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The firm consulted with the district during the development of the bond proposal.

COURTESY PHOTO: BRIC ARCHIECTURE - BRIC Architecture's most visible local project is only seven miles up Highway 99W from Newberg, the massive new Sherwood High School.

After a thorough selection process that included whittling down candidates, conducting interviews over Zoom and poring over detailed proposals, the Newberg School District has chosen the construction firm for its upcoming bond projects: BRIC Architecture out of Portland.

BRIC will lead the way on the district's projects over the next few years, driven by the $141 million construction bond voters passed in the fall of 2020.

"We are incredibly excited and honored to partner with the Newberg School District to help your community realize their dreams for all Newberg and Dundee students," Karina Ruiz, who leads BRIC, said in a press release from the school district. "We can't wait to align the great educational work happening in your schools today with learning environments that enhance these opportunities."

District communications coordinator Gregg Koskela said BRIC stood out because of its student-centered approach to its proposals, which would make real the district's vision for the money brought in by the bond. These projects are set to transform some of the district's oldest buildings, including a complete replacement of Dundee Elementary School.

"Several companies had the experience and qualifications to lead us well through this project," Koskela wrote in the press release. "BRIC is unique in their approach, with a plan to include students, staff and community throughout the design process. Recognizing our school board's recent commitment to being an anti-racist school district, BRIC puts traditionally underserved populations front and center, designing buildings that make every single student feel comfortable and able to thrive according to the latest educational design research."

Koskela added that, during the interview, Ruiz said: "You only change if you ask different questions to the right people early in the process." This gave the district confidence that BRIC was the right choice.

For further updates on future bond projects, visit Newberg.k12.or.us or follow the district on social media.


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