• Image courtesy of Josh Partee.

  • Image courtesy of Josh Partee.

  • Image courtesy of Josh Partee.

Franklin High School

Portland, OR

Project Categories

K-12 education

Business Type

Modernization of high school campus


120,000 square feet of new construction and 145,000 square feet of renovation

This historic school has served the Portland community for nearly 100 years. To support long term future use, PAE’s design focused on creating a healthy environment that enhances the learning experience, while reducing energy use as well as maintenance and operations costs. The project includes the modernization of 3 historical classroom structures which were built in 1915 and 1916 and a 118,000 square-foot addition replacing the gymnasium, shop, classrooms, and boiler house.




Portland Public Schools



  • LEED Gold

Special features

  • 40% energy savings over code
  • Heat recovery ventilation for healthy interior air quality
  • Envelope optimization for higher occupant comfort along with energy efficiency
  • LED lighting to obtain an Energy Use Index (EUI) of 42 compared to typical school EUI of 48.5

Media Coverage

Education – 3rd place: Franklin High School Modernization