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After a few slight hiccups due to supply chain issues and rescheduling, construction of the West Linn High stadium resumes. 

The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is moving ahead with major construction updates for its $206.8 million capital bond, with many of the changes overdue.

West Linn High stadium

After some delays due to supply chain issues, construction of the West Linn High School stadium has moved forward. The stadium roof structure was completed over Thanksgiving break. The new restrooms, stadium seating and updated press rooms are now receiving their final tweaks.

The bus loop, meanwhile, continues to experience delays. The contracting team strived to have the transit pick-up and drop-off area finished by the start of the school year, but the addition of the storm drain, which will wrap around the bus loop, consumed most of its resources. The lead contractor has now shifted the priority toward reopening the bus loop.

"Though the contractors did make the bus loop deadline, the ability to concurrently complete the stadium in time for football playoffs did not materialize," Amy Berger, WL-WV capital bond coordinator, said in a message to the community.

The parking lot is set for completion by spring term. The updated parking spaces will connect the new plaza to the stadium, making it easier for community members to gather during sporting events. The lot will have a subterranean drainage system consisting of a series of water tanks that are designed to catch and treat rainwater from the hillside and return it to the nearby river. However, the tanks were delayed due to supply chain issues and altered another portion of the contractor's schedule.

"The general contractors continue to try and improve the schedule with creative means," Berger said.

Wilsonville High School Performing Arts Center updates

The new performing arts center at Wilsonville High School is set for completion in late 2022.

Over Thanksgiving break, the general contractor expanded the existing building's mechanical, electrical and plumbing work into the new building. This work is occurring while workers try to maintain separation between construction and school functions.

Third high school continues

Construction for the new third-option high school is still under way. The contractor continues with the main office and secure entryway, and the team expects completion by winter break. In addition to the exterior, installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems will be completed inside the building. Once the new office is complete and school staff has moved in, the next step of the project is to convert the old office spaces into the new student service center.

The concept for the project is to expand enrollment at the Arts and Technology High School from its current 100 students to about 500 students. And, per school district estimates, enrollment at West Linn High School could rise to 2,000 students, and Wilsonville High School to 1,700 by 2028. These numbers include the existing student body. The third-option high school will alleviate overcrowding at the two high schools.

Phase two of construction is expected to start in early 2022 and wrap up before the academic year finishes.


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