• Construction Bond Updates and Energy Efficiency Upgrades

    07-14-10 - Construction Bond Updates

    Cascade Locks
    Play shed interior improvements are completed, huge improvement and will eliminate all bird related problems. The exterior play siding has been repaired and will be painted by maintenance / custodial workers. We have started the up-grades to the kitchen, which will include new flooring, stainless steel counters, and plumbing improvement’s that are code required. The kitchen project will be completed the first week of August. At the completion of this project we will be completed Bond projects at Cascade Locks.

    May Street
    2KG our contractor was on site this week completing punch list items. We will do our last walk through early next week.

    Westside
    2KG our contractor was on site this week completing punch list items. We will do our last walk through early next week.

    Mid Valley
    Woodburn Construction is currently working on punch list items. The last of the flooring was installed yesterday. Working on touch up painting and small items from punch list. We will be doing our last walk through related to the new cafeteria on Monday at Mid-Valley. School Project: Mosaic tiles have been installed and the mural looks great. It’s worth a visit to look at and enjoy. You could see if you can pick out the tile that you created.

    Energy Project: New boiler and heating project is in full swing in old part of school. The State Fire Marshall did a walk through the last of June and is requiring some additional work to be completed for fire life safety. We are currently getting quotes for the installation of a fire sprinkler system in the hallways and classroom entrances in the older section of the school.

    Parkdale
    Hale Construction is finishing up the punch list items. We will also be doing our last walk through for punch list items at Parkdale next week.

    Hood River Middle School
    Science / Music: Work continues on schedule for this portion of the project. We are waiting on delivery of the green house (site work completed). Main Building: Reconstruction of the third floor has started, and the elevator area is on schedule. Solar panels to be installed this week.

    Wy’east
    Performance Center: Interior wood finishes are being installed. Smith Building: Exterior finishes should completed by mid–July. Exterior concrete work for theater enter (plaza) is in process.

    HRVHS
    Music and Theater Addition: The last remaining window arrived today for Music Room. Taping and Painting are in process. Flooring to be installed the last week of July. Science Addition: Case work is installed in 4 of the 7 rooms, with the last 3 rooms to be completed the end of next week. Acid resistant tops arrive next week and will be installed from the west side of the building going towards the east. Exterior concrete slabs (sidewalks and entry’s) are in process. This project is on schedule to completed 8/3/2010.


    06-23-10 - Construction Bond Levy Status Report

    Facilities Director Randall Johnston provided the following construction update.

    Cascade Locks
    We have two projects that we are working on for this summer.  We will be installing a plywood lid in the ceiling, and chasing the sky-lights down. The ceiling and chases will be painted white.  We will be making repairs to the siding on the play shed. This starts next week. We will be doing some up-grades in the kitchen, currently waiting for quotes to come in on new fixtures and equipment. We plan on starting this in the middle of July.

    May Street
    Working on punch list items.

    Westside
    Working on punch list items.

    Mid Valley
    Asphalt paving is completed, and exterior basket ball poles are installed.  All kitchen equipment is on site and the finishing touches on the installation are being completed.  Exterior metal siding is being installed and will be completed this week.  We are waiting for the moisture to drop in the freezer and cooler boxes prior to flooring being installed in those areas. All wall panels are installed in the kitchen areas and will be completed by tomorrow in the cafeteria area. Cafeteria, kitchen and gym entry floors are completed. Exterior painting is completed. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical inspections will be completed by Friday. This project will be substantially completed by the end of this week. We will be doing a walk through on Friday to create a punch list of items to correct. Contractor expect to be off site no later than July 9. The “Faces of the Community “ ceramic tiles will be installed the first week in July.

    Parkdale
    Interior and exterior painting are completed. Light fixtures are all installed. All new spaces have floor finishes installed. The new skylights in the classroom with no exterior window have been installed and are in the final stages of finishing paint and trim. Flooring has been installed in the old library area. This project is substantially completed and we will be doing a punch list of pick up items on Friday.  Contractor expects to be out June 30.  

    Hood River Middle School
    Science / Music: Dry wall taping has started for new interior spaces. Brick veneer is being installed. All interior mechanical equipment is on site and is being installed. Metal roofing is scheduled to start next week. Most of the windows have been installed with the final ones due this week. The trench drain has been installed and hooked to the sanitary system. The amphitheater benches are being poured  and site grading around the north and east side are completed. The ground heating loop  will be started in the next week. Solar panels are expected to arrive and be installed mid-July. The green house has been ordered and is about two weeks from delivery. Main Building: Demolition is full swing on the third floor and the areas around the elevator shaft. Storage Shed: Waiting on solar panels along with doors and metal flashings.

    Wy’east
    Performance Center: Exterior framing and sheathing are completed. Interior work is in process. Tile is being installed in the new theater restrooms; the lobby area has had sheet rock installed and taping and mudding are in process. The demolition of selected spaces in the Smith building is in process. New openings are being created and some areas are being infield. The re-framing should be completed by the end of next week. Exterior finishes should be done mid–July. School interior Spaces: Rest rooms are being prepared for new finishes and fixtures. Science room cabinets and counter are in. Plumbing work will finish this week and next week.  Air handler for this space has been ordered and the area is ready for installation. Delivery is a couple of weeks out.

