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Grant High School

Portland, OR

The $138M modernization of Grant High School included creating a new home for the local performing arts scene for both community driven performances and school events.  Grant’s historic auditorium was lacking in stage height, depth, proscenium width, technical support, lighting, and suffered from poor acoustics. Recognizable as the set from the 1995 film, Mr. Holland’s Opus, the community successfully campaigned the school district to restore and improve the 900+ seat theater.


A4LE Pacific Northwest Region Chapter, Pinnacle Award (2021) | James D. MacConnell Award Finalist (2021) | USGBC LEED Gold Certification (2021) | AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE), Education Facility Design Awards, Merit Award (2021) | A4LE LEsolutions Planning & Design Awards, Project of Distinction (2020) | AIA Oregon Architecture Awards, Honor Award (2020) | Restore Oregon, DeMuro Award (2020) | Oregon DJC Top Projects, First Place, Primary Education (2020) | Engineering News-Record (ENR) Northwest Regional Best Projects, K-12 Education Award of Merit (2020) | Oregon’s Excellence in Concrete Awards, Education K-12 Winner (2020) | Portland Business Journal, Transformer Award (2019)

Architect Mahlum

Consultant PLA Designs

Contractor Andersen / Colas Construction



5051 N Lagoon Ave
Portland, OR 97217


5503 6th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108