Auburn Elementary School

Salem-Keizer School District

The existing Auburn Elementary School is a single story-story elementary school developed in multiple phases beginning in 1955. Opsis designed an extensive addition and renovation to replace 11 portable classrooms that until now, helped the district accommodate enrollment growth, while also enhancing core areas that no longer meet the space needs for students. When completed, the expanded campus will be able to accommodate up to 700 students.

Size: 83,000 sf
Location: Salem, OR
Completion: Fall 2021


A new covered entry and secure main lobby will be added between the existing classroom and gym buildings. This new entrance will have direct access to the expanded and relocated administration office. The SPED classrooms will be relocated in close proximity of the front office and will now include a new Educational Resource Center (ERC) program. The existing library will be seismically upgraded.

The new two-story classroom building will be added to the south of the existing building creating an educational courtyard. The addition will include a new Commons, to replace the existing undersized cafeteria, and a new multi-purpose room to be collocated with the existing gymnasium. A second covered play structure will be added to provide a play area separate from the physical education space. New play equipment and courts are planned while preserving the existing track and play fields.

The addition of a new parking lot, with protected parent drop–off area and increased parking for staff, will separate cars from buses ensuring safer site circulation for all. The existing front parking lot will be reconfigured for bus loading and unloading, with guest parking allowed only outside of peak hours.

Engagement with staff and teachers, both in person and through virtual meetings, was core to exploring and arriving at the final program.