Bethel School District Eugene OR

Malabon Elementary

Deconstruction Before The Construction

A major beam is lowered to the ground during the deconstruction of the Fairfield covered play structure.

A major beam is lowered to the ground during the deconstruction of the Fairfield covered play structure.

Official groundbreaking is in June, but work is already underway to make room for the new Fairfield Elementary School.

The covered play area is being removed – and recycled. Its footprint is close to where the front door to the new school will be located.

Preliminary work that doesn’t interfere with day-to-day operations will continue through the rest of the school year at Fairfield and Malabon schools, then construction on both new schools will begin in earnest once kids are away for summer.

Groundbreaking for the new Fairfield and Malabon schools will take place at each site on Thursday, June 12th.

All the work is made possible by the overwhelming community support for the Bethel bond measure.

Groundbreaking On The Horizon

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw points out some details of the new Malabon school at a well-attended public meeting.

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw points out some details of the new Malabon school at a well-attended public meeting.

The public had a chance to weigh in and now it’s full speed ahead on the final design plans for Bethel’s three new school projects.

Parents, kids, school neighbors and community members turned out for public meetings at Fairfield, Malabon and Willamette.

They liked what they heard about the detailed interior plans, the traffic flow and parking lot, sustainability features in the new schools, and the security and technology that’s being planned.

Willamette’s science addition is ready to go to bid, with ground breaking scheduled for early April.

Construction on the new Fairfield and Malabon schools will begin right when school ends in June.

New School Sneak Peek

The new Malabon school will be built behind the current school. Learn about all three Bethel school projects at a series of public meetings.

The new Malabon school will be built behind the current school. Learn about all three Bethel school projects at a series of public meetings.

The bulldozers aren’t quite poised and ready, but that’s not too far away.

Construction on Bethel’s new schools will begin during spring break with groundbreaking for Willamette’s new science and office building. Dirt will be turned for the new Malabon and Fairfield schools in June.

At the upcoming public meetings you can see the plans for yourself, meet the architects, learn about the security and sustainability features, and ask questions.

Join us for these public meetings and we’ll even feed you a little ice cream.

Fairfield: Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.
Malabon: Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
Willamette: Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.

One Year Later…

Fairfield kids swarmed the display boards showing the design of their new school.

Fairfield kids swarmed the display boards showing the design of their new school.

Happy anniversary! It was one year ago, last November 6th, when voters approved the Bethel bond measure with a 73% Yes vote. We couldn’t let the anniversary go by without offering more thanks for the overwhelming support from our community.

Now Bethel is seeing the results of that vote of confidence: Any day now will bring the first order of 1,000 much-needed new computers for our schools. They’ll be installed in December. And that’s just the first order.

Security cameras are now in place throughout the district. Classrooms have new, safer door locks and some have new carpet. The worst roofs have been repaired. Plans are in the works to select new textbooks. And the designs have been revealed for the new Fairfield and Malabon elementary schools and the Science addition at Willamette.

There is a lot more to come for our kids, but on this first anniversary we’re reminded that the generosity of the Bethel community is making it all happen.

Hoop Jumping And Red Tape Trimming

City and District representatives review pages of architects' plans to make sure they meet city code.

City and District representatives review pages of architects’ plans to make sure they meet city code.

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.

Focus Groups Zero In On Details

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw, Nicole Zwink (Safe Routes), Jennie Kolpak (Nutrition Services) and architect Henry Fitzgibbon dive into the details of Bethel's two new elementary schools.

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw, Nicole Zwink (Safe Routes), Jennie Kolpak (Nutrition Services) and architect Henry Fitzgibbon dive into the details of Bethel’s two new elementary schools.

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.

New School Designs Taking Shape

Architect Andrew Burke points out some features of the Malabon school design at the community's public meeting. He also shared a proposed 3D look of the new school.

Architect Andrew Burke points out some features of the Malabon school design at the community’s public meeting. He also shared a proposed 3D look of the new school.

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.

Click to see the preliminary concepts of how Fairfield and Malabon could be built.

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.

Wanted: Input On New Bethel Schools

In this photo captured by the Register-Guard's Paul Carter, Malabon mom Shanna Blickle and two of her children look at pictures of new school designs.

In this photo captured by the Register-Guard’s Paul Carter, Malabon mom Shanna Blickle and two of her children look at pictures of new school designs.

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.