of Gresham
  • June 6, 2017: City of Gresham Design Review Meetings
  • June 30, 2017: GBSD submitted new design to Gresham Design Review Commission
  • July 19, 2017: Next planned meeting with Gresham Design Review Commission

Community and Stakeholder Involvement

Gresham High School Staff Planning

  • At the request of the district, Principal Michael Schaefer convened a group of GHS teachers and staff to advise the district on their needs, desire and priorities for the GHS bond project. This building design team has spent numerous hours working with the architects and construction management team to provide important feedback as the design phase of the project has progressed.
  • January 25 – February 2, 2017 – Four half/full day meetings with GHS Site-Based Building Design Teams.  The ten participants spent over 28 hours reviewing and refining plans including site visitation to Roosevelt High School.
  • April 10-14, 2017 – All Staff (92 employees) opportunities to meet and discuss specific design needs with design team.
  • April 10-14, 2017 – Design team met with 7 student groups to solicit feedback on proposed design.
  • May 4-5 2017 – Further design development with staff on specific areas including Counseling, Administration, Safety & Security, Fine and Performing Arts/Auditorium
  • Monthly updates to all staff on progress including input at staff development meetings.
  • Surveys distributed to staff and available to public for input.

Community Presentations:

  • April 4, 2017 7:30am Public/Parent Presentation
  • April 4, 2017 6pm Public/Parent Presentation
  • June 5, 2017 6pm Neighborhood/Parent Presentation

Board & Community Input:

  • February 17, 2017 Board Retreat Project Overview and Introductions
  • May 4, 2017 Board Meeting Project Update and Design Presentation
  • June 1, 2017 Board Work Session Façade Study Presentation
  • June 8, 2017 Board Meeting Façade Study Presentation

Home of the Gophers

Principal:

Michael Schaefer

Project Manager:

Cheryl Pin
Cornerstone Management Group
cheryls@cornerstonemgi.com
503-329-2608

Architect:

Richard Higgins
BLRB Architects
rhiggins@blrb.com
503-535-0707

Contractor:

Justin Cook
Fortis Construction
justin.cook@fortisconstruction.com
503-459-4477

GBSD Community Relations
503-261-4558
gbsd@gresham.k12.or.us

Schedule

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
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Pre-Design / Design / Bid-Award
Construction / Closeout 21 Months

Legend

Pre-Design Design Bid-Award Construction Land Use Closeout