Roosevelt Elementary Nears Completion
Work crews this summer will put the finishing touches on a completely rebuilt Roosevelt Elementary School, set to open this fall after two years of construction.
Students and staff will arrive to see a very different campus, designed to accommodate a student population of 1,100 within a small geographic footprint.
Two-story buildings are providing almost 100,000 square feet of classroom and administration space, double the size of the old single-story buildings on campus. All outdated portables have been removed and replaced with new permanent buildings.
A rooftop playground (above a staff parking structure) adds about 50 percent more area for recreation and physical education.
To blend in with the historic flavor of the neighborhood, the design of the new school honors the original art modern style of architecture.
An 80-year-old wooden door from the 1935 original building and photos of the old wall murals will be displayed in the school library as reminders of Roosevelt Elementary’s long, proud history.
In the center of campus, an amphitheater provides an outdoor gathering place and lunch area, while a multipurpose room with a stage can be used as an auditorium for indoor student performances and events.
The entire campus is built with energy savings in mind, including automatic dimming lights and temperature-controlled classrooms with large windows to optimize daylight.
The latest technology enables teachers to project images from their laptops or computers onto a screen in front of each classroom, and the entire campus has wi-fi capability.
New pickup and drop-off lanes are designed to reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhood and increase safety.