McDaniel High School

Portland Public Schools

The 296,000 sf McDaniel High School (formerly 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
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, requiring a seismic ugprade, 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.