- Project Name
- Leodis V. McDaniel High School
- Opsis Architecture
- Portland Public Schools
- Project Types
- Project Scope
- 296,167 sq. feet
- Year Completed
- Shared by
Alec Holser, Principal-in-Charge
Randall Heeb, Project Manager
Bryce Tolene, Project Architect
Joe Baldwin, Design Lead
Kirsten Justice, Senior Interior Designer
Sarah Sasek, Interior Designer
Weston Becker, Architect
Kathryn Piper, Architect
Max Frixione, Designer
Mart Schaefer, Designer
Heather DeGrella, Sustainability Design Director
Kelli Kimura, Sustainability Coordinator
Consulting Architect: Dao Architecture,Construction contractor: Fortis Construction, Inc.,Other: Peter Meijer Architect, PC,Structural Engineer: ABHT Structural Engineers,Other: PLA Designs, Inc. ,Civil Engineer: Mazetti,Other: Interface Engineering, Inc. ,Electrical Engineer: Reyes Engineering ,Geotechnical Engineer: Rhino One Geotechnical,Landscape Architect: Mayer / Reed,Other: Rider Levett Bucknall,Audio-visual and Information Technology: The Greenbusch Group, Inc. ,Other: Code Unlimited,Other: Angelo Planning Group,Other: Halliday Associates,Other: PBS Engineering & Environmental Portland,Idea and communication: Nancy Hamilton Consulting,Other: JLC Architectural Consulting
- Project Status
The rebuilding of the new 296,167 sf McDaniel High School transformed the former 1957 facility into a next-generation learning environment that serves the city’s most culturally diverse student population, encompassing more than 30 languages.
A two-year planning and design effort involved hundreds of school and community stakeholders through a series of hands-on interactive workshops.
Significant portions of the existing building were demolished and replaced with over 150,000 sf of new construction. The remaining buildings were fully renovated to create a seamless new school.
The double "loop" circulation plan brings all parts of the large school together into a single community.
The new design inserts a new school Commons and Crossroads Atrium that connects all the major wings of the building and weaves together the five building levels as the school steps down a steeply sloped site in Northeast Portland.
A new Performing Arts and Career Technical Education wing brings together state-of-the-art music and theater facilities with real world robotics, engineering and digital media labs.
The new athletics facility includes a 1,700-seat gym, an auxiliary gym, a weight room, and exercise, health and wellness spaces.
The new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) wing is a “beacon” on the hilltop, giving the school a strong presence in the community. McDaniel High School’s regionally recognized Sustainable Agriculture program will soon have a new flexible lab, greenhouse and large teaching garden alongside the STEM wing. The design was completed by a partnership of Opsis and DAO Architecture, working in collaboration with the district, instructors, students, parents, and community members.