Bond Program Information
What's Happening Now
Important Deadlines and Dates
You can still submit an application for Design Advisory Committees for the following schools: Franklin, Mt. View, and Corvallis High School. Apply online
To be rescheduled due to school closure: Adams, Jefferson, Wilson Design Advisory Committee meeting #2
The month of May has seen considerable progress at several project sites.
Garfield Elementary is looking quite different, with the interior areas significantly demolished to prepare for seismic upgrades and other renovations. Outside, work is getting underway on the site, and the temporary modular classrooms are well on the way to being ready for use.
Lincoln Elementary has started, with the rock building pad in place and footing excavation is underway. Preparations are being made with the County for the upcoming move of the existing modular clinic.
At Cheldelin Middle School, the new sidewalk to the entry vestibule is done, and much of the interior demolition is complete. Seismic work is underway, as is plumbing and other work.
Hoover Elementary is in the subcontractor bidding phase. The team expects to bring a Guaranteed Maximum Price to the board for approval late July. Work is scheduled to start roughly the same time, utilizing a prior approved sitework contract.
The impacts of Covid-19 on the construction projects has been minor to date. There have been material suppliers that are unsure of their delivery dates, but so far, we do not foresee any impacts to move-in dates.
Teams are working diligently to start projects. On the district side, staff have been working hard to prepare for upcