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The Lakeridge Middle School project involved the phased replacement of Bryant Elementary School and Waluga Junior High School with a single, new middle school for 1,100 students. Before work on the new school began, the team built modular classrooms in the location of the future parking lot for school operations to continue during construction. Phase one of the project involved demolition of the old Bryant Elementary School, construction of the 138,000-square-feet new school, site work and providing access to the school. Phase two included demolition of Waluga Junior High School, construction of the parking lot, landscaping, right of way improvements and restoring the ball fields. Skanska collaborated with Mahlum Architects and Whole Tree Structures to repurpose 29 tree trunks as structural columns throughout the school’s interior and exterior. Structural round timber from site-sourced trees was included in the design from the beginning as a way to give new life to trees that needed to be cleared, keeping these cherished trees part of the school community. Repurposing the trees in the new school allowed us to preserve and salvage significant trees from the site while connecting students with nature and achieving the goal of delivering a highly sustainable building. In May 2017, Lake Oswego voters approved $187 Million bond measure to provide funds to make critical capital investments at all schools, improve earthquake resiliency, expand or upgrade facilities and replace the Lakeridge Middle School. The top three project goals for the new Lakeridge Middle School included creating a learner-centric environment, promoting equity and delivering a highly sustainable building. 23

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