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Del Norte Prospector | Superintendent explains school repurposing project

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“Once the bond passed, we started the repurposing committee that is comprised of school staff and local residents to see if we could actually get some of these buildings off of our hands and save some extra funding to go towards the new school,” explained Burr.

Source: Del Norte Prospector | Superintendent explains school repurposing project

Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

Chalkboards from classrooms

The chalkboards from the classrooms were preserved and became part of the living units. (photo from CASTO).

Part of the allure of these reimagined luxury apartments was the fact that it was once a school – so the architects preserved not just the historic structure, but the wood floors of the basketball court, 20 ft. hallways, chalkboards, and more.

Source: Fire rated glass opens new doors for adaptive reuse project | Building Design + Construction

From Portland, cues for Philly school-building reuse — NewsWorks

The 1915 Spanish-style school building was converted to a hotel complex in 1997 by Oregon's McMenamin brothers, after sitting empty and at risk of demolition for years. (Amy Z. Quinn/for NewsWorks)

There hasn’t been a student enrolled at The Kennedy School since 1979, but the tidy campus tucked into the corner of a Northeast Portland neighborhood is alive with activity year-round. The 1915 Spanish-style school building was converted to a hotel complex in 1997 by Oregon’s McMenamin brothers, after sitting empty and at risk of demolition for years.

With Philadelphia beginning to seriously consider what will become of dozens of former school buildings here, the Kennedy School and the McMenamins’ other adaptive reuse projects, ranging from grand hotels to small local churches, are worth a look.

A lesson in creative thinking

Neighbors had successfully campaigned to have the Kennedy School historically designated, but several attempts to find an appropriate redevelopment failed. The McMenamins, developers of hotels, brewpubs and entertainment venues in Oregon and Washington, won city approval for their proposal.

It took creative financing, but more importantly, creative thinking. As a result, The Kennedy School’s 57-room hotel may be not be the weirdest thing in Portland, but it is among the most unique.

The school remains a vital community gathering point by offering public meeting space and through events. The auditorium is now a movie theatre, with weekly matinees and infant-friendly showings; lectures and community events are held in the old library and classrooms; weddings happen in the former gymnasium.

Read the rest of this great article via From Portland, cues for Philly school-building reuse — NewsWorks.