A New Year brings new facilities (Jan. 2016)
At the end of Winter Break Roosevelt staff and students returned to a campus that had once again been transformed. This January, several new spaces are opening including the Writing / Digital Media and Publishing Center
, a state of the art Theater
, Black Box theater classroom
, new Band Room with practice spaces and the new Commons / Cafeteria
with its new kitchen facilities
. The new Commons, a favorite of the students
, will serve as a community gathering space and open learning area.Band teacher Jason Margolis was thrilled
to return from winter break and move into his new space
. “It’s like the holiday season keeps on giving.” He said enthusiastically. I’ve been dreaming about this day for months. The completion of these spaces completes Phase 1B of the Roosevelt Modernization.
Phase II, underway since this summer, will fully renovate the historic 1921 Building, that at completion will include: new classrooms, the Main Office, Counseling Center, Family Room and Albina Head Start. Seismic sheerwalls will be completed this month and structural framing will begin on the ground floor of the West wing. Significant progress has also been made on the extension to the Student Commons area.
New spaces to open after Winter Break (Dec. 2016)
After the first of the new year, several new and modernized spaces will become available
to the staff and students of Roosevelt. In the Black Box theater interior finishes are complete
and soon fixtures and equipment will be installed. In the new theater, lighting and stage rigging have been installed
. Drywall and finished paint is occurring
throughout the space and the decorative sound baffles, that utilize some the former auditorium’s wooden seats
have been installed. The flooring for the stage is going in this week
and the new theater seats have been delivered and will be installed in the coming weeks. The new Band/choir room is substantially complete
. Its floor has been waxed making it ready for furnishing. In the Journalism and Writing Center/Digital Media Space
flooring and finish painting is taking place. New furniture will be installed in the coming weeks. In the new commons / kitchen
the new ventilation and exhaust system has been put in place and kitchen appliances are being installed in the coming weeks. Near the end of the month, Roosevelt’s existing kitchen facilities will be moved from the old kitchen to the new commons/kitchen in preparation for its opening after winter break. Abatement and demolition at the 1921 building is now complete
. Major load-bearing concrete shear walls have been installed
in the West Wing. Sheer walls in the South and East Wing will be poured in the coming weeks. These new shear walls will greatly improve the seismic safety
of the modernized building.
Finishing Touches on More New Spaces (Nov 2016)
The Roosevelt High School Modernization project continues to move forward with more new buildings preparing to come online soon. Interior finishes at the Black Box theater space are complete. The Black Box is currently staged with furniture
, fixtures and equipment (FFE) for the auditorium which is planned to be available after winter break in early 2017. Substantial progress has been made in the auditorium
. Drywall is going up and lighting and stage rigging will be brought in by the end of November. Floor finishing and carpeting are expected to be complete in early December. In the band/choir room
workers are painting interior walls and laying down flooring. It is scheduled to be furnished during the winter break and open for class in January 2017. Dry walling and ceiling installation are in progress in the Journalism & Writing Center/Digital Media space
. It too expected to be open after winter break. Work on the new commons and the commons kitchen
is finishing up. Students and teachers will likely see a brand new cafeteria with spacious dining area in the east wing when they return for Spring Semester 2017.Renovation at the 1921 building is well underway
. Abatement work and demolition
are nearly complete and concrete sheer wall construction is proceeding. The sheer walls will bring the historic building up to modern seismic safety code standards. Unforeseen conditions, such as uneven floor elevations and unreinforced masonry provide the project team’s engineers and architects with challenges to meet but the work proceeds on target. In the next couple of weeks, the construction team will continue to work on structural improvements
of the historical building.
More New Spaces Coming Online Soon (Mid-Oct. 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.
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.
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.