Proposal request published; school board to evaluate builders in December.

IMAGE COURTESY OF SUM DESIGN GROUP - A visual rendering of what three new classrooms at Sauvie Island Academy will look like. The architectural designs were completed earlier this year, and the SIA school board is now seeking proposals for construction. Sauvie Island Academy has taken the next step toward completing new classrooms for its middle school students.

SIA recently approved and published a request for proposal, called an RFP, outlining requirements for the new construction and soliciting developers to submit proposals to build the new classrooms.

Approval and promotion of the RFP means the school can now accept applications from builders who want to take on the work, pushing the project one step closer to the construction phase.

Applications will be accepted until Dec. 1, at which time they will be reviewed in closed session by the school board.

The board reviews proposals and evaluates them based on several criteria, including price and several others, according to the RFP document.

The school received a $780,000 grant from the Joyce Miller Owens Charitable Foundation in October 2016 to pursue construction of the classrooms, which will accommodate sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, all of whom are currently situated in portable classrooms. The project will allow the school to remodel an existing shop facility on campus and develop it into several classrooms and a lab space.

The new classroom space, which takes up approximately 3,100 square feet, has a proposed budget of $650,000.

Sum Design and Architecture submitted an architectural rendering of the new classroom that has been on display on a foam board at SIA since the start of the school year. The portable classrooms currently at the school were installed in 2012.

SIA Director Darla Meeuwsen initially hoped to have the new classrooms up and running by last spring, but the process to apply for building permits from Multnomah County officials took longer than expected, she explained.

She now hopes for the project to be completed by the end of the 2017-18 school year.

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