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School projects make headway

Performing arts/sports facility, Warm Springs school


by: HOLLY M. GILL - The walls are up on the auditorium and sports lockers, which will be part of the performing arts/sports facility, on the east side of Madras High School. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2014.As part of the $26.6 million school bond passed by School District 509-J in 2012, work is underway on an $8 million auditorium and sports facility, just east of Madras High School, and $21.5 million K-8 school in Warm Springs.

The general contractor for the performing arts center and sports facility, Skanska, broke ground on Aug. 22, and has walls up on the auditorium and locker rooms, next to the track and football field on Buff Street.

"So far, the main focus of the project has been getting the track ready," said Hans Rindfleisch, a project engineer for Skanska. "We have base asphalt down and we're surfacing it next spring."

The concrete masonry block building will have a textured block veneer on the exterior. Grandstands and bleachers will be installed after school is out, next summer, he said.

The project is proceeding on schedule, according to Rindfleisch. "We haven't faced any huge delay issues," he said. "The big plastic tent has enabled us to keep working despite the weather."

The 34,000-square-foot performing arts center and sports facility is expected to be completed in the fall. "The track and parking areas should be done by the time school starts," said Rindfleisch.

Kirby Nagelhout, the contractor for the new Warm Springs school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, broke ground for the project on June 14, with officials from as far away as Washington, D.C., in attendance.

At the groundbreaking, Stanley Speaks, the Northwest regional director for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said that the school will be an example for other tribes to emulate.

"It's one of those very special times that doesn't come around very often," he said. "This landscape's going to change; it's going to be different and it's going to be different for a reason. It can be a model for other schools across Indian Country."

Walls are now up on the 80,000-square-foot school, located just off Chukar Road, west of the Warm Springs Museum, which is expected to be ready to open its doors to students in the fall.

School District 509-J and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs are sharing the cost, estimated at $21,472,600.



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