School may be out for summer break, but construction at Woodburn Schools is in high-gear while students are away. Many projects that are part of the bond-funded package that voters approved in 2015 are being finished this summer before students return to the classrooms, including the completion of the new Success High School. The Bond Advisory Accountability Committee was provided an update at its meeting on Wednesday, July 11 by John O. Henri of J.J. Henri Company, the construction manager for the Woodburn School District.
Success High School
A new high school building is being constructed on the site adjacent to the Welcome Center/District Office on Meridian Drive. The final building will include community meeting space, as well as a solar array that will provide green energy to power the school. Construction is expected to be complete and the building ready for staff and students before the 2018-19 school year begins.
Recently the racks for the solar panels were added, and the underground conduit to connect power to the building is currently being installed. The solar panels are expected to arrive mid-July so they can be installed on the racks and complete the solar project.
[PHOTO: Racking for the solar array is complete and awaiting the arrival and installation of the panels.]
Last month the exterior masonry wall was built, and most of the work being doing on site now is focused on the interior of the building, including electrical and mechanical finishes, painting and flooring installations.
Outside the Success High School building work is being done on the sidewalks and curbs, including the installation of irrigation systems and soon contractors will plant landscaping.
[PHOTO: Aerial view of the Success High School site and building underway]
The Washington Elementary site projects include the addition of a two-story classroom building; underground water lines for fire suppression system; fire department access roads; storm water management system; a new covered play area; bus turn-around and staff parking; and a new gymnasium building. The two-story building and gymnasium additions are nearly complete. This summer work framing work is being done in the existing library, which will become three additional classrooms, and other converted spaces. The kitchen/cafeteria in the pre-existing building is being converted to a library. And the gymnasium that has been replaced by the new addition will now serve as the kitchen/cafeteria. Bathrooms throughout the school are getting upgrades to be accessible to all.
[PHOTO: Exterior of the new gymnasium building at Washington Elementary]
[PHOTO: Aerial photo of the new two-story addition at Washington Elementary]
[PHOTO: Aerial view of Washington Elementary shows the news covered play area and two-story classroom and gymnasium additions]
Concurrent with the interior work underway that was funded by the school bond, seismic upgrades are being made at Washington Elementary that were majorly financed by a grant received. In 2017, the Woodburn School District was awarded two grants totaling $3 million from the Infrastructure Finance Authority in 2017. The funds will be used for seismic upgrades to Washington and Lincoln Elementary Schools. Community approval for a bond in 2015 helped the school district leverage some of the funding from the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program.
Woodburn High School
Currently the final phases of the installation of fire sprinklers is being finalized in the four high school buildings on the Woodburn High School campus. The first phase was completed in the summer of 2017, which included common areas, the restored section of the high school, and the Lectorium.
[PHOTO: Fire Sprinklers being installed in the Woodburn Academy of Art, Science and Technology]
Lincoln Elementary and French Prairie Middle School
The school district is taking advantage of the time that students are on break to replace classroom windows at Lincoln Elementary and French Prairie Middle School. The windows that are scheduled for replacement meet the aesthetic requirements of the City of Woodburn and are energy efficient. At the same time the windows are being replaced, upgrades to Lincoln Elementary are underway that are part of the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program from the Infrastructure Finance Authority. In addition, the gymnasium flooring at French Prairie is being abated and replaced. These projects will be complete before the new school year begins.
[PHOTO: Seismic upgrades at Lincoln Elementary]
Nellie Muir Elementary
This summer, Nellie Muir Elementary is getting an upgrade to its mechanical systems. Twelve new heating, ventilation and air conditioning units are on order and will replace the current rooftop units.
The Woodburn School District is thankful for the support of the community that has invested in its students. The approval of the $65 million bond in 2015 is $65 million bond is providing the resources to add space for students, make major repairs to maintain schools, and improve security/technology systems. To sign-up to receive updates on bond-funded projects, or follow construction via active 24-hour web cameras, please visit www.woodburnsd.org/bond-updates.
The Woodburn School District provides a world-class education to over 5,600 students in grades K-12 across four elementary, two middle and five small high schools. We offer challenging academics that include all-day kindergarten, dual language instruction, Advanced Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate diploma. We embrace innovation in our instructional practices with teams of teachers working together for student progress. Woodburn graduation rates are 12 percent higher than the state average, and even higher for disadvantaged student populations. For more information about Woodburn School District, visit www.woodburnsd.org or like us on Facebook (WSD103).