The new Peter S. Ogden Elementary won’t open until fall 2019, but the public is invited to a preview of the future school. Preliminary architectural designs will be unveiled at an open house on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to meet the architects, talk to the planning team and provide feedback. The event will be held at the school, 8100 NE 28th St.

The planning team, comprised of Ogden staff members and architects, has developed a design, which takes inspiration from a community symposium held last year. At the symposium, approximately 60 staff members, parents, students, partners and community patrons dreamed of what the new school could be.

The design incorporates the school community’s collective vision including an indoor/outdoor learning space accessible through classrooms; a Family-Community Resource Center; and a do-it-yourself space where students gather to create, invent and learn (also known as a makerspace). Guests may discover a few more surprises in the child-friendly design.

Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and will continue through the 2018-19 school year, with the new school opening fall 2019. Students will continue to attend classes in the current building while their new school is being built on the northeast corner of the site.

Funding for the replacement Ogden comes from a bond measure passed by voters in February 2017. Bond dollars also will pay for seven other replacement schools, three new schools and major upgrades at five schools. Various improvements are being made at every other school in the district. A complete list can be found on the district’s website.