Auburn Elementary School Addition & Remodel

The extensive 83,000 sf addition and renovation project at Auburn Elementary School replaced the portable classrooms that had previously been used to accommodate the district’s enrollment growth. A new 26,600 sf, two-story classroom building was added to the south of the existing building and incorporates new classrooms, a staff lounge, and a two-story cafeteria and commercial kitchen with 72-foot-long and 6-foot-tall glue lams beams. The additions also included a 4,000 sf multi-purpose room and gymnasium to the east side of the existing building. Finally, a new covered entry and secure main lobby was added, creating a secured vestibule and connecting the existing classroom and gym buildings.

The 20,000 sf remodel consisted of an HVAC system replacement, including new furnace and air conditioning units, and relocating various spaces throughout the building, requiring asbestos abatement. The existing administration area was relocated next to the new secured vestibule, transforming its former space into new classrooms in just three months over the summer. The former cafeteria was replaced with new classrooms and space for the new Educational Resource Center (ERC) program. Additionally, the existing library was renovated and seismically upgraded.

Site work included a new parking lot, asphalt ball court, and new covered play area. All work was completed while the school was occupied and during the height of the pandemic.

  • Location|Salem, OR
  • SF|54,000
  • Owner|Salem-Keizer School District
  • Architect|Opsis Architecture