Integrating weather-withstanding design with interactive education



This new $52M middle school in Beaverton, Oregon opened its doors in September 2016.

Designed as a learning tool, the building features exposed steel x-braces (allowing students to learn how the building is engineered to withstand an earthquake), an interactive weather monitoring system on the roof that provides the students with wind speed/direction education, and an interactive solar kiosk provided by Bonneville Environmental Foundation which provides solar data via a secure iPad.

Currently the building serves as a swing school for the Springville K-8 students to serve as overflow space for the currently crowded campus. It will later house Vose Elementary School students, followed by Hazeldale, William Walker and finally, the Arts & Communication Magnet Academy while those schools are demolished and rebuilt.

Rider Levett Bucknall provided cost management and reconciliation services from design through construction of this 165,000 SF new Middle School in Beaverton, Oregon. Upon completion, this new facility will house up to 1,100 new students and provide for a complete academic curriculum supporting grade levels 6-8.

Images © Josh Partee 2017

At a glance

  • Client
    Beaverton School District
  • Services
  • sector
    Education & Research
  • Location
    Beaverton, United States