Nestled in juniper and ponderosa pines and volcanic boulders on a gentle slope at the rim of a dramatic canyon, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Hennebery Eddy worked with the school on programming, master planning, fundraising, and design for their new campus — a compelling physical space that inspires learning, one in which the outside and inside learning environments are seamlessly connected. Simple, rational building forms are oriented to gather natural light. The dramatic natural features of the property provide beautiful outdoor classrooms ideal for experiential learning programs. The site’s rock-lined canyon is treated with reverence, with the school set back from its edge so as to not dominate it.
“We’ve moved into this wonderful new facility that is airy and light…it’s just a whole sort of uplifting environment for the students and for the teachers.”
— Blair Jenkins,
former Head of School, Cascades Academy of Central Oregon
The sustainable campus was completed in two phases and includes a library, commons area, science labs, a gymnasium, and an “IDEA Lab” makerspace and technology shop for innovation, design, engineering, and art. A covered breezeway connects the upper and lower schools. Differentiated by distinct wings, the interior spaces flow into one another and beyond to the high desert landscape. A nature play area features custom-designed playscapes that integrates with the school’s 21-acre wooded site and encourage interaction with the adjacent terrain.