Students arrived this morning to their first day of school in the new Sunset Elementary school. Moving crews used the spring break to move supplies and equipment from the old school and staff was given Monday without students to unpack. Despite the tight time-frame, the first day of school went off without a hitch today.
The RFP for subcontractor bids on the security and access upgrades has been issued by P&C
Construction and a pre-bid meeting is being held Tomorrow (March 24th) at 1PM. The construction team is excited to get some contractors on board and get going with the first onsite work in the Capital Improvements Projects package.
Release Date: 03/15/2011
The Board of Education approved the hiring of P & C Construction as Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the district-wide improvement projects at its Regular Meeting on Monday.
P and C was chosen by a selection committee comprised of District staff, Board of Education representatives, and representatives from the community Bond Oversight Committee. The selection was based primarily on value and other determining factors such as CM/GC experience, key personnel, safety and communication plan, and educational experience. P and C was runner-up to Chervenell Construction (the contractor chosen to oversee the three replacement school projects) during the District’s last contractor selection process.
P and C will oversee select district-wide projects approved by the Board as part of the November, 2008, $69.9 Million Bond Levy. Improvements include safety and security upgrades across campuses; improvements to select areas of the 1992 High School wing; traffic and parking improvements at some campuses; roofing renovation; and heating/cooling and energy efficiency improvements.
The majority of the construction will commence over the summer, in order to be completed prior to the start of school next fall. Improvements may mean inaccessibility of district facilities. For questions regarding community use of our facilities over this summer, please contact Teri Allstott at 667-6118.
P & C Construction, based in Portland, Ore., is in its third generation of metro-based ownership. Some of its more notable projects include the Governor Hotel, the original Niketown, buildings of Reed and Lewis and Clark Colleges, and Portland’s Ronald McDonald House.
Release Date: 03/15/2011
With the boards approval of P&C Construction as our CM/GC for the summertime projects we are off and running with pre-construction activities. The plans and specifications will soon be complete and ready to turn in for permits and the preparations are being made to receive subcontract bids. The first onsite work will most likely include wiring for new security systems at the High School. This work will hopefully begin even before school is out for the summer. We have a very ambitious list of improvements that will make for a fun and exciting summer and our construction team is eager to begin.
All systems are “Go” for move in at the New Sunset Elementary School! Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the building this week as the new furniture is being delivered. By the end of this week all work will be complete and all the new furniture will be installed. Meanwhile at the old Sunset, staff will complete packing this week. The moving crew will move computers, supplies and some furniture from the old school during spring break.
Release Date: 03/04/2011
With students off for the summer, the Hermiston School District is taking advantage of the decreased traffic to perform significant capital improvements across their campuses.
In May of 2010, the Board of Education, as recommended by the Bond Oversight Committee, approved a comprehensive list of capital projects to be completed as part the November, 2008, $69.9 Million Bond Levy.
This summer, contractors will be working throughout the District on many preventative maintenance and similar projects such as:
- District-wide security and access improvements, including card reader access control, parent drop-off and pickup improvements at Desert View and Highland Hills Elementary Schools, fire alarm and security system improvements, corridor and gate separation at Hermiston High School, and security and surveillance improvements
- Energy efficiency upgrades, including heating and cooling improvements at Sandstone Middle School, HHES, and the 1992 section of HHS
- Public restroom and locker room upgrades in the 1992 section of HHS
- Roof Upgrades at SMS
- Carpet replacement at SMS
Due to the construction, District facilities may be unavailable for community and youth activities. The District apologizes for any inconvenience the projects may cause. For questions regarding community use of our facilities over this summer, please contact Teri Allstott at 667-6118.
Everyone who works on the Bond Measure projects is required to undergo a criminal background check and safety orientation. They are then issued a picture ID badge that must be worn at all times. A couple weeks ago we issued our one thousandth badge!
The answer to the trivia question “How many workers does it take to build our new schools?” is 1086, so far.
Release Date: 02/28/2011
During the demolition process of the old West Park Elementary School, the District’s subcontractor discovered what appeared to be an abandoned underground fuel tank located under the old parking lot area. No current employee of the District had any knowledge of the tank, the condition of it, or when it had last been used. There were no records, blueprints, or site plans showing when this tank was installed or last used, leading the District to believe it has been abandoned for decades.
Further excavation yielded a 10,000+ gallon tank containing over 5,000 gallons of a sludge-like material inside. Throughout the entire excavation process, PBS Environmental, the District’s contracted environmental oversight firm, has been onsite evaluating and monitoring the situation.
In the process of decommissioning the tank, the District has identified over 3000 cubic yards of environmentally contaminated soils and over 50,000+ gallons of contaminated ground water.
The District has been collaborating with PBS Environmental, representatives from DEQ, and environmental/abatement firms on their available course of actions. Preliminary estimates reveal that significant environmental clean up and restoration will be required in order to ensure compliance with environmental cleanup regulations.
Initial estimates lead District officials to believe that significant dollars will need to be accessed from the District-wide contingency to cover this unforeseen cost.
Release Date: 02/18/2011
Community members will have an opportunity to walk though the current Sunset Elementary School on Tuesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. Portions of the school will be open for an informal visitation, prior to it being closed to the public for final abatement and demolition. Visitors are asked to check in at the office to pick up a Visitor’s pass prior to walking the school.
Release Date: 01/03/2011
A Ribbon Cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, January 15, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. to commemorate the opening of the new West Park Elementary School.
The official groundbreaking for the replacement school was held in February, 2010. Now, eleven months later, the school will open to its first occupants after the winter holiday. The opening is two months ahead of the scheduled Spring Break, 2011, move in.
The public is welcome and invited to celebrate the opening with a tour of the new facility on the 15th.
The current West Park campus was officially opened and dedicated in 1950. This school year, it served approximately 500 students in Kindergarten through 5th grades.
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