The Oregon School for the Deaf (OSD) was founded at its current location in 1909. Since that time, the campus has undergone several transformations, including the removal of the original building and construction of new buildings across campus. As the campus continues to age, the Oregon Legislature has started providing additional funds for continued improvements and updates. These funds have already been used for several major improvements across campus. As more funds are allocated, OSD will continue to improve their campus to ensure that all of Oregon’s Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students have a healthy, safe, and warm place to learn and grow, where Deaf culture can be nurtured and thrive.
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The construction of a new ADA accessible locker room facility is set to begin this summer and is estimated to be completed in May of 2021. The locker room will be built as an addition to the existing building and will include additional storage space for equipment.
Starting later this year, restrooms throughout the campus will be renovated to be ADA accessible and/or gender neutral. This project will focus on the restrooms in the Smith, Peck, Clatterbuck, and Ulmer High School buildings to start.
Completed in 2019 were roof replacements on four buildings on campus: Clatterbuck (cafeteria), Peck (multipurpose gym), Smith (administration and Kindergarten-8th grade school), and Lindstrom (boys’ dorm).
As a class project, some of the students at OSD filmed and edited a video of the finished roofs using a drone. The video also includes footage of the widened sidewalks that were completed in 2018. The video can be viewed below.
A campus wide paving project was completed in August of 2018. Roadways, parking lots, and sidewalks throughout campus were repaved or added. The project also included widening the sidewalks through the main courtyard, so students and staff would have the ability to walk side-by-side while they sign to each other.