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Lower School, Oregon Episcopal School

Boy, did we ever make the right choice. Seeing our new school with the students bringing it to life filled me with amazement.

Randa Cleaves Abramson
Former Director of Development, OES

Portland, Oregon
43,000 SF
Completed 2016

Client Notes
Create a new Lower School that promotes the exchange of knowledge and creativity among students, encourages experimentation, and embraces nature as a teaching tool.

Designer Notes
Using the school's inquiry-based pedagogy as a driving theme for the design, the building itself encourages exploration and experimentation both inside and out. Child-centric and supportive learning spaces include flexible classrooms, dedicated group collaboration spaces, a science lab, an art studio, a dining and performance space, and a new green commons space. On a path to net zero, the building teaches students about sustainability through visible storm water management systems, natural materials and finishes, and naturally lit classrooms.

2030 Compliant
Net Zero Energy Ready / Naturally Ventilated
Sustainability PDF

Featured tour, AIA Committee on Education Conference
WoodWorks Wood Design Award: Wood in Schools, 2018

Cascade Hall & Student Union, Portland Community College

Cascade Hall & Student Union, Portland Community College

Russell T. Joy Building, University of Washington, Tacoma

Russell T. Joy Building, University of Washington, Tacoma

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