The rebuilt Grant High School will retain the historic front portico, and the original second-floor library will be reclaimed, according to designers for the project. The old, small gymnasium also will be retained, but it may become an arts complex or other community asset with weekend use, according to some projections.
The Portland School Board has unanimously approved the overall master plan for a rebuilt, 300,000-square-foot school at 2245 N.E. 36th Ave. It is expected to enroll 1,700 students. Grant improvements are expected to cost $81 million of a $482 million bond approved by voters in 2012 for improvements to several schools.
The rebuilt school will have a variety of learning spaces of various sizes. Plans also call for a centrally located student center, with a cafeteria and media center, to be adjacent to a courtyard and serve as the heart of the school,
Mahlum Architects will continue detailed design work for the next few months, then move to final design and construction documents between spring 2016 and 2017. A public workshop on design details is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 9 in the Grant library.
Construction is scheduled from summer 2017 to summer 2019. During that time, students will have classes at the Marshall High School campus, 3905 S.E. 91st Ave.
Some parents are questioning how students will get to Marshall. As a result, a transportation subcommittee has formed under the Design Advisory Group of volunteers who provide community input for the rebuild team. Portland high school students have been receiving free Tri-Met passes for transportation. Special education students will continue to be transported by yellow school buses, the district said. Many Grant students will have 40- to 47-minute rides to Marshall via Tri-Met, according to figures gathered by rebuild staff members. However, students in the Sabin, King and Boise-Eliot/Humboldt attendance areas would have 51- and 52-minute rides. Bike travel times would be shorter for all students, according to rebuild staff figures.
In addition to Grant, Roosevelt and Franklin high schools are undergoing rebuilding, which includes upgrading for earthquakes. Plans to replace the 1950s Faubion elementary school also are continuing. Benson, Madison and Lincoln high schools are next in line for modernization.