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Portland, Oregon

501 N. DixonPortland, OR 97227(503) 916-2000

Franklin Modernization

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    Franklin High School Modernization a $113 million investment in Southeast Portland.
     
    Construction began June 2015.
     
    Construction complete Fall 2017 
     
     
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    Franklin High School is one of three high schools that will be modernized as part of the school building improvement bond.

    For construction related issues, please call the Franklin construction line: 503 382-0900 

Project Updates/Information


Construction Updates February 2016
The Performing Arts Center takes shape
Perf arts ext  
In the Performing Arts Center auditorium, the backstage rigging equipment, counterweight systems and pulleys have been installed. All foundation work in the auditorium seating areas is complete and soon the wood paneling system at the walls and ceiling will begin. Work on the main elevator system is also underway. On the exterior, the two-story glass storefront enclosures, at the West and South elevations, will soon be complete.
auditorium seating
At the CTE/Maker Space, finish paint on interior walls, marks the drive toward completion of both the 1st and 2nd level of the classroom and workshop areas. In the new dance studio, the beautiful hardwood floor has begun to be installed. In the historic 1915 building drywall and finish coats of paint have brought classrooms, conference rooms and administration spaces closer to completion. Crews are even up at the clock tower, performing some structural repairs to the clock.

At the Student Commons, the walk-in freezer and coolers have begun to be assembled and installed. Upstairs, counseling and student support service offices are almost finished and the final coat of paint is being applied. Handrail systems at the second level balcony and an adjacent stairway, have been welded into place.
wood panel gym lobby
In the Gym/Biomedical/Culinary Arts building the historical heritage of the 101-year-old school is being showcased. Wood panels, salvaged from the original gym floor are being used as a decorative wall panel system at the trophy case area of the main gym lobby. Elsewhere the “Culinary Arts” classrooms will soon be ready for the kitchen equipment to be moved to final positions. At the main and auxiliary gymnasiums, all bleacher seating is now in place. Elsewhere, the classroom areas have had all specialty equipment installed. Outside, the work on the athletic field area signals the start of one of the final phases of active construction at Franklin.
 
Construction Updates January 2016
A New Year brings Franklin closer to completion
As the New Year begins under a blanket of snow it’s a good thing that most of the work on the Franklin has moved indoors.

In the Performing Arts building, concrete pours for the auditorium seating areas have begun. Work on the mechanical systems at the stage should soon be completed and the “Black Box” Theater has been insulated. At the Lobby entrance on the South side the adjacent hallway and glass “storefront” is nearly complete. At the CTE/Maker Space interior walls are now being painted on both the first and second floors. Installation of the dance studio floor has begun and Interior wall paint is nearly done.

In the historic 1915 building work in the West wing has progressed dramatically. Electricians have begun to wire all interior light fixtures and installation of specialty items, such as sink fixtures and lab equipment is underway. Finish paint is complete on most walls and new cabinets are being installed. Structural work for the new, main entryway staircases continues with installation set to occur in the next couple of months. On the East wing at the new Media Center/Library a new staircase has gone up and walls are being framed on the second level.

The new Student Center on the Southeast side of campus has a transformed interior. New finish paint and wall covering in the kitchen is almost finished.

The new gym has seen spectacular progress both hardwood floors of the main and auxiliary gym are in with only the application of a final finish to be added. The newly installed seating areas offer a compelling view from center court of the main gym. In the Culinary Arts classroom, the kitchen’s mechanical and ventilation system are almost finished. It’s worth noting that pieces of the original Franklin gym floor were salvaged and are being installed as architectural elements near the trophy case area to celebrate the long history of the school. Outside the new gym, the seating areas and concession stand are nearly finished.
 
Construction Updates November 2016
Great strides as the year comes to an end
 gym floor CU
Signs of robust progress can be found throughout the Franklin construction site as 2016 comes to a close. Nowhere is this more evident than in the new gym/biomedical/culinary arts building which will be completed around February of 2017. With the exterior nearly done the focus is now inside where cabinets and countertops in classrooms and offices are being installed. Ceilings and light fixtures have been installed throughout the main lobby, hallways and classrooms. In the locker rooms the lockers were installed and finish flooring has begun. Another significant milestone was achieved when the hardwood floor of the new gym was installed before the Thanksgiving holiday.
band room thumb
Great strides have also been made at the Performing Arts building. The auditorium has been framed, drywall is being installed and painting has begun. The backstage area of the main stage and the black box have been darkened out with black finish paint. Currently crews are setting concrete forms in preparation for the auditorium seating area work to begin. At the CTE/Maker Space, interior walls have been insulated and drywall installed on the first floor. Concrete stairs and handrails have been completed for the new stairway. On the exterior, almost all the windows frames have been installed. In the new Student Center, interior framing and mechanical/plumbing systems are nearing completion. Insulation and drywall work has begun on the first floor and will soon be moving to the second floor.
FHS ext window panel
At the main historic 1915 building entrance, all existing structural wood framing has been removed and the floor is currently under repair so that new staircase installation can begin. The administration offices and student store are taking shape again, with drywalling and painting underway. In the West Wing of the historic 1915 building, the new classroom spaces are nearing completion with the addition of cabinets, countertops, lab equipment, new ceilings and finished flooring. The stucco walls and ceilings of the original stairways have been repaired, enhancing the finish quality of the space.  In the new Media Center/Library in the East Wing all the subflooring and framing has been completed. Elsewhere, window restoration continues while the mechanical systems progress toward completion. Lower level classrooms and office space facilities are framed and will soon be ready for drywall installation.
Grandstand
Outside at the new concession stand area, exterior walls, roof trusses and the sub roof are complete. The new grandstands with a new press box and bleacher seating areas have seemingly grown up overnight. The athletic field lights are in place and ready for hook up. Throughout the campus, site work continues with ramps, roadways, sidewalks and parking lots being paved, poured or prepared for new, finish surfaces.
 
