Bond work churning forward in 2020
Lake Oswego School District has a long to-do list of bond projects for 2020.
In May 2017 voters passed the $187 million school bond to address deferred maintenance issues that had accumulated over the years. The funds are being used for capital investments at all schools, improving earthquake preparedness, expanding or upgrading Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) equipment and facilities, renovating or replacing the existing district pool and replacing Lakeridge Middle School.
Lakeridge Middle School construction is in full swing. Site work continues as framing crews build walls and mechanical and electrical systems begin to be installed.
Executive Director of Project Management Tony Vandenberg said the project is currently behind schedule but that the team is working on improving that. The schedule delays are due to unforeseen issues related to differences in soil conditions, the delivery of concrete blocks being behind schedule and delayed building permits, among other things. It was expected to be completed in the summer of 2020.
The Lake Oswego Junior High gym is under construction and is set to be complete by March of 2020.
"It will be constructed to a seismic level four allowing immediate occupancy," Vandenberg said. He said that means it would be a space that could be used as a place of refuge in the event of a major seismic event such as an earthquake.
"Were trying to do that in most of the schools. Specifically we're looking at large common area spaces to bring them up to seismic level that is higher than normal," Vandenberg said.
A seismic level four goes beyond what's required by current code.
Projects at Lake Grove Elementary School, Forest Hills Elementary School and Hallinan Elementary School are in the design phase. IBI Group Architects, Inc. has been selected to design the renovation work at both Lake Grove and Forest Hills.
Lake Grove and Forest Hills renovations are scheduled to begin the summer of 2020.
The renovations will include deferred maintenance and architectural improvements, seismic upgrades as well as upgrades to safety and security and classroom technology.
Hallinan Elementary School renovation is also scheduled to begin summer 2020.
Soderstrom Architects is heading up the design of the renovation and Mortenson Construction will lead the construction. Mortenson will submit cost estimates to the district by Jan. 10. Subcontractor bids will begin in February and in March Mortenson will submit its Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) to LOSD. Site preparation is set for May with construction beginning the second week of June. Renovations will be similar to those of Lake Grove and Forest Hills.
The renovations will be similar to what's been completed at Westridge. The project is on schedule.
"Currently we are working with our contractor to come up with a plan that would start work this summer and continue into the school year while students are occupying the building, but students will not have to relocate," Vandenberg said.
It's too soon to say when the project will be complete but Vandenberg said it will likely be done prior to the following summer.
The Oak Creek Elementary school renovations project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2020 and will be ready for students and staff for the 2020-2021 school year.
"The team is replacing the exterior skin of the building and doing interior architectural modifications to make the spaces more efficient," Vandenberg said.
Westridge Elementary school will see some construction this summer as well with the replacement of the exterior brick at the classroom wing.
"We discovered a flaw in the original construction that we're trying to correct now so we're going to do that concurrently with the Hallinan project," Vandenberg said.
The district pool is in the planning and design stage as Lake Oswego School District and the City continue to pursue a partnership.Vandenberg and LOSD Director of Communications Mary Kay Larson presented site and pool size options along with much anticipated cost estimates at the Dec. 16 school board meeting, and later at the Dec. 17 city council meeting.
Larson said the district will hold user group sessions to hear the concerns of all voices in late January and early February.
All district schools have completed secure vestibules with Raptor Visitor Management system fully operational, except for Lakeridge Middle School and Oak Creek Elementary school due to ongoing construction and renovations.
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