opsis architecture

New Urban High School (NUHS) is a North Clackamas School District alternative school in downtown Oak Grove, combining a non-traditional setting with arts-based curriculum. With a maximum student population of 200, class sizes are small, which allows teachers to devote their attention to each individual student. This application-based magnet school emphasizes the importance of creativity and project-based learning.

Currently under design, this new 38,000 sf building will feature a media center, art room, commons (which doubles as cafeteria and exhibit space), CTE classroom and traditional classrooms.

The building is designed to serve an inclusive community. In addition to the NUHS students, the building will house the Oak Grove Center (a self-contained expulsion alternative program for middle and high school students) as well as Twilight—an after-hours degree completion program. Driven by the unique needs of the student population, the new building will also feature a robust counseling suite and administrative support.

With shared values centered around sustainability, environmental justice, social equity and artistic expression, Opsis and New Urban utilized a collage exercise to engage students in a visual exploration of design ideas for their new home. This method represents an evolution of Opsis’s engagement strategies for non-English speaking students. By using visual feedback, participants who may have perceived barriers or shyness were provided equitable access to the design process.

Stats

  • 38,000 sf
  • Completion: Est. 2021
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School

Stats

  • 38,000 sf
  • Completion: Est. 2021
 
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School
  • New Urban High School