Shane Hess O'Neil collective works c. 2006 – 2014

SYSTEMS THINKING: Retrofit & Revitalization of a Sprawling Portland Elementary School

(Mar. 2009; University of Oregon School of Architecture; in concert with Portland Public Schools; Eugene, OR)

This project investigated the integration of new pedagogical thinking into existing public school infrastructure. Working with Portland Public Schools to provide sustainable retrofit ideas and alternative design proposals for existing school typologies in Portland, this proposal incorporates into a historically K-5 school a new wing to accommodate the addition of grades 6-8. Integrating evidence-based sustainable practices into an architecture that provides opportunities for different pedagogical thinking precipitated the design of a learning courtyard that allows the classroom to move outdoors and also acts as a large-scale stormwater mitigation facility and educational tool.

The schematic design phase was followed by a passive systems audit, providing a rigorous evidence-based assessment of the passive solar heating, natural ventilation, daylighting, and climatic response systems. View the whole report.