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Portland Public Schools

Portland, Oregon

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

Roosevelt Modernization

    A $92 million investment in North Portland.

    Phased Construction began Spring 2015

    Phase 1 Buildings ready for use: Fall 2016

    Construction completed:
    Fall 2017

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    Roosevelt High School is one of three high schools that will be modernized as part of the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond.
    Read the Roosevelt Fall 2016 Project Update here

Project Updates/Information

More New Spaces Coming Online Soon (Mid-Oct. 2016)
RHS students in Gym Aug 2016  
Students and staff are enjoying a new Roosevelt knowing that even more buildings will become available just after winter break and again next fall.  Work is moving ahead to complete the Auditorium, Black Box Theater, the New Commons and the Band room. These are scheduled to open after winter break in early 2017. In September, the Auditorium saw interior framing, with taping, and painting in progress. Interior finishes were also ahead moving ahead in the New Commons. In the Black Box Theater rough-in work took place.
RHS Demo Oct 2016
In October work on renovating the 1921 building really ramped up. A majority of the historic building has been abated and it is close to 80% complete on the demolition phase. Seismic upgrade work is also underway with the construction of sheer walls throughout the structure. These will help bring the nearly 100-year-old building into compliance with modern seismic standards and significantly improve the overall safety of the building in case of an earthquake.
RHS Commons
Throughout October the New Commons interior finishes will continue to move forward with substantial progress taking place over the next few weeks. Kitchen work is taking place this month with new stainless equipment starting to be installed towards the end of the month. The Auditorium and Black Box are also moving forward with interior finishes with some rough-in work continuing. Stage rigging for the new auditorium should start towards the end of October. The new Band Room area is in interior finish mode and this will continue into the next month.
Welcome Back to a New Roosevelt (August 2016)
When school starts in late August, students and staff will return to a transformed Roosevelt. Several brand new buildings will be ready including the two court Main Gymnasium and the school’s first Auxiliary Gym, a weight room, 33 general education classrooms plus several Career Technical Education (CTE) Classrooms that will house Industrial Arts / Construction Shop, STEM / Robotics Lab and the Writing / Digital Media / Publishing Center. Three new community program spaces will also be housed in the new facilities. These are the School-Based Health Center, Clothes Closet / Food Pantry and the SUN / STEP UP Offices.

Renovation work is complete on the former auditorium building, which will now serve as the new Media Center / Library with many new classrooms below. In just a few months, additional new facilities will open. These include the new Commons / Cafeteria, Band Room, state of the art Theater, and the Black Box theater classroom.
Performing Arts and Café / Commons Will Open After Winter Break

With the safety of students and staff being the highest priority, some revisions have been made to the building turnover plan that will impact the new Commons / Cafeteria, Band Room, Theater and Black Box theater classroom. These programs and activities will instead remain in the existing Cafeteria wing on North Central & North Ida for the Fall Semester.

Due to the necessary positioning of a high-boom crane necessary for renovating the historic 1921 Building, the decision was made to postpone opening the new Cafeteria / Commons and Band Room in the Fall. This was done to ensure the safety of students and staff due to the swing radius of the crane, as it brings in materials for the renovation. The location of the historic clock tower makes alternate positioning of the crane impossible.

For more details and to learn how this next phase of construction impacts students and staff view the new RHS Fall 2016 Construction Update FlyerEspañol | Soomaaliga


Documents, Images and Details

Read the new Roosevelt Project Fall 2016 Update
RHS Fall 2017 update  

RHS Fall 2016 Project Update

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Roosevelt construction letter
To view the previous project posts visit the RHS Modernization Document Archive page.

Got questions? Check out the Roosevelt Modernization FAQ's

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  • Project Alerts

    Important relocations for the 2016-17 School Year:

    Main Office: Now in the former Library
    Counseling Center: Now in Rm. L 165, Library Wing
    Family Room: Now in the South Portable
    Clothes Closet: Now in the Lower Ground Floor of the Media Center Bldg.

    Performing Arts and Café / Commons Will Open After Winter Break

    The new Commons / Cafeteria, Band Room, Theater and Black Box theater classroom are set to open after winter break. Currently, these programs and activities will remain in the existing Cafeteria wing on North Central & North Ida for the Fall Semester.

Project Schedule 

Phase II Construction Now Underway

Phase II Construction began in the summer of 2016 with the excavation of the central courtyard, which will be infilled and covered as an extension of the Commons / Cafeteria. This phase will also fully renovate the historic 1921 Building, that at completion will include: new classrooms, the Main Office, Counseling Center, Family Room and Albina Head Start.

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If you have construction related questions or concerns please call 1-866-686-1886
Office of School Modernization: 503-916-2222

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For general information about school building improvement bond projects email the Office of School Modernization.

Project Team 

Bassetti Architects is the Architecture Team for the Roosevelt High School Modernization. Bassetti has a strong background in both educational projects and historic buildings. The contractor for the project is Lease Crutcher Lewis.