Construction Updates November 2016
Fall Brings Even More Progress
Gym window with workers lif  
In the Performing Arts Building the brick and masonry veneer exterior walls are nearly complete. Concrete has been poured and finished for all second level hallways and catwalks. Painting of the main auditorium has begun and should be completed in the coming weeks.

At the CTE/Maker Space building all steel framing has been finished. Overhead mechanical, electrical plumbing and window frame installation is nearing completion. Window installation has begun along the South and East exterior walls. Brick work on the exterior walls is finished.
painting in 1915 bldg
At the main historic 1915 building all structural steel has been completed. The grand stairs at the main entrance is being prepared for installation. The overhead work of mechanical, electrical and plumbing is nearing completion. Insulation and drywall are going up in rooms throughout the building in preparation for painting. Finish painting, at the West wing of the historic 1915 building is nearly complete and at the lower levels and flooring is going in. The cabinets have arrived for installation. The upper level and all stair ways of the West wing should be ready for finish painting within the coming week.
Student commons
At the new Student Center all exterior brick has been finished and all interior framing and mechanical / plumbing systems are nearing completion, ready for inspection and covering with drywall.
Gym from aux Nov 2
The exterior of the new gym/biomedical/culinary arts building is nearing completion and interior finish work is well underway. Installation of cabinetry and countertops are in progress. The basketball backboards and scoreboards at the main and auxiliary gyms have been installed. The hardwood flooring has been delivered and is being prepared for installation. The plumbing fixtures such as sinks and drinking fountains have been delivered, stored, and are ready for installation.
cabinets in Biomedical
At the concession stand area, the walls have been finished. The new grandstands are scheduled for delivery the beginning of November. Site work is also well underway. The new staff parking lot at the east side of the campus is ready for asphalt paving. Soon the areas between the new gym / culinary arts center and the main school building will have concrete work for walkways formed up and ready for concrete to be poured.
 
Historic Franklin Time Capsule is Handed Off
Franklin time capusle  
On November 1st school staff turned over the Franklin time capsule to the modernization contractor Skanska for later installation. The contents consisted of a variety of items, donated by teachers, staff, alumni, students, etc., which includes old yearbooks and Franklin gear (shirts, pom poms, cups, mugs, etc.) and plans for the new school. The time capsule was created by FHS student Shane Tavares and set to be opened in the year 2117.
 
Construction Updates October 2016 
Ben returns home as a busy a construction season continues
site from Gym windows

A sign of the considerable progress happening at the Franklin site was reached when ‘Big Ben’ was moved back into his final location overlooking the new track and field. At the Performing Arts building waterproofing of the exterior has been completed, the installation of exterior brick has begun and the decorative spiral staircases have been set in place. Metal framing of the walls has been completed along with plumbing and mechanical work on the main level. Installation of roof membrane is now underway.
 
In the new CTE/Maker Space framing on the main level is complete along with framing and drywall installation on the second level. New window frames are being installed on both levels together with sound-proofing insulation over the shops and classrooms. Roofing has been installed as well as photovoltaic panels. Exterior brick veneer installation is complete along the East wall and progressing on the West and South walls.
Brick work
The exterior brick veneer at the Student Center nearly complete while framing and overhead mechanical installations are in progress. Installation of the frames for the new windows is also nearing completion.  The renovation of the historic 1915 building continues with framing, drywall, painting, and ceiling grid installations highlighting the build-back of the previously demolished classrooms. Demolition of the remaining structure in the main lobby is taking place in preparation for the installation of the new grand stairs. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing rough-in work is being completed throughout the building. Installation of the rehabilitated historic windows continues as well.
Old theater
The brick veneer on the west side of the new Gym/ Biomedical/ Culinary Arts building has been completed. With drywall installations and painting on all levels in progress, the interior is shaping up. The installation of the new elevator has also begun. The concession stands and grand stands have begun to take shape as well. The base slab for the concession stands have been placed as well as the footings for the new grandstands. Plumbing rough-in also began. Site preparation continued continues with the backfill of the bus turnaround and stairway/ramp South of the new Athletic Building.
 new gym

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Franklin exterior brick work Dec 13 2016

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Seismic Upgrading of the Historic Campus is Underway
In the lower levels of the older building portions of the existing concrete floors have been removed in preparation of installing seismic upgrades to the existing historical building. The seismic work also includes reinforced concrete shear walls that will soon be formed and poured. Franklin High was awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant for seismic rehabilitation. Learn more here.

 
 

Get Connected


Get connected to receive updates and events notices. Join the Franklin project mailing list: FHSMod@pps.net

Office of School Modernization Phone: 503-916-2222

If you have construction related questions or concerns please contact, Johnny Metoyer, PPS Franklin Construction Manager at jmetoyer@pps.net Or Skanska Project Manager,Trevor Wyckoff, at trevor.wyckoff@skanska.com

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Construction Info


The construction schedule is typically 7am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. However work may occur on some evenings and some weekends.

Starting June 22, 2015 the Bicycle/Pedestrian path through the Franklin site will be closed until September 2017
  • Project Team 


    The award winning DOWA-IBI Group/SERA Architects is the project design team for the modernization of Franklin High School. Skanska is the prime contractor for the modernization.

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