    HRVHS
    Music and Theater Addition: Interior painting is in process along with electrical finishes. Floor coverings should be next week but could move out one week if necessary. This area should be finished mid-July. Science Addition: Exterior brick veneer is completed and site work is in process on south side of addition. Concrete floors have been stained and look sharp. Plumbing and electrical work are near completion except for finishes. Dry wall has been installed and taping and mudding is in process. Painting has started and is closely following dry wall. Cabinets are being installed and the science classroom cabinet should be finished next week. The counter tops are scheduled to arrive the third week of July. Rest Rooms: Old finishes have been removed and new finishes are being installed. This project is on schedule to complete the first week of August.


    05-25-10 - Construction Bond Levy Status Report

    Cascade Locks
    Stage and restroom renovations completed. Will start on renovations of play shed ceiling and siding as soon as school is out.

    May Street
    Spaces have been turned over to the school. Contractor is finishing up punch list.

    Westside
    Spaces have been turned over to the school. Contractor is finishing up punch list.

    Mid Valley
    All sheet rock has been installed and finished, Wall are being painted this week. Basketball backboards have cut-outs are completed. Back boards will be installed in about 2 weeks. Kitchen ceiling grids are being installed. Kitchen floors are being prepared to receive tile. Tile to be installed near the end of next week. Trash enclosure has been excavated and poured. Side walk on west side of building will be poured next week. Block walls for area will be erected next week. Irrigation system is in the process of being repaired and will be operational this week. Exterior architectural metal panels will be installed this week. Sewage pumping station is being installed this week. Kitchen equipment will be installed the last week of May. Grading and asphalt should be done the first week of June. Project is expected to be substantially complete about the 15th of June.

    Parkdale
    Roof beams and car decking have been sanded and sealed. Walls, door jams, and window frames are in the process of being painted. Finish duct work is being installed this week. Cabinets and book cases are being installed. Light fixtures are being installed. Exterior painting is in process. Flooring is scheduled to follow shortly after. Exterior fencing has been removed. Landscaping and asphalt repairs are scheduled the last week in May. New sky lights and flooring in older building will start as soon as school is out about June 11th. This project will be complete about the end of June.

    Hood River Middle School
    Garden area is completed and turned over to the school. 14,000 gal. water storage tanj for irrigation has been installed. The excavation spoils are stored on sit to be used for the infill of the space created by the removal of the oil storage tank. The oil storage tank will be removed starting Monday next week. The process will take about 3 days,

    Science / Music : Water proofing been installed on exterior walls. Roofing is being installed on science and music areas. All interior framing is completed in the science / music areas. Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical rough-in’s are just about complete. Cover inspections are expected the end of this week. Sheet rock and suspended ceilings are to be started next week. Windows are to be delivered and installed starting the 19th. of May. The brick will be started as soon as windows are installed.

    Storage Shed: Framing is completed, electrical rough-in is being done. Roofing is being installed next week, along with the water proofing and siding.

    Work on the main building will start as soon as school is out. Project is on track to finish the 3rd. Week of August.

    Wy’east
    Performance Center Exterior framing and steel completed. All exterior sheathing has been applied. The exterior of the building is being prepared for the first coat of stucco. The brown coat will be applied next week. Roofers are on site drying-in the performance center. The interior steel stud framing is 95% complete. Interior shear walls are about 75 % complete. Rough in for mechanical and electrical systems are in process. Dry wall and insulation are scheduled to be completed the end of May.

    The new restrooms in the Smith Building are ready for tile, which will be delivered on May 21st. . Rough-ins and framing for the science room in the original building are completed. Sheet rock has been installed. The floor has been leveled. Cabinets and sinks should be installed this week. The Flooring is scheduled to start next week. This space should be done by the end of the month.

    HRVHS
    Music and Theater Addition
    All windows are installed and exterior stucco finish is almost completed. Interior work in process, insulation and dry-wall are installed. Wall finishes are in process, with painting of these spaces to take place next week. Ceiling grids are to be installed next week. Heating connections are being completed this week. Case work for this area will be installed the last week of May.

    Science Addition: All windows and doors have been installed. Exterior brick work is in the process. Of being installed. Insulation has been installed in exterior walls. Rough-in for plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems will be completed early this week. Dry wall has started in areas that have been inspected and passed for cover. Concrete floors will be stained the last week of May.

    Rest Rooms: Second set of rest rooms are in the process of tile being installed. Will be open about the last week of school.


    03-10-10 - Construction Bond Levy Status Report

    Cascade Locks.
    Punch list items are being corrected.  We’ll do a financial review and choose the next  Cascade Locks upgrade shortly (funding dependent).
     
    May Street
    Space is just about completed.   Doing walk-through and punch list Friday morning at 8 A.M.   Stair-lift will be installed 3/22/10.  Coiling doors over interior classroom windows will be installed 3/22/10.  Fire Alarm  drawings are with the City of Hood River for review.  Fire Alarm room devices will be installed spring break.  Divider Partitions yet to be installed in the resource room area.  Occupancy inspection to take place on 3/24/10.

