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Portland Could Build An 8-Story High School


Plans are underway for another eight-story building in downtown Portland. But it’s not a new condo, or office tower – it’s a school.      

Many of Portland’s recent boundary changes aim to relieve overcrowding at Lincoln High School in downtown.

The draft master plan for a re-built Lincoln High School anticipates an eight-story building, with room for future expansion nearby.

The draft master plan for a re-built Lincoln High School anticipates an eight-story building, with room for future expansion nearby.

Jason Trombley/Portland Public Schools

But long-term, the district wants Lincoln to be bigger. The problem is that Lincoln is on a small piece of property. So, as the district’s capital projects director Erik Gerding explained, the plan is to build up.    

“What would be considered the kind of ‘classroom tower’ so to speak is approximately eight stories. At this level of design, the master plan is kind of a big picture look, so the number of stories could fluctuate,” Gerding said.  

This sketch by Bora Architects lays out a side view of an eight-story Lincoln High School. The current Lincoln building is overcrowded and Portland Public Schools plans to replace it.

This sketch by Bora Architects lays out a side view of an eight-story Lincoln High School. The current Lincoln building is overcrowded and Portland Public Schools plans to replace it.

Jason Trombley/Portland Public Schools

The plan could include a new elementary or K-8 school on the Lincoln site.  

Gerding said it would be the state’s first high-rise high school. The district design team is visiting Chicago this week to see one.  

The district has not published any cost estimates for rebuilding Lincoln, but officials plan to present those at a meeting of the school board’s bond committee next week.

Rebuilding Lincoln is slated to be part of a bond measure voters may see this fall.

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