Benson Polytechnic High School is one of 3 PPS high schools being modernized through the May 2017 Bond. It was partially master planned as part of the 2012 School Building Improvement Bond. Phased three year construction on Benson Tech is scheduled to begin in 2021. Learn more about Benson High School here.
January 2022 - Exterior demolition is more than halfway done.
Demolition is fully underway on the former Benson shop spaces and the north side of the building.
The demolition and roof removal work on the north shop wing (C wing) has exposed details of the historical sawtooth roofing. A style of construction no longer common.
In the center of the campus, excavation work involves removing the remaining boiler room basement walls.
Inside the building, large steel beams are being installed to support the historic main 1916/1917 building prior to excavation below the main level floor. The excavation is required to accommodate new mechanical systems, access tunnels, and the structural retrofit.
Interior demolition continues in the auditorium around the stage.
The work exposed some amusing "cultural artifacts", graffiti from students of decades past that were hidden behind the walls.
On the outside of the building's north side along Irving Street, shoring and structural supports are being put in place to prepare for the construction of Building B's new basement. The lower levels of Building B's are being remodeled to include future Benson music spaces.
December 2021 - Demolition is progressing. Interior renovation underway.
Significant demolition has taken place on Significant demolition has taken place on the site with a focus on the later addition buildings that were clustered in the center of the site. The campus buildings and wings that are being removed include the 1953 Automotive/Aeronautics building, the 1917 boiler house, the 1991 band room addition, the 1953 science addition, and the 1991 library and health occupations addition.
These buildings and wings are being removed to make way for the future social and CTE courtyard areas.
Elsewhere the historic brick walls facing Irving street and Buckman field have been braced to stabilize them prior to the demolition of the shop building. The walls will be renovated and remain as part of the future building.
Additionally, historic brick salvage is underway and nearly complete.
On the inside of the main 1917 school building structural framing and hollow clay tile wall upgrades have begun.
Most of the school's historic windows have also been removed, and will be rehabilitated prior to reinstallation later in the modernization process.
Sept 2021 Demolition has begun
Demolition on the former auto shop is underway.
Work is also taking place in the gym to shore up the existing wall in preparation for rennovation of the historical space.
Many of Benson's historic windows have been removed and will be sent out to be refurbushed for later reinstallation.
August 2021 Groundbreaking
Benson Polytech Project FAQ
Transportation to the Marshall Campus information for fall 2021-22
Benson modernization Info-flyer
Benson Online Construction Impacts
What Is Modernization?
Benson's proposed modernization will completely reconfigure and update learning spaces with a focus on indoor environmental quality, sustainability and historic preservation. Full modernizations retain the historic character of the school while bringing those buildings up to code and concurrently creating a more modern learning environment. This is considered the most cost-effective, sustainable way to improve Benson, due to age, condition and historic significance.
View an info-graphic that describes factors that influence the design of a future Benson High School
Bassetti Architects is the architecture firm selected for the modernization of Benson Polytechnic High School. Since 1947, Bassetti Architects has designed places where people learn, work, play, and connect. They believe that architecture is most successful when it reflects client goals and thoughtfully interacts with the surroundings. The firm approach is to share their creative synergy and to join with clients and the community in a truly inclusive process with a commitment to excellence.
Andersen Construction is a Portland based, family owned general contractor that was founded in 1950. The company has grown steadily over the past 70 years, building many Portland landmarks including the OHSU Knight Cancer Research Building , Grant Highschool and the (renovated) St. Vincent Hospital patient tower. The Andersen Construction Foundation is an active philanthropic partner with many local community give back programs.