Oregon / SW Washington Chapter

The geographic area served consists of the state of Oregon and the area of Southwest Washington.

Region / Chapter Member Care Manager: Donna Robinson, CMM, CMP

Virtual Chapter Tour

December 1, 2020
4:30 PM – 1 Hour

Gresham High School

Tour Guide: Richard Higgins

Whether or not they are landmarked, historic schools hold a special place in the hearts of the communities they serve, and there are many nuances to be considered in the decision to rehabilitate or replace these iconic architectural gems. The rehabilitation and reconstruction of Gresham High School (GHS), originally built in the 1940s, embodies a successful resolution of one of the key challenges for historic school rehabilitation: preserving community and architectural legacy while providing contemporary learning space that supports a 21st century curriculum.

Selective demolition and reconstruction of nearly 70% of the high school afforded the opportunity to create agile learning spaces and infuse multiple sustainable strategies. A multi-phased, 30-month construction schedule enhanced both operational and financial efficiency by allowing the 2,000-student body to remain on site and minimized the expense of off-site student and program relocation during construction.

The preservation and creative repurposing of historic features maintains legacy while breathing new life into what was viewed by some as simply "old". Monolithic statues of the Greek muses from the school’s facade, for instance, were carefully removed and restored, and now have prominence in a Muse Garden, a courtyard that offers visual interest from the interior, and outdoor space for learning and reflection. Other architectural legacy features are infused throughout.

Learning and teaching are no longer confined by the rigid interior organization of an early 20th century high school. Now, flexible and adaptable learning spaces, light, open circulation, and multiple outdoor learning areas fully support GHS' contemporary educational program and greatly enhance interior environmental quality.

For school planners faced with the prospect of rehabilitating a beloved but outdated facility, Gresham High School illuminates the possibilities for providing the capacity, feeling and features of a contemporary, sustainable learning environment while respecting and preserving the legacy and character of a historic, much-loved school.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn specific measures for sustainable design including Energy and resource conservation measures include a high-efficiency mechanical system, energy recovery air handling system, low flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting throughout.
  • Attendees will gain insight to how the facility design demonstrates Adaptability to Changes in Educational Delivery
  • As an originally historic building, attendees will learn how the Architectural elements from the original school were salvaged and repurposed.
  • Attendees will observe the innovative solutions to transforming the iconic building into one with light-filled spaces, social gathering spaces, a temperature-controlled environment, and views to the outdoors. Equally innovative was phasing construction across 30 months while students remained on campus.

Design Team:
Architect: BLRB Architects
Landscape Architect: Cameron McCarthy
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Civil Engineer: Humber Design Group
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Contractor: Fortis Construction Inc.
Specialized Consultants:
Acoustical: Stantec
Lighting: LUMA
Theater: PLA Design
Exterior Building Enclosure: Forensic Building Consultants
Interior Signage: Anderson Krygier, Inc.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $10

Must register and attend to receive AIA CEU (pending)



2021 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

Heroes Within Us April 29 – May 2, 2021
Heroes Within Us
The Nines
525 Southwest Morrison Street
Portland, OR 97204
Click here for more information and to register for the conference.

Call for Heroes!

The Heroes within us theme of the PNW 2020 conference will highlight regional Hero stories from each Chapter. We invite you to submit individuals or groups who have done something extraordinary and made a difference in improving places where children learn. We are looking for Heroes in our schools, students, teachers, administrators, board members, parents, community members, AEC professionals, trades and product representatives. The 2020 conference will celebrate the advancement of education by the effort of many diverse people. Heroes will be featured on the web site and at the conference with social media and displays.

Click here to submit your Hero Today!

Mentors Needed

Would you like to share your knowledge of architecture, engineering, and construction with middle school students and helps shape their understanding of what our built environment in the future could be like? The Oregon and Southwest Washington Chapter is looking for volunteers to be mentors for middle school students in the Metro area as they participate in the SchoolsNEXT Design Competition, which challenges student teams to design their “school of the future”. Mentors will work directly with students and their teachers, and can volunteer for as much time as they are able. Planning, design, construction and operations knowledge in all fields and skills are welcome. The competition starts in Fall and concludes with the Chapter competition in March. This is a great opportunity to educate our sustainability leaders of the future! Contact Robert Allen for more information.

2021 Chapter Scholarship

The Oregon / SW Washington Chapter Scholarship is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program designed for graduating students who seek financial support for their pursuit of post-secondary educational opportunities in similar fields represented by members of the Association.

The amount of this Scholarship will be $2,000.

Click here for more information and to download the Application form.

Deadline: March 31, 2021

2020 Scholarship Winners

Both of the recipients for the 2019-2020 Oregon/SW Washington Chapter scholarship graduated from Camas High School. Congratulations to Sarah and Thomas!
Sarah Chelsey Sarah Chelsey
Camas High School
Samueli School of Engineering
Sarah Chelsey is attending UCLA where she is entering in the Samueli School of Engineering. Sarah says, “this scholarship is an endorsement of my academic endeavors and degree pursuit. I hope to honor this endorsement by contributing meaningful research to the biomedical community.”
Thomas Hull Thomas Hull
Camas High School
Montana State University
Thomas Hull is attending Montana State University. “It is truly an honor to receive the A4LE OR/SW WA Chapter Scholarship this year. I am currently studying conservation biology and ecology at Montana State University, and I hope to one day become a field biologist. 2020 has been a complicated year to say the least, which has not made the transition to college easy. However, thanks to this award, I can invest more time into my schoolwork and clubs and less time into worrying about how I will pay for my education. Thus, this scholarship will go a long way in helping me accomplish my education and career goals, so thank you to everyone at A4LE!”

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Annual Chapter Sponsors!


Bassetti OH PCS


Lease Krutcher Lewis KPFF Mahlum

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