Boones Ferry Primary School

Wilsonville, Oregon

The new Boones Ferry Primary School in Wilsonville is designed to resemble a small village, creating a sense of smallness within largeness. The concept for the school is to create a sense of place for young children, within the larger context of the overall school.

Because the school was built on a wooded site with wetlands, the natural environment was a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$132.00FEATURED IN2002 Architectural Portfolio consideration. The school’s design channels rainwater into swales, waterfalls and a waterspout at the entry before being recycled. This provides opportunities for students to study and observe nature as they live in it.

The school will have a capacity for 700 students, and the district plans to add classrooms and a gymnasium/activity center to expand the school to 83,000 square feet and serve 800 students in the near future.

The concept of a “learning village” emerged as a strong design theme and and helped integrate the new primary school with neighboring Wood Middle School. Students share learning opportunities in a “seamless” school environment. In turn, the “village” can reach out to the community.

The school is composed of two wings, each of which is connected by a central core that contains the administration, media center and building support spaces. Each wing incorporates clusters of four classrooms organized around a shared “front porch” multiuse space. The clusters arc around a large student commons with a satellite serving kitchen, support spaces, gym and covered play area.