Leaps made in bond work
The 2019-2020 school year has ended in Lake Oswego School District, but bond projects continue. With several completed efforts under its belt, the district still has plenty of projects on the docket to be completed before the end of 2021.
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.
Executive Director of Project Management Tony Vandenberg updated the school board on the year end bond status at the June 22 meeting.
Several projects were completed this year, including significant changes to Lake Oswego Junior High School and several elementary schools. All completed projects include secure vestibules and other upgrades to safety and security, as well as innovation labs, seismic upgrades and deferred maintenance.
Lake Oswego Junior High received a reconfigured front office for better safety and security as well as six new classrooms in a modular unit and partial roof repairs and replacements. LOJ also received a new gym, built to a seismic level four. Vandenberg said level four goes beyond what's required by current code.
Renovations are finished at Oak Creek Elementary school, meaning students can say goodbye to their temporary home at Uplands Elementary School. Oak Creek received a new roof with insulation upgrades, new windows and window shades for better temperature control, repairs to the existing HVAC units and five new classrooms in a modular unit.
River Grove Elementary school also received renovations that are now completed. River Grove received structural seismic upgrades to the gym and covered outdoor play area, as well as improvements to landscaping and storm water drainage. Additionally, the driveway was repaired and several pod classrooms were re-roofed.
Uplands, the district's swing site used to house students when their home school is under major renovation, also had some upgrades completed including the installation of a four-classroom modular unit, a complete kitchen renovation and heating system replacement, as well as a new roof and carpet in the corridor. The district also added additional cubby storage in classrooms and painted all exterior and interior walls. Some ADA improvements were also made, including re-striping the parking lot to make ADA spaces functional and making front doors ADA accessible.
The Westridge Elementary project has been completed. Accessibility improvements were made throughout the school, the HVAC system was upgraded and new energy efficient boilers were added. Westridge received a new roof with insulation upgrades and new windows and shades that will improve insulation efficiency. In addition to that the district built a 2,000 square foot addition complete with classrooms, restrooms and special services. The library and common areas were also renovated.
Projects still in progress include the Lakeridge Middle School replacement, the Hallinan Elementary School renovation, the district pool and general improvements to safety and security and technology infrastructure.
The Lakeridge Middle School project will continue through the summer.
Some major features of the LMS replacement include flexible teaching spaces with learning studios, classrooms for music, drama, art and science, and improved traffic flow for drop-off and parking. The building is designed to accommodate a student population growth to 1,100 students. The current approximate enrollment at LMS is 875. The building has seismic resilience and the gyms and kitchen are designed to be used as community shelters in the event of a seismic event.
To date, classroom wings are nearly enclosed, windows are installed, walls of the gym are being painted and all of the WholeTree columns have been installed. The WholeTree columns are trees that were cut from the site before construction began and were sent off to be restored into structural columns. Administration, library and common areas have been framed and windows are being installed. Classroom and office furniture orders are complete.
This construction site has seen some constraints due to the effects of COVID-19, but the project has been able to stay on schedule. Required physical distiacing caused changes to work practices and increased sanitation protocols. The project has also seen material shipping delays.
What's next for LMS construction? Workers have to complete building construction, furniture and equipment has to be moved in and the Waluga building needs to be demolished, allowing for a new parking lot and bus parking.
Construction at Hallinan is underway. Several areas have been demolished and work on interior spaces will begin May 4. Some work will continue into the school year, though the current schedule shows that the interior of the building will be completed by August 14 — allowing for students and staff to be inside the school while exterior construction takes place. The current schedule projects exterior completion by the end of October 2020.
Upcoming projects include renovations to Forest Hills, Lake Grove, Westridge and Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools. Those are scheduled to begin construction the summer of 2021.
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