    Westside School
    Exterior stucco is completed.   Doors and Windows are not yet in - they were blown off the delivery truck coming through the Gorge.  The manufacturer is re-doing the order as a rush priority and they will be here on Monday. All the sheet rock  is completed and painting is in process.  Case work is being installed this week and next.  Floor coverings are to be installed next week. Classroom doors will be installed next week.  Grid ceilings start this week and finish next week.  Exterior site work will be finished the week of spring break.  The new bath rooms will not be completed at the end of spring break (there was a delay in the shipping of the tile).  Hope to install the week after spring break.    Punch list and walk through the end of March.  Occupancy inspection scheduled for 4/7/10.

    Mid-Valley
    The mold growth on the underside of the roof structure has been completely removed; all contaminated surfaces have been cleaned and sealed.  Woodburn Construction (General Contractor) contracted with I.R.S. Environmental to clean and encapsulate all contaminated areas.  All insulation and sheetrock in contaminated areas were removed.  Electrical conduit, heating ducts, and water lines that were in the way  were removed during this process.  The District contracted with P.B.S. Environmental to test and inspect the contaminated areas.  We have received a report confirming the space has been inspected and is safe to start putting the ceiling assemblies back in place.  Window frames will start the 16th of March.  All exterior brick work is completed.  Sewage pump has been ordered with a 2 to 3 week delivery.  Exterior site work is to follow installation of sewage pump around the 1st week of April.

    Parkdale          
    The roof is completed, exterior doors  and windows installed.  Exterior Stucco is completed.  Interior door jambs are installed, and the wall insulation is going in.  Dry wall starts on Monday.  Painting and HVAC trim to start early April, with flooring to follow.    We are working on a revising the schedule.  The current completion date for the entire project is July 15th.  We hope to cut at least 3 weeks off this schedule.

    HRMS
    We are still on schedule.  The garden area will be ready to turn over to the school by April 15, 2010.  The excavation for the sewer line is in process.  It was held up for a few days due to wet conditions and trucks on the side hill slope.  Grading and backfill around the building is in process.  The Geo-thermal field is scheduled to start next week. Science room and music room slabs are poured. Wall and roof framing are scheduled to start next week. Electrical, Mechanical and Plumbing systems are being roughed in on interior walls.  The Brick Wall Mock-up is on site at the East end of the building for those that are curious as to how it will look.  We are working on getting the permit for the main building.  We anticipate that we are 6 weeks from obtaining required permits.  City has required that we install an A.D.A. path to the existing library from the main building as part of the permit.  We have an old heating oil tank located the requested path way.  You will see a change order for the removal of this tank.  We will be doing the required D.E.Q. testing and following all requirements.   Best case scenario is about $12,000  if the tank has not been compromised.  If the tank has leaked the cost will increase.

    Wy’East
    All slabs are poured for the new theater area.  Steel structure framing materials have arrived on site and are being erected.  Work in the old SPED room starts on Monday. A walk-through and punch list was done on the stage spaces and all items have been corrected.  The computer room on the old stage area will be used as educational space on Monday the 15th.  The general contractor has started to remodel the rest room in the Smith building. We expect to have them open early April. 

    HRVHS    
    Music area
     All steel work is completed.  Walls are sheathed.  The roof membrane has been installed. The space is dry.  Electrical, mechanical and plumbing rough-in are in process.
    Insulation and sheetrock will be installed this week.

    Science addition   All structural steel is installed.  All concrete slabs are poured.  Most of the steel stud framing is complete and sheathing will get started.  The Roof Membrane is expected to installed next week. Rough–in for Electrical,  Mechanical, and  Plumbing will take the next 2 weeks to complete.

    First set of restrooms are finished.  The school was able to use them during the lock-in last Friday night.   Will move on to the next set soon.  We are waiting for materials to arrive so as to shorten the down time on the use of the restrooms right after the current ones are open.


    02-10-10 - Construction Bond Update

    Facilities Director Randall Johnston provided the following update for the February 10th Board meeting:

    Cascade Locks
    Rest Rooms Remodels are just about completed.  What remains is the installation of new exhaust fan units and that is weather dependent.  Project punch list items are in process.
     
    May Street
    A little bit of gym work remains to complete. Items include touch-up painting on the walls around columns.

    The new resource room is completely framed and dried in. Roofing is completed and the roof metal and gutters are being installed. Electrical, and mechanical rough-ins are completed. The store front is to be installed this week. The exterior brick and siding are to be installed as soon as store front is completed. The resource room is ready for paint. New bathrooms are being tiled. Over the next few weeks, cabinetry and painting will follow. The space is on schedule to be completed will by March 26th.

    Westside School
    Framing is 98 % completed. Roofing materials are on with roof metals to follow. The electrical rough-in is about 95% complete and the mechanical rough-in is in process. Doors and windows are ready to being installed. We are ready for insulation and dry wall to be installed. PBS Environmental will be out Thursday to inspect prior to insulation and sheetrock being installed. The new rooms are being heated with portable space heaters. The space is on schedule to be completed by March 26th.

    Mid-Valley: This project is about one month behind original schedule.
    Mold was discovered in the ceiling of the new kitchen and teachers’ lunch area.  PBS was called out to inspect and provide a plan for remediation.  All sheet rock and insulation in those areas will be removed. IRS Environmental has been hired by the general contractor to perform the required remediation task.  The total process of remediation will take up to four weeks. This expense will be the responsibility of the general contractor.  During this process all other interior work will be halted. The cafeteria area of the project was not compromised and work can continue in that area.  Woodburn Construction has been very cooperative in the remediation process to date.  They have closed up the building so heat can be applied to assist in the drying process.  The brick veneer continues to be installed, and is just about completed.   Windows and doors are out about one more week.  We are hopeful that the building will be completed by the start of summer school in July.

