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, CMP

Chapter Tour

November 16, 2018
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Grant High School (under construction)
2245 NE 36th Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members
Register now, max tour size is 60 people!


This school is under construction. All participants need to fill out the waiver and bring it with them.
Full PPE is required (hard hat, gloves, vest, eye cover/eyeglasses, appropriate footwear, sleeves, pants). No on-site parking, please allow time to find street parking.

Directly after the Grant HS tour, please join us at the Kennedy School Boiler Room pub for a post tour Happy Hour!
This casual event will give us time to discuss the Grant modernization, socialize with other A4LE members, and receive an update on the annual 20 Under 40 conference coming up in April. A brief recap of last years 20 Under 40 conference will also be provided. 
If you RSVP’d for the tour you will receive one drink ticket good for a beer, wine, or cider. 
The Kennedy School is located at 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211 and an Oregon/SW Washington A4LE Board member will be located at the front entrance of the pub to direct you to the reserved area.

Grant High School Grant High School
Grant High School Grant High School

While the environmental footprint of new construction dominates the discussion about sustainability goals, the successful reuse of existing facilities provides the biggest impact in regard to resource preservation. The Grant High School modernization exemplifies how the reuse of an existing structure can result in an effective high school learning environment that is not compromised, but instead enriched by its historic structure and character. Originally designed in 1923 in the typology of a double loaded corridor, the new design simply adds a 30-foot, three-story bay to the west side of the existing structure and stretches the circulation space to a width that can comfortably accommodate a central row of day-lit, open, enclosed, single-story, and multi-story resources for learners and educators.

In addition to providing additional space, this three-story addition with an open central stair, and tiered multi-story gathering spaces flanked at either end, has transformed a school that has struggled with limited to no daylight to 30% of its learning environments in five disparate inaccessible basement levels, into a unified, collaborative, and cohesive environment. Increasing the compactness of the original footprint and linking all spaces on the lower level creates a continuous three-story learning environment where everyone feels connected and in close proximity to both the outdoors and each other.

At the same time, the external relationships between the school and neighborhood communities are restored by removing structural barriers which have severed this external connectivity since the 1950's and brings the heart of the school back to the new student-focused center of campus. For the first time in decades the community can relate to and enjoy the facade of the original 1923 gymnasium, which is the new home of the arts department.

The modernization will propel Grant High School into the future while embracing and honoring its past.

Professional Team:
  • Architect: Mahlum
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Civil Engineer: BHE Group Landscape
  • Architect: Mayer/Reed
  • Mechanical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Electrical Engineer: Interface Engineering
  • Specialized Consultants (Acoustical, Lighting, Theater, Cost, Value Analysis):
    Theater: PLA; Food Service: Halliday Associates; AN, Acoustics & Vertical Transportation: Greenbusch Group, Historic: Peter Meijer; Envelope: Morrison Herschfield; Estimating: ALB
  • General Contractor: Andersen/Colas Construction

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2019 Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

May 29-31, 2019
Saskatoon, SK

Congratulations to the 2018 Scholarship Winner!

Ella Osterweil
Columbia River High School
Ella Osterweil

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Camas High School

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 or Katrina Shum Miller for more information.

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