Construction under way for 509-J


USDA funding approved

It’s going to be a busy summer of construction work for the 509-J School District, with four different projects getting started.

Overall project manager Dave Fishel said of the Warm Springs K-8 School, “We’re gearing up to begin earthwork by early July, and want to get concrete poured before winter.”

The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs has received word from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that its funding was approved for the new school’s construction, and a groundbreaking has been set for 2:30 p.m., Friday, June 14.

On the Madras area work, Fishel said three different projects will soon get under way.

“The performing arts center and football and track upgrades will begin at the end of July. Our priority will be to get the football field ready in time for the fall 2014 season,” he said, adding, “The performing arts center will open in the fall of 2014 as well.”

The football stadium is slated to be burned next week in coordination with a fire department "burn to learn" training.

Beginning in July and continuing on into September, all 509-J school buildings and offices will have card access systems installed to increase security.

Also in July, construction will be done at Madras Primary to improve parking and install over $17,000 worth of playground equipment, purchased with $10,000 raised by Jefferson County Rotary and $7,000 donated by Madras Kiwanis. The work will be completed before school starts in the fall, Fishel said.

Four different groups have been hired to work on the projects:

Weneha Group, of which Fishel is a partner, is the overall project manager for the Warm Springs and Madras construction work. “We coordinate construction budgets, schedules, and designs, but don’t manage the actual construction,” Fishel said.

Skanska is the construction manager/general contractor for the Madras area (or in-town) projects.

Kirby-Nagelhout is the construction manager/general contractor for the Warm Springs K-8 School construction.

BBT Architects is the architectural firm working on both the Madras and Warm Springs projects.