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 Presentation

May 18, 2021
3:30 – 5:30 pm Pacific

Five Oaks Middle School

Five Oaks Middle School
Five Oaks Middle School
Five Oaks Middle School
This tour will feature the newly expanded and renovated Five Oaks Middle School in the Beaverton School District. Five Oaks Middle School’s existing one-story building was originally constructed in 1976 with an open classroom design. Alterations in subsequent years led to inharmonious configurations, which required passage through one classroom to reach another. This also resulted in interior classrooms with no natural light, inadequate science labs, a front office without control over building access for visitors, and limited gymnasium capacity. Our designs modernized the building, addressed repair requirements, added science lab support areas, and expanded teaching areas. Our work also includes modification of the school entry to control access through a single point of entry at the administrative office, HVAC replacement, and finishes upgrades throughout. Work was performed in three phases on an occupied site.

This school is unique in that it houses multiple programs, including Five Oaks Middle School, the Rachel Carson program, and a community garden that is in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank. The design team capitalized on the strength of bringing different programming together, by creating adjacent outdoor learning spaces for each program to work alongside each other. The design of the school emphasizes the relationship between nature and the building, by including biophilic designs throughout the school and incorporating oak trees into motivational designs on the wall. In-house graphic designers designed graphics that play into the larger sustainability message of the project, which encouraged the use of sustainable materials and re-use of trees cut down. From the start, the project chose the sustainable route by keeping the existing building and greatly reducing carbon output by not rebuilding from the ground up.

Architect of Record: Bassetti Architects
Landscape Architect: Walker Macy
Structural Engineer: Catena Consulting Engineers
Electrical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Civil Engineer: Mazzetti, Inc.
Mechanical Engineer: PAE Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Contractor: Kirby Nagelhout Construction
Specialized Consultants: The Greenbusch Group, Inc. – Acoustical/ Audio Visual Design Consultant

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20


Registration closes at 9:00 am Pacific on May 17, 2021. The link will be sent to all registered participants after registration closes.

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.

Upcoming Events

May 18, 2021
Beaverton Public Schools Tour
Five Oaks Middle School

June 8, 2021
Vancouver Public School Tour
Truman Elementary School

July 1, 2021
Portland Public Schools Tour
Kellogg Middle School

July 14, 2021
Seaside School District Tour
Seaside Middle School & Seaside High School

August 4, 2021
Bend School District Tour
Bend Sr. High School

April 29 – May 2, 2022
Pacific Northwest Regional Conference
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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!”

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