Hamlin ReplacementSet to open its doors to students in January of 2018, the new Hamlin Middle School has undergone a long design and construction process.Educational SpecificationsEducational specifications – or "ed specs" – are the foundation for a school design process. They outline the components a school needs to support a high-quality educational program. It has been 20 years since Springfield built a middle school; before it could begin designing the new Hamlin, we had to update our middle school ed specs.The ed specs team included educators and parents; community input was also sought during the process.Architect Selection
The School Board, assisted by a group of staff and community members, chose BBT Architects to design the new Hamlin Middle School on April 13, 2015. Before selecting BBT, Board members remarked on their desire to hire an Oregon firm, how impressed they were by quality construction when visiting other schools designed by BBT and their certainty that the design would reflect the Springfield community.
Hyland Construction, which built the last four Springfield schools, was awarded the bid for construction on June 27, 2016. Work began shortly thereafter.
The new two-story, 123,000-square-foot school includes 15 classrooms and 38 total teaching spaces; an art lab; a STEAM lab with garage doors that open to the outside; space for a culinary program; large choir and band rooms; two gymnasiums; a cutting-edge media lab; and an electives/special education wing.
The design includes collaboration spaces, maker spaces, and a workshop with room for tool storge. A majestic family room space with plenty of windows and vaulted ceilings will serve as a cafeteria and a gathering place for students. The library and multimedia room will feature exposed wood beams and tall windows that allow for natural daylighting.
Outdoor facilities include a baseball field, all-weather track and the district's first turf football field.
The school will accommodate about 750 students.
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