    Parkdale: This project is about one month behind original schedule.
    The original roofing contractor has been removed from the project.  A new contractor is on site with new materials which are stockpiled and protected from the weather.  The new roofing contractor hopes to be completed by the end of this week.

    North-facing windows have been installed.  North entry doors are scheduled to be installed this week and the building is currently being heated. This space will not be ready before end of school.

    HRMS
    All footings have been poured. About 50% of the walls are poured. The contractor is working on the remaining insulated concrete forms and will complete them next week. The excavation contractor will start the work on the sewer line 2/16/10. Electrical and plumbing underground work is in process.

    Wy’East
    The stage area project is almost completed. This area will be turned over to the school for classes to start on 2/18/2010. Stair lift is eight weeks out on delivery. The new performance area footings have been poured and excavation and grading for the slab is in process. The forming of concrete walls is in process and the contractors are working on rough-in for electrical and plumbing.

    HRVHS
    Music area
    The steel framework has been erected and steel studs are going in. The exterior wall sheeting will start on 2/15/2010. Roofing of the music area will start next week, weather permitting.

    Science addition Structural steel is installed and it will take the next two weeks to complete the framing and shear walls. The contractors expect to start the roof the week of the 22nd of Feb. 

    The first set of restrooms is receiving the plumbing finishes and the workers will move on to the next set of restroom upgrades as soon as the first set is reopened.

    Energy Update
    Mechanical Contractor Charter Mechanical has all four new boilers and the water heater installed at HRVHS. The remaining  existing boiler has been removed. E.S.C., the control contractor, is working closely with McKinstry and Charter to interrogate controls for the operation of the boilers.

    Charter Mechanical is currently working on drawings for both Mid-Valley and Wy’east boiler replacement projects.  These projects will start as soon as school is out.

    E.S.C. Automation has been working on shop drawings and submittals for all supervisory projects. All submittals have been submitted. Work has started at Cascade Locks and H.R.V.H.S.;

    McKinstry has started steam trap replacement at Parkdale and has been changing out bad valves. We have two steam traps left to replace in the crawl space. Control changes are in the planning process.

    HRMS is in process and is about 50% completed for steam trap replacement.

    Lighting program is working through punch list items.

    Finance Director Nick Hogan provided the energy savings information earlier in the evening and no change orders are pending action at this time.


    01-20-10 - Construction Bond Levy Update

    Cascade Locks
    Rest Rooms Remodels are just about completed. New toilets with dual flush valves installed ( water saver ) and new urinals with automated sensor flush valves ( water saver) have been installed. The walls have been painted and new floors have been installed. FRP panels have been installed on all wet walls, along with automated sensor valves at the wash basins. Toilet partitions are installed. What remains is the installation of new exhaust fan units ( weather dependent ). Project punch list will be complete next week.

    May Street
    A little bit of gym work remains to complete. Items include touch up painting on the walls around columns plus the installation of a new door on the S.W. stairwell.

    The new resource room is completely framed and dried in. Single ply roofing to be installed first dry day. Roof metal and gutters are to be installed afterward. Electrical and mechanical rough in are completed. The store front is to be installed next week. The exterior brick and siding are to be installed as soon as store front is completed. Insulation and sheet rock are being installed. Cabinetry and painting will follow over the next few weeks. This space will be ready for occupancy by Spring Break.

    Westside School
    All foundations and slabs are completed. Structural steel erection is completed.  Framing is 80% completed. Crews working on clerestory framing at this time.  Roofing is scheduled to start on the next dry after the 18th  weather permitting.   Electrical rough-in is in process.   Mechanical rough-in to start as soon as the roof is on.  Doors and windows will be installed starting the 20th.   Insulation and dry wall to follow shortly after dry in of roof, on about the 25th of January.  Space to be completed by Spring Break.

    Mid-Valley

    Rough-in of mechanical and electrical systems  are in process.  Interior steel framing is finishing up, should be completed this week.  Sheetrock has been installed on all ceilings of new spaces   Brick veneers are being installed, this will take about 2 more weeks.  We will be doing electrical and mechanical inspections next week prior to covering walls.  Insulation and sheet rock of walls will be about 2 weeks out.  Windows and doors are out about 4 weeks.  Field measuring for kitchen equipment will take place this week.  We are still looking at alternative sewage pump systems.  Will install the selected system early February.  Space to be completed in May 2010.

    Parkdale        Note:  This project is about 1 month behind original schedule.
    We had some roofing problems at Parkdale.  Roofing contractor allowed water to get under the membrane over a week-end.  As a result about 50% of the roof insulation got wet and will need to be replaced.  The contractor has agreed to replace all wet insulation.  Hale Construction has made arrangements for an independent inspection  from “Professional Roof Consultants”.  The roofing contractor has dry insulation on site and will start repairs on the next dry day. 

