The $92 million modernization of Roosevelt High School will begin starting this spring. Over the next two and a half years, Roosevelt will undergo a complete renovation through a multi-phase construction process.
Students will remain on campus during the modernization period, moving to different buildings. The project team has been working with the high school staff to minimize the disruption to the students.
Pre-construction starts during spring break with the closing of the gym and nearby classrooms. This will allow the first phase of construction to begin this summer. The initial focus is to renovate the historic theater building, a new visual arts wing and an upgraded gymnasium.
By the summer of 2016, construction will move into the historic main building of Roosevelt, updating offices and classrooms with seismic upgrades, new plumbing systems and all new IT technology throughout.
In 2017, the new student commons will be completed and open to students. Older buildings such as the library/arts wing, temporary facilities and the old cafeteria will be demolished and, lastly, site landscaping will begin. Landscaping is expected to finish in the winter of 2017.
The construction is part of a $482 million school improvement bond measure approved by Portland voters in 2012. The bond will also fund the modernization of Franklin and Grant high schools and provide seismic upgrades to other area K-12 schools.
To help prepare students, families, and community members, Portland Public Schools will be hosting a community forum on Thursday March 5 at 6p.m. in the Roosevelt Cafeteria.
The forum will discuss the phases of construction including the order of construction and the plans for setting up temporary facilities. The meeting will address how the project will affect extracurricular activities and the new academic programs being developed and expanded through the remodel.
Information will be provided regarding how construction will impact the neighboring community in terms of logistics, noise and parking.
Light refreshments and translators for Spanish and Somali will be provided. All interested St John’s residents and Roosevelt Families are encouraged to attend. This forum is free and open to the public.
Portland Public Schools will have a groundbreaking ceremony for the Roosevelt High School modernization on May 2.
For more information visit the Roosevelt Bond website: http://RooseveltBond.pps.net