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Faubion PK-8 School with Concordia University

Faubion PK-8 School with Concordia University

Opened in August of 2017, the new 135,000-square-foot PK-8 Faubion School represents a unique partnership between Portland Public Schools (PPS), Concordia University (CU), Trillium Family Services, and Kaiser Permanente.  For the past three years, Bora has worked with these entities to design a pioneering facility that co-locates CU’s College of Education and the Faubion School, providing both hands on learning for emerging educators and a wealth of mentors and tutors for young students.  Additionally, the building includes spaces for essential wrap-around services: a student health and wellness clinic (partially staffed by students from CU’s College of Health and Human Services), reduced-price food market, offices for non-profit social service agencies, and community education spaces.

Bora’s careful planning and programming of the building creates a balance between each partner’s need for an individual identity and the educational imperative to create a seamless learning and support experience for all students from ages “3 to PhD”.  Each entity has a prominent location along the facility’s collaborative core, a continuous interior “street” that facilitates connections between partner organizations and families seeking services outside the traditional PK-8 programming.  The building’s exterior welcomes the neighborhood through several prominent and transparent entry points as well as well a new playground and two large covered play areas appropriate for year-round use.

Conceived with the goal of closing the achievement gap and paving the way from grade-school to higher education, the Faubion project has the makings of a national model and embodies a bold vision of community stewardship.

Location

Portland, OR

Client

Portland Public Schools with Concordia University

Year

2017

Status

Under construction

Type

PK-12 Education

Size

135,000sf

Collaborators

3J Consulting
Walker Macy
ABHT
Interface Engineering
Stantech
Mackenzie
Todd Construction

Recognitions

Targeting LEED V4 Gold certification