    All interior framing in library is completed.  New stair way from gym to playground is in and canopy has been installed.  Store front entry will be installed next week.  Skylights have been installed, and the concrete stairway from playground to the library hall have been poured. Rough in for electrical and plumbing is being installed.
    Space to be completed early June 2010.

    Pine Grove
    Bond projects completed.

    HRMS
    Contractor working on both building site pads.  Will be forming and pouring the footing for both the science / music rooms and the storage building this week and next week.   Poured first footings today.  Electrical contractor is working on underground conduits. 

    Wy’East
    Stage area project is almost completed.  Sheet rock and painting will be completed soon.  This area will be ready for the school to use in about 2 weeks.  Stair lift is 8 week out on delivery.  

    The new performance area has had footings poured.  Excavation and grading for slab is in process.  Forming of concrete walls in process.  Contractors are working on rough in for electrical and plumbing.

    HRVHS    
    Music area   Footings are poured, underground utilities in, they are ready to pour slab.

    Science addition  Footings poured, underground utilities being installed, Forming foundation wall for pour next week.  Will pour ½ of slab this week, the other half the following week.  Restrooms by cafeteria ready for ceramic tile and painting. Will be open about the 25th of  January.  Structural steel and trusses scheduled  to arrive on the 18th and be installed the week of the 25th.  

    Energy Update
    Mechanical Contractor (Charter Mechanical) has all 4 new boilers and water heaters installed at HRVHS.  Contractor will start testing  the boilers the end of the month.  After successfully running them for a week with no problems  the remaining  existing boiler will be removed (mid February).   E.S.C.  (our controls contractor) is working closely with McKinstry and Charter  to integrate controls for the operation of the boilers.

    Charter Mechanical is currently working on drawings for both Mid-Valley and Wy’east  boiler replacement projects.  

    Control Contractor  E.S.C. Automation has been working on shop drawings and submittals for all supervisory projects.  All submittals should be in the end of January.

    McKinstry has started steam trap replacement at Parkdale by changing out  bad traps.  School has gone from too cool in certain spaces to too warm in the same spaces.  Will be working on controls to even out the heat. 

    HRMS is next on the steam trap replacement schedule. 

    Lighting program:  Working through punch list items.


    11-02-09 - Construction Bond Milestone: Contractor Chosen for Hood River Middle School
    Construction of a new music classroom and science laboratory at Hood River Middle School is on target after selection of a general contractor for the project. The School Board on Wednesday chose Kirby Nagelhout Construction of Bend to do the work at a total cost of $2,349,000. The project is to be completed by September 2010.

    The project will incorporate a wide range of features that are industry-certified as conserving resources. For example, most of the material generated in demolishing the existing structure will be reused or recycled. In addition, the new construction will be designed to reduce costs by reducing energy and water use, increasing natural lighting and increasing outdoor air ventilation.

    Kirby Nagelhout submitted the lowest total bid in a field of 12 bidders. All of the competitors submitted a base bid for the main components of the project and bids for six alternate projects. The School Board voted to fund none of the alternates, but to direct staff to seek less expensive ways to include these features:

    • Site improvements to create outdoor classroom learning space.
    • Photovoltaic panels that would generate electricity needed by the new facility.
    • A “dashboard” display system that will show the energy use and production by the new facility. This would serve as a learning station for students.

    Some of the selected alternates, particularly the photovoltaic panels, will qualify for rebates, grant funds or other cost offsets that will reduce the final cost.

    The projects at the middle school are funded by a $25.1 million bond measure that local voters approved last year. Bond funds are underwriting major repairs, upgrades and energy efficiency improvements at every school in the district. A citizen oversight committee reviews all bond expenditures.

    More than 20 local contractors and vendors are currently sharing in the construction bond levy work. They include Hire Electric, which is a first-tier subcontractor for Kirby Nagelhout on the Hood River Middle School project.


    10-20-09 - Construction Bond Milestone: Contractors Chosen for Hood River Valley and Wy’east
    The Hood River County School Board, meeting in Cascade Locks on Wednesday night, awarded the contacts for major additions to Triplett-Wellman Inc. of Woodburn for the high school and 2KG Contractors of Milwaukie for the middle school as general contractors.

    Triplett-Wellman submitted a $4.3 million bid to add six science classrooms and expand the high school’s music and drama facilities. 2KG submitted a $2.8 million bid to build a performing arts theater, update science classrooms and add a conference and computer lab room at Wy’east. 2KG is the general contractor for current projects at May Street and Westside elementary schools and was the general contractor for the Wy’east classroom addition in 2000.

    Work on both projects is expected to be completed by September 2010. The projects are funded by a $25.1 million bond measure that local voters approved last year. Bond funds are underwriting additions, major repairs, upgrades and energy efficiency improvements at every school in the district. A citizen oversight committee reviews all bond expenditures. The combined bids for the Hood River Valley High and Wy’east were 4 percent below a budget established in August, for a total savings of approximately $314,000.

    Triplett-Wellman’s bid for the high school was the lowest of eight submitted. The company will subcontract major components of the project to Hood River Plumbing, Pioneer Sheet Metal, KD Drywall and Portland Electric. Hood River Plumbing will handle heating and ventilation work, as it is now doing for bond projects at Mid Valley and May Street Elementary Schools. 2KG’s bid for Wy’east was the lowest of six qualified bids. A seventh bid was disqualified because it did not disclose its major subcontractors. 2KG will subcontract for major components with Oregon Cascade, Conduit Electric and Cascade Commercial. More than 20 local contractors and vendors are participating in the current Construction Bond levy work at the schools.


