Whitcomb Elementary

Learning Gives you Wings: Elementary school upgrades while class is in session

Whitcomb Elementary underwent a recent renovation to seismically upgrade its original 1958 structure into a modern learning facility equipped with new break-out learning spaces, corridors joining two wings of classrooms, and a new covered entrance. The construction took place as school was in session.

DCI Engineers conducted a feasibility assessment of the school and provided structural engineering services for the renovation and seismic upgrade. The engineering team designed the conventional wood framing systems for the new classroom wings; the vestibule between the gym and the main school building which acts as the seismic joint; and the new concrete masonry unit fire separate wall between the gym and the covered play area.

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Portland, Oregon
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PK-12, Mass Timber
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Steel, Masonry, Wood

Project Highlights

  • Two new wings of classrooms were added to the school.
  • Modular classroom buildings were replaced with corridors connecting new learning areas to the main building.
  • A new cross laminated timber canopy entrance welcomes students, staff, and visitors.
  • New interior wood paneling creates a warm learning environment.
  • More natural light reaches interior corridors, common areas, and classrooms.

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