Joyce Miller Owens Annex! Ground Breaking, Feb. 9th!

Join us to Celebrate!!
We will be breaking ground on our exciting building, the Joyce Miller Owens Foundation Annex!
Friday, Feb. 9th at 8:30am!
on the SIS playground
Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 12th.

What is the Joyce Miller Owens Annex?

Currently at Sauvie Island School, 6th -8th grade students share one portable, which is divided up into three classrooms. Students and staff have faced space and facilities constraints associated with the portable building for many years. However, thanks to the help of a $1.2 million donation from the Joyce Miller Owens Charitable Foundation these constraints will no longer be a challenge!  The foundation is fully funding the construction a new 6th-8th grade facility on the school campus.

In preparing for the project, the design team at SUM Design Studio met with the teachers to learn how they function in their classrooms to maximize the teachers’ abilities to do their jobs.  Features in the new building include a multi-functional classroom design. With no traditional “front” or “back” of each room, the class can arrange the desks to work best for each new topic and activity.

Natural light also plays a major role in the classroom design.  Clerestory windows facing the north side allow for all day natural light without any direct glare.  Studies have shown the importance of natural light in maintaining natural Circadian Rhythm for the students and teachers.  Additionally, rainwater reclamation will be included for the landscape.

Careful consideration was taken to make the new design a part of the existing school.  The roof design and exterior materials relate closely and “honor” to the school’s iconic architecture.  The goal was to make this seem like it’s always been a part of the campus while bringing much-needed extra classroom space for the middle school-age students.   

Having this space will support SIS students learning and experiencing the value of stewardship through hands-on, real-world experience in our local community and natural surroundings. Facility improvements at SIS would not be possible without the generous support of community members and partners, like the Joyce Miller Owens Charitable Foundation.  

Funding: The Joyce Miller Owens Foundation
Design: SUM Design Studio +_Architecture
Contractor: Columbia Cascade Construction
Owners Rep: inici group

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