    Westside Local Committee member Ann Schlemmer wields the golden shovel as student council members, staff and superintendent join in a groundbreaking ceremony at Westside Elementary School. (Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rae)
    Westside Local Committee member Ann Schlemmer wields the golden shovel as student council members, staff and superintendent join in a groundbreaking ceremony at Westside Elementary School. (Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rae)

    10-01-09 - Construction Bond Milestone: Groundbreaking at Westside Elementary
    A groundbreaking ceremony on September 25 marked the start of construction at Westside Elementary School. The work is funded by our 2008 School Construction Bond measure. Major improvements at May Street include replacing four classrooms. In addition, the driveway and entrances and exits in front of the school have been reconfigured to separate buses from cars and walking students. Other projects included remodeling the office to improve efficiency and security, and upgrading lighting and heating systems for energy savings.


    Oct 1, 2009 - Construction is Underway at Elementary Schools
    Groundbreaking ceremonies are being held at our elementary schools as demolition work is completed and construction begins. Here’s an update on the progress for all schools.

    May Street Elementary:  Added Classroom ($311,000)
    A new classroom and restrooms will be added, but currently the interior upgrades to the 1922 original construction are the big story at May Street.  Steel beams for earthquake safety are being added to the gym, which will keep the gym closed for classroom use until October 1.  Soundproofing the gym floor will improve the classrooms below for learning, and porches over the portable classrooms on the south side of the school will keep students drier.

    Lighting upgrades, exterior fencing, and a new carpet in the library are other important projects at May Street.  The general contractor for May Street is 2KG Construction of Portland.

    Mid Valley Elementary:  New Cafeteria ($2.1 million)
    A new cafeteria is a planned addition at Mid Valley Elementary to replace the 1937 cafeteria.  The addition will be on the north side of the school, using the existing covered play area roof and supports in the new construction.  The replaced covered play area will be ready for students when school starts in September 2009, and the new cafeteria should be ready by fall 2010.

    Other upgrades to the school include a new boiler, lighting upgrades and other energy efficiencies.

    Woodburn Construction was the successful bidder on the Mid Valley project.

    Parkdale Elementary:  New Library ($990,000)
    The major project is the replacement of an old portable classroom with a new library and computer classroom.  The old portable has been demolished and the foundation for the new building is underway.  Take a look at the Parkdale Bond Projects web site at www.hoodriver.k12.or.us under the “Select a School” menu at the upper left of the District page. 

    The library addition is planned for completion around spring break in 2010.  Other important projects at Parkdale School, originally built in 1937, include a new cafeteria floor which was completed last school year, improved playground drainage, and upgrades to the bathrooms.

    Hood River general contractor Hale Construction was the successful bidder on the Parkdale addition.

    Westside Elementary (Four classrooms replaced, $1.1 million)

    The earliest project to reach completion at Westside is the driveway in front of the school, where a new exit will help separate buses and bus riders from walking students and parental cars.  The new traffic pattern allows cars to enter the driveway on the south end of campus and to exit to the west in the middle of the driveway, while buses park on the north end of the driveway. An office remodel will improve traffic flow and should be done early in September.

    Ground should be broken soon for the classrooms.  The general contractor for Westside is 2KG Construction of Portland.

    Cascade Locks School K-8 (New media room on the gym stage)
    The media area on the stage in the gym has been remodeled and is scheduled for completion soon.  Local contractors did all the work on this space.

    Fire safety improvements, restroom and energy upgrades are scheduled.  

    MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS OUT TO BID SOON
    Bids for the additions at Wy’east Middle School and Hood River Valley High are planned for release mid-September and awarding the bid about a month later. 

    The bid for Hood River Middle School is planned for release about October 1 and will be awarded a month later.  The old bus barn/band room will be demolished soon, and a portable classroom has been installed to use during this school year.

    Work on all three projects is planned for completion in time for school opening in fall, 2010.


    Sept 14, 2009 - Energy Efficiency Improves as Upgrades are Installed
    The Hood River County School District is working with an Energy Services Performance Contractor (McKinstry Essention, Inc) to perform energy-related efficiency improvements and systems upgrades in all district buildings.  Much of the actual work in the schools is being done by local electrical and heating/air conditioning contractors. 

    Energy efficiencies are already paying off.  Reduced energy consumption at Hood River Middle School due to the lighting upgrades will allow the temporary portable classroom for Music to run without bringing additional electrical power to the site.

    Major scheduled improvements include:

    Lighting upgrades at all sites:  (total cost approximately $738,000) 
    Outdated lighting fixtures at all sites will be replaced with new high-efficiency T8 florescent fixtures and electronic ballasts. 
    Lighting in most gymnasiums will be replaced with T5 High Output florescent high-bay fixtures. 

    Work is currently in progress at most sites and scheduled to be completed shortly after the start of the 09-10 school year.

    Mechanical Upgrades:  (total cost apprx $6.2 million) Major Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) upgrades and replacements are planned at several sites.  District maintenance staff worked with McKinstry over the past six months to perform a complete analysis of current systems, possible improvements, and cost-benefits of each. 

