SCAPPOOSE — “We will better prepare our students for the life in front of them ... through this opportunity to enhance the arts,” said Scappoose High School principal Eric Clendenin at the Nov. 8 ribbon cutting for the new SHS auditorium.

The new space at the school is the last project funded by the November 2008 Scappoose schools bond.

“The driving element behind the project was to have a space used by the whole community,” said superintendent Paul Peterson.

The elementary school, the city council, Michael Curry Design studio, and the ShoeString Community Players have already expressed interest in using the space.

Beyond the auditorium, the school saw a number of upgrades and additions.

The auditorium addition

• Seating for 496

• Digital light and sound booth and a system of catwalks

• Men’s and women’s dressing rooms, make-up area, scene shop, costume and prop storage

• New restrooms feature efficient plumbing and lighting and durable finishes

• Overall durable construction for a long lifespan

Improved safety, technology

• A welcoming new main entrance provides better safety and supervision

• Parking lot improvements: separation of car and bus traffic, more parking spaces, and better lighting

• Improved fire safety including alarms, sprinklers, and separation doors

• Better ADA accessibility

• Auto lock-down doors and video security

• More efficient phone systems

• Wired and wireless technology infrastructure upgraded throughout building

Energy efficiency

• A new free-standing bi-facial solar panel array shelters students crossing through the center courtyard while generating “green” electricity.

• Energy use in the new auditorium will be more efficient than code requires.

• As a result of the roofing project completed in summer 2009, the school sees substantial savings in operating costs.

Cafeteria improvements

• Expanded and updated with new lighting, better thermal comfort, and better acoustics.

• Now opens up into the new commons area around the auditorium – space that can be used for gatherings and intermission services.

• Space also includes a gallery to showcase student and public art displays.

Lab addition

• A new distance-learning lab in the auditorium addition is divided into two separate community meeting rooms

• Each is fully equipped with internet connectivity, digital displays, and remote video capabilities.

Better use of space

• The student store was rebuilt, gaining a full classroom. Another existing classroom was renovated for science instruction, and yet another classroom was gained in F Hall by remodeling some storage rooms. 

• Two brand new classrooms were added to B Hall – a computer lab and a general studies classroom. 

• The fitness room was remodeled providing more space for P.E. instruction and improved safety and access for all participants.

• The band and choir room was reconfigured to provide additional practice space, instrument storage, and access to technology.



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