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Rosa Parks Elementary School

IBI Group led the design of Rosa Parks Elementary School, a mixed-use partnership project located in the recently reconstructed New Columbia, the largest low-income housing revitalization project in Oregon’s history. This landmark project is Portland Public School’s first “green” development.


Client
Portland Public Schools
Location
Portland, OR
2016 Completed
67,000 sq ft Completed

The Community Campus at New Columbia is a mixed-use partnership project located in the recently reconstructed New Columbia, the largest low-income housing revitalization project in Oregon history. The project was conceived as a public/private partnership including a new K-6 school, Boys & Girls Club, and a revitalized Parks & Recreation Community Center, on land donated by the Housing Authority of Portland.

The Community Campus concept, and a new way of addressing the needs of the whole child, provided new opportunities in design. Simple design characteristics like a welcoming entry, a friendly front office, and spaces for professional collaboration were combined with small learning communities (SLCs), creating a small school atmosphere to promote great academic and personal success.

Projected to reduce energy consumption by 30 per cent, that savings has been exceeded. The school is a naturally lit educational environment designed to be a sustainable learning laboratory. With photovoltaic cells providing real-time readouts of energy consumption on displays in the school and classrooms, to 100 per cent retention of stormwater, to a community garden, Rosa Parks School is Portland Public School’s first “green” development.

Partners could have spent $34 million to develop their projects individually; by working together, sharing space, and aligning programs, the Campus was developed for $17 million.

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