Lakeridge Junior High School Rebuild

Lakeridge Junior High School Replacement – Project Update January/February 2019


    Bond Team for this project includes:

    Tony Vandenberg, Program Manager
    Paul Eskeldson, Senior Project Manager
    Kate Miller, Project Coordinator


    • The Bryant parking lot was permanently closed at the start of winter break to facilitate construction of the new Lakeridge Junior High School building. This has resulted in increased congestion in the main parking lot. Parents are strongly encouraged to adopt environmentally friendly approaches for dropping off and picking up students: school bus, carpooling, riding bikes, or walking

    • The continuation meeting with the Development Review Commission (DRC) was held on January 7 to provide additional information requested by the DRC regarding modeling used for the traffic study and to determine if eight specified trees could be maintained instead of removed as currently planned. The additional information was acceptable to the DRC, and they approved moving forward with the project

    • Temporary classrooms and gym
    1. Final inspections for the classrooms and restrooms were performed on January 4 and students started attending classes on January 7. Teachers were allowed into their classrooms beginning December 26 for set-up
    2. The site continues to operate on the temporary generator. The original generator was replaced with a cleaner-burning model after complaints were received from some neighbors. The new generator complies with EPA's highest standard, Tier 4
    3. Construction in the gym is wrapping up with electrical, data, and fire alarm installation

    • Interior abatement of the Bryant buildings started on January 15 and removal of windows started on January 22 after the construction fence was installed

Lois D. Cohen Associates Create School-based Community Outreach Program

  • Intro:

    Students are the primary beneficiaries of capital improvements to their schools, but they are often left out of discussions about how those improvements happen. As part of Lake Oswego School District’s on-going commitment to community engagement in the school bond process, the district team partnered with public involvement firm Lois D. Cohen Associates (LCA) to create a school-based community outreach program to increase Lake Oswego students’ understanding of, and participation in, the exciting improvements happening in their schools as part of the 2017 Lake Oswego School Bond Project.

    What we did:

    This program was kicked off in the fall of 2018 when LCA met with twelve 8thgrade Lakeridge Jr. High School students to discuss the school bond projects and what leaders in their school community hoped to achieve as a result of these projects. Students then presented what they had learned to a community open house in September. Now these junior high schoolers are ready to present what they’ve learned about the school bond measure to elementary schools across the district.

    In addition to the 8thgrade focus groups, LCA visited Lakeridge Jr. High teacher Catherine Melton’s classroom to facilitate a civics lesson and role-play activity. During this visit, students performed a mock city council meeting and presented arguments that address the complexity of balancing different schools’ needs, community perspectives, and importantly, available resources. 


    As they continue to learn about school bond projects that will affect their classrooms and their schools, the hope is that these students will become school and project ambassadors, connecting with both current and future Lake Oswego students. By being involved, students have an opportunity to understand the political process through which voters approve capital improvement projects, as well as gain a better understanding of the projects themselves, perhaps ultimately helping to create a sense of ownership for the projects that directly affect their schools.

Lakeridge Junior High School Replacement

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Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building's entry

Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building showing the entry

Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building's courtyard

Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building's courtyard

Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building's front door

Rendering of new Lakeridge Junior High building's front door
Community members holding signs stating what they wish for in the new junior high