It’s been 57 years since Malabon has seen a new school. Now the finishing touches are being put on the Bethel community’s beautiful new building. Here’s a look inside just weeks before teachers’ materials will be moved in.
Don’t look too closely. This is the sausage-making process, the necessary steps in order to have a wonderful finished product.
The process of meeting Eugene City code is underway as Bethel gets closer to breaking ground on new Fairfield and Malabon elementary schools and a science addition at Willamette High School.
The City brought Public Works, Planning and Development, Fire, Land Use, Zoning, and Green Building to the table at once to expedite the hoop jumping and help cut the red tape for Bethel’s architects and engineers.
Subjects like site reviews, transportation analysis, fire access, stormwater treatment, car and bike parking, landscaping, and other code requirements were clarified.
While design work for the new schools is progressing rapidly, the District will also be continuing this important process of meeting the numerous code requirements in order to start construction in 2014.
Now we’re getting into some specifics.
Media specialists know best how the school libraries work. Kitchen staff have good ideas on work flow in a school kitchen. Music teachers have particular needs to make their programs sing.
That’s why specific groups of Fairfield and Malabon staff members are being invited to provide input on the design of their new schools.
Architects from Soderstrom and project manager Pat Bradshaw are meeting with these Focus Groups to solicit details on what works best for their individual school programs.
Technology, Nutrition Services and Safe Routes to Schools were a part of the first Focus Group meetings, and still to come are representatives for Speech-Language, Music, Library and the front office.
Here is the updated proposed design of the Willamette High School science addition.
Soderstrom architects have detailed the brick siding of the wood-framed, two-story structure.
The south-facing windows would create light and bright classrooms, hallways and common areas.
Planning continues to progress with input from WHS science teachers and other staff, with construction expected to begin in early 2014.
The science addition could include a second-story greenhouse, a 90-seat horseshoe-shaped auditorium, and a new north-side entrance to the campus.
Featuring a sawtooth – or Wolverine claw – design, the new Willamette science building will provide a modern face for Bethel’s flagship school.
The preliminary design of the science addition could change before construction begins, but architects from Soderstrom have provided a starting point for the building that will go up where the current front office is located.
The Willamette science addition is being funded through the Bethel bond measure, passed overwhelmingly by voters last November.
The bond will also provide new textbooks and technology, repairs and upgrades throughout the District, enhance security measures at every school, and the complete replacement of Malabon and Fairfield elementary schools.
We’re beginning to get a clearer picture of what the new Fairfield and Malabon Elementary Schools will look like, and parents who’ve provided input like what they see.
Public meetings at each school invited feedback so Soderstrom Architects could incorporate specific ideas into the new buildings.
The two story structures will feature light-filled hallways and classrooms, prominent entrances, and separate areas so buses and parent traffic don’t mix.
The next public meetings for the elementary school projects are September 10th and 11th, when the designs will become much more detailed.
The community meeting for the Willamette science addition will take place Tuesday, June 11th, 7:00 p.m. in the WHS cafeteria. Everyone’s welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Willamette project will create an entirely new face for the school, so public input is needed.
The community’s help is needed. Together we will be determining the most effective ways to tune Bethel’s new schools to conform with sustainability practices.
Bethel’s architects will hold a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) workshop Wednesday the 29th, at 3:30 in the Willamette cafeteria.
In large and small groups you’ll be discussing child friendly materials, renewable materials, energy savings, water savings and a host of other sustainability topics. Included will be a discussion about potential HVAC systems and their energy consumption, life cycle costs and durability.
Sustainability decisions will be evaluated based on long-term value and cost effectiveness.
Your input is important.
This is the fun stuff. The community is being asked to weigh in on the location, design and character of Bethel’s two new elementary schools.
Malabon parents, neighbors and staff turned out for the first public meeting to offer thoughts about their neighborhood’s new school.
The Fairfield community gets to share its visions tonight at 6:00 in the school cafeteria, and there will be more opportunities to offer ideas in June.
All Bethel community members are encouraged to take this survey to help determine the look of the new Malabon and Fairfield schools. Designers from Soderstrom Architects want to know the style of school that will fit in those neighborhoods.
The new schools are scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2015 school year.
Read the Register-Guard article about the Malabon community meeting.
When trying to conceptualize a new school there’s no substitute for seeing the real thing. That’s why the Core Teams from Fairfield and Malabon visited two newer elementary schools in Salem that were designed by Bethel’s architects, Soderstrom.
The Core Teams, made up of volunteer staff and community members, saw for themselves how light and bright new schools can be. They learned more about school design and why certain parts of a school should be located in particular areas for both educational and operational efficiencies.
The Teams also witnessed how hallway pullout areas next to classrooms can be utilized as part of the instructional process.
Now they can use this knowledge to provide better input into the design of the new schools in Bethel.
A few weeks after being selected as the District’s architect, designers from Soderstrom Architects have met with Bethel staff to talk about creating new school buildings.
Henry Fitzgibbon and Andrew Burke listened to teachers at Willamette about a new Science addition at the school. It’s the first of many information sharing and gathering opportunities that will lead to modern Science classrooms at WHS.
The two architects also heard from the excited Fairfield and Malabon staffs, who are looking forward to new schools to replace their current buildings.
Smaller core teams from each school will include community members, and will continue to meet with architects from Soderstrom throughout the spring and summer to develop new elementary schools that meet the needs of the students, staff and the community.
The first community-wide meetings about the school designs are May 7th at Fairfield and May 8th at Malabon.