    The team selected final projects based on projected energy savings and school needs.  Detailed specifications are currently being developed for the selected projects, with plans to select contractors through a competitive bid process starting this fall.  These improvements will be funded by a combination of construction bond levy money, Business Energy Tax credits from the State of Oregon, SB1149 revenues, utility incentives, grants, and zero-interest federal loans to be repaid from reduced energy bills.  (Our energy contractor, McKinstry, guarantees a certain minimum amount of final energy savings).

    Major HVAC projects planned at this time include:

    • Retro-commissioning at several schools: In this process, technicians verify that HVAC equipment is operating properly and recommend any necessary repairs. They also train district staff on proper system operation for maximum efficiency.
    • Replacement of the entire 1937 heating system in older portion of Mid Valley Elementary School.
    • Replace existing 1954 steam boiler at Wy’east Middle School with two new condensing hot water boilers.
    • Replace existing 1970 boilers at Hood River Valley High School with three new high-efficiency condensing boilers, sized to better match building needs.
    • Install updated HVAC controls at most locations to allow maintenance staff to monitor system operation and diagnose some problems from remote locations. All of the new controls can be programmed for automatic lowered nighttime interior temperatures.
    • Steam trap maintenance: Repair or replace all steam traps district-wide.

    Solar Energy: Install a 252 kw photovoltaic system on the roof of HRVHS (new science wing), including 1,440 175-watt panels and a 260 kw inverter. McKinstry has received commitment for a $200,000 Blue Sky grant to help fund this project. Bonneville Environmental Foundation plans to provide educational models for school district use.


    July 16, 2009 - Groundbreaking at Parkdale and Mid Valley Elementary Schools
    bob Danko, Principal Kim Vogel, Superintendent Pat Evenson-Brady, Local committee members Roxanne Blaine and Shawn Summersett. Third grader Evan Blaine and first grader Reid Blaine are holding the golden shovel.Members of the Parkdale Local School Committee donned hardhats and gathered at Parkdale School to celebrate the removal of the old portable classroom behind the school and the beginning of the construction of the new school library and computer classroom. Board member Bob Danko joined (l. to r.) principal Kim Vogel, Superintendent Pat Evenson-Brady, Local Committee members Roxanne Blaine and Shawn Summersett in celebrating the beginning of the construction.

    The golden shovel is wielded by Parkdale third grader Evan Blaine and first grader Reid Blaine. Completion is planned for April 2010. The contractor is Hale Construction of Hood River.

    Principal Dennis McCauley, Mid Valley students, staff and parents, and Local Committee and Board members.And at Mid Valley, hardhats and a golden shovel marked groundbreaking as Principal Dennis McCauley and Mid Valley students, staff and parents, and Local Committee and board members gathered at Mid Valley to celebrate the beginning of construction.   A new covered playshed is expected to be ready for students by the time school opens.  The new playshed will allow demolition of the existing covered play area to make space for the new cafeteria construction.  Replacing the existing 72-year old cafeteria was a priority for the school.  The new cafeteria is expected to be ready for the opening of school fall 2010.  

    Pat Evenson-Brady, Ph.D.
    Superintendent, Hood River County Schools
    1011 Eugene Street
    Hood River, OR 97031
    pebrady@hoodriver.k12.or.us
    541-387-5013


    May 19, 2009 Update:

    General Notes:

    A. Three bid packages will be issued for construction work:

    1. Elementary Schools, release date 5/28/09
    2. Middle Schools, release date 8/15/ 2009
    3. High School, release date 9/1/2009

    B. Security cameras installation in progress at HRVHS ( local contractor ).

    C. Energy lighting upgrades issued for bid.  Bids are back and have been reviewed.  We are in the process of notifying the bidders of their status.  Bidders included 3 local bidders plus 3 from Portland.

    D. Energy Upgrades:  Mechanical P.D.P. is due June 2, 2009.  This will include new boilers at 3 schools - Wy’East, Mid Valley, and Hood River Valley High School.  Projects include new heating control systems at all educational facilities.  This will allow centralized monitoring and control of heating & cooling systems.

    E. A complete roof survey has been completed for all buildings.  This work was performed by Professional Roof Consultants, Inc.  We now have a true condition assessment of our roofs and will schedule roof repairs and replacements to gain maximum life cycle of roof membranes.


    April 30, 2009 Update:

    1. Cascade Locks K-12 (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      The school has decided to use their bond funds to remodel the stage area. The project includes removal of the steel roll up door, installation of folding partition wall four feet back from the front of the platform, and the installation of a motorized projection screen. There will be new platform lights, wall surfaces, and cabinetry. The folding wall, projection screen, and south wall (face of stage) surface are scheduled to be completed by June 1st in time for senior graduation ceremony. Contract will be awarded to a local area contractor through a competitive bid process.
    2. May Street Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are completed and with the district for review. We have applied for plan review with the City of HR. The meeting with the city of HR Planning Department is set for May 5th. Anticipate starting construction in July. Will pull out small items for local contractors. (covered porch at portable, parking lot lights)
    3. Parkdale Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are completed and are with the district for review. Project expected to start in July. Project includes a new library/computer room, along with a remodel of commons area (old library area). There will also be some improvements in the disposal of ground water.
    4. Pine Grove Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      In the planning stages for work on play pit area. New retaining walls and play surface (soft fall surface). We will also be addressing the drainage issues related to disposal of surface water on the east side of the building. Project will be done over summer.
    5. Mid-Valley Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are completed and are with the district for review. Project expected to start in July. Will complete the new play she over the summer (break out bid). Project includes a new kitchen/cafeteria and staff room.
    6. Westside Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are completed and with the district for review. Project expected to start in July.
    7. Hood River Middle School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are completed and with the district for review. We have applied for plan review with the city. The meeting with the city is set for May 5th. Anticipate starting construction in September. We will pull out small items for local contractors (site/prep work, possible demo of old bus shed).
    8. Wy’East Middle School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      100% C.D. drawings are scheduled to be completed this week for the district to review. Project expected to start in July or August.
    9. Hood River Valley High School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF File))
      100% C.D. Drawings are scheduled to be completed this week for the district to review. Projects expected to start in August.
    10. Frankton Early Childhood Center
      No changes.
    11. Maintenance/ Transportation, Coe Building, and District Office Building
      Parking lot lights at the district office are complete.

    If you have questions on the construction bond levy, please call Hood River County School District Facilities Director Randall Johnston at 541-387-5710.


    Previous Updates:

    November 18, 2008:

    1. Cascade Locks K-12 (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      Installation of sprinkler system. The drawings are in to Hood River County for review and permits. Should be out of the review process this week. Cascade Fire Protection will be on site November 26 & 28 to install new valves and make the wall penetrations required for the new sprinkler system. They will return on December 22 to install the sprinkler system in the hallways and classrooms. Project is scheduled to be completed January 2, 2009. We have met with Opsis Architecture, Principal Ed Drew, Local Committee members and school staff in regards science rooms, conference room, restroom, and kitchen upgrades.
    2. May Street Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      Carpet has been installed in the Library. Roof replacement over cafeteria, kitchen and boiler room is completed. We have met with Opsis, Principal Susan Henness, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: small group meeting room, additional restrooms, acoustic improvements, covered porch for portable, and structural improvements on south stairwell of the gym. Parking lot lighting and fencing will be started shortly after we have a complete plan of all improvements.
    3. Parkdale Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We are in the process of getting bids for the cafeteria flooring. Our goal is to complete this project over winter break (Dec. 22 to Jan. 2). We have met with Opsis, Principal Kim Vogel, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: improved drainage ( east side ), modify play shed for better vision, natural lighting in west addition. We discussed the need for a new library to be located where the current portable is located.
    4. Pine Grove Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      The following items have been completed: resurfacing of gymnasium, evaluation of drainage problems on east side of school. We have inspected the roof drains and have had them cleared by jetting the pipe runs. The drain on the N.E. was completely blocked. This drain is root bound and will require additional service. We have met with Opsis, Principal Kelly Beard, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: play shed drainage, outlets in classrooms and upgrade of commons area (North side exterior entrance).
    5. Mid-Valley Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We have met with Opsis, Principal Dennis McCauley, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: new cafeteria, playshed, and windows in front entry area. Other activities such as carpet replacement and gym divider curtains will be started after we have an approved plan for location of the new cafeteria.
    6. Westside Elementary School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We have met with Opsis, Principal; Dan Patton, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: construct three new classrooms, add additional restrooms, and convert Sped Room to staff lounge. We discussed cafeteria flooring, gym divider curtains, traffic flow improvements, and office security options (most of these options to be started summer 2009).
    7. Hood River Middle School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We have met twice with Opsis, Principal Brent Emmons, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: new music room with practice rooms, science field study lab that shares the same building. We also looked at 3 rd floor ADA accessibility. Items listed as maintenance and essential improvements will be addressed as soon as we have a complete plan of construction projects.
    8. Wy’East Middle School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF file))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We have met twice with Opsis, principal Catherine Dalbey, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following: Music room / performance center, grandstand safety improvements, and converting current music room to classrooms. The next scheduled meeting at Wy’east is Wednesday, Nov 19. Items listed as maintenance and essential improvements will be addressed as soon as we have a complete plan of construction projects. These items will be started between now and summer 2009.
    9. Hood River Valley High School (Click here to view the floor plan (PDF File))
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. We have met twice with Opsis, Principal Karen Neitzel, Local Committee members and school staff in regards to building improvements that include the following:, Six new science rooms, and enlarge art classroom or music classrooms by 1,000 sq.ft. The next scheduled meeting at HRVHS will be Wednesday, Nov. 19. Items listed under health & safety and program maintenance & essential improvements will be addressed as soon as we have a complete plan of construction projects. These items will started between now and summer 2009.
    10. Frankton Early Childhood Center
      Paving of driveway and parking lot have been completed (summer 2008). Program maintenance and essential items will be addressed over the summer of 2009.
    11. Maintenance/ Transportation, Coe Building, and District Office Building
      No physical Bond work has been completed as of today. Waiting final Technical Energy Audit results from McKinstry. Energy improvements along with service upgrades will be addressed after we receive the completed Project Development Plan This is expected early spring 2009.

    If you have questions on the construction bond levy, please call Hood River County School District Facilities Director Randall Johnston at 541-387-5710.