Madison High School Rebuild

Portland Public Schools

The 296,000 sf Madison High School will be a transformational rebuilding of the 1958 facility to create next-generation learning environments that serve the city’s most culturally diverse student population, encompassing more than 30 languages.

Size: 296,500 sf
Location: Portland, OR
Completion: August 2021
Partner Architect: Dao Architecture

A two-year master planning and design effort involved hundreds of school and community stakeholders through a series of hands-on interactive workshops.

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.

Significant portions of the existing building will be demolished and replaced with over 170,000 sf of new construction. The remaining buildings will be 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 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) wing will become a “beacon” on the hilltop, giving the school a strong presence in the community. A new Performing Arts and Career Technical Education (CTE) wing will bring together state-of-the-art music and theater facilities with real world robotics, engineering and digital media labs.

The school will also serve as a valuable community resource and will include a new child care center, public health clinic and community food pantry. A new athletics facility includes a 1,700-seat gym, an auxiliary gym, a weight room, and exercise, health and wellness spaces. The school’s regionally recognized Sustainable Agriculture program will have a new flexible lab, greenhouse and large teaching garden.