New Beginning & Lower School

Project Info

Oregon Episcopal School
Portland, Oregon
43,000 sf
Completed 2016

Oregon Episcopal School’s new Beginning and Lower School serves as the campus entrance, opening up new green space to serve as a commons for students of all ages. This PK-5 school features large flexible classrooms, dedicated group collaboration spaces, state-of-the-art science labs and art studios, gathering and performance space, and ample access to the outdoors. The Beginning and Lower School reflects the OES community’s desire for open spaces that encourage the exchange of tools, knowledge, and creativity; flexible learning spaces that are adaptable to changing curriculum needs; gathering spaces that support interaction at different levels and scales; and a design that embraces nature and the outdoors as a teaching tool.

The school’s emphasis on inquiry based learning lends itself to environments that encourage exploration and experimentation – both indoors and out.