ROSA PARKS ELEMENTARY

Portland Public School and Boys & Girls Club
Education Facility Power & Lighting, Electrical Engineering, Telecommunications Design, Energency Generator System Design, LEED GOLD Certification


Home to nearly 500 K-6 students, Rosa Parks School opened in North Portland, Oregon, in time for the 2006-2007 school year and earned a LEED Gold rating in August 2007. The 67,000-square-foot school is arranged in quadrants, each of which houses five classrooms, a resource room and other support areas organized around a central “neighborhood commons.”

The green framework not only reduced operational expenses and provided a healthier school environment but complemented and supported the educational mission of the school, which was the primary goal. – John Weekes, AIA, Dull Olson Weekes Architects, Inc.

Rosa Parks Elementary School was a particularly rewarding project for Reyes Engineering as it gave us the opportunity to collaborate on the first LEED Gold certified school on the West Coast. Located at 8960 North Woolsey Avenue in the Portsmouth neighborhood of North Portland, Rosa Parks Elementary School is nestled in the heart of the innovative New Columbia Development.

With the vision of creating a community campus, th project consisted of a new 45,147 square feet 550-capacity school area linked to a new 11,071 square feet Boys and Girls Club, by a 10,645 square feet shared use area. The project also included a new 9,912 square feet gymnasium. The shared use area houses a cafeteria and rooms for art, music and computers and is used by the school during the day and by club members after school hours.

Reyes Engineering contributed to the projects’ LEED GOLD certification goals by utilizing daylighting calculations and modeling, extensively incorporating daylight harvesting, and by installing light pollution calculations and power monitoring systems for energy conservation. Energy models suggested the campus would be 29% more efficient than Oregon Energy Code requirements, and the school has already realized 25% in energy savings.