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.
The Benson Design Advisory Group (DAG)
The goal of the Benson Polytech DAG is to develop comprehensive, equitable, integrated and visionary high school campus plans and schematic designs with authentic school community engagement. The DAG consists of a group of parent, teacher, student, alumni, industry and community stakeholder representatives who are involved in the development of the design for the modernized Benson Polytech High School.
DAG Meeting Notes & presentations
For information on the previous work on master planning Benson undertaken in 2016, please reference the MPC documents below.
The Benson Master Planning Committee (MPC)
The Benson Master Planning Committee (MPC) was a group of school and community stakeholder representatives who worked together to help provide feedback for the Benson Tech master plan. View the Benson Master Planning Committee Roster
MPC members also synthesized community-wide input and shared the evolving details of the project to others in the community. While MPC members did not make decisions, their input was crucial in creating a design that the entire Benson community can be proud of. Read the Benson MPC charter here.
Benson MPC #14_Meeting Minutes 4-16-18
BPHS Ed Spec Comparison for Discussion 4-16-18
Ed Spec Utilization Tables-Adjustment-3-22-18
BPHS Scheme L Original Preferred 4-30-18
BPHS Cost Reduction Scenarios-DRAFT 4-30-18
Benson Cost Reduction Calculations-DRAFT 4-30-18
Public Design Workshops
During the master planning process two Public Design Workshops and an Open House took place providing the greater Benson community a voice in the design process.
Benson modernization Info-flyer
Attention incoming 8th grade students & families
Benson moves to Marshall during the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years
While the existing campus undergoes modernization during the 2021-22, 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, Benson Polytechnic will be temporarily located at the Marshall Campus on SE 92nd Ave. Plans are moving forward to accommodate all programs at the new site. We realize this change may impact your decision about attending the school. So please consider this change as you make your school choice decisions.
School Board supports expanded Benson modernization plan
A separate new Multiple Pathways to Graduation (MPG) building on the Benson parking lot to include: Alliance, DART/Clinton, Teen Parent Childcare, Reconnection Services & Program. In the modified Benson Master Plan, additional classroom space will be allocated within the Benson Polytechnic High School campus to accommodate Portland International Scholars (PISA), Pioneer High School, Portland Evening and Portland Summer Scholars and Portland Virtual Scholars. This increases budget to $330M
Benson remains on schedule to begin construction in 2021
To ensure the Benson project remains on schedule, the Board of Education expects to undertake a future capital bond campaign in 2020 to support the Benson campus construction, among other projects. This will supplement the remaining money from the 2017 Bond allocated to the Benson project. If a bond is not referred or passed by voters in 2020, the Benson project, inclusive of the MPG dedicated building, is expected to be completed by a Full Faith and Credit Bond.
Benson Tech/MPG programs will relocate during construction
In order to increase safety and project efficiency, all students and staff will be temporarily relocated during construction:
Benson staff and students, including Pioneer High School programs, will relocate to the Marshall Campus on SE 92nd Ave.
PISA will relocate to the Madison High School Campus.
Alliance High School, Reconnection and DART/Clinton will relocate to the Kenton Campus.
Evening & Summer Scholars will relocate to Grant High School.
Benson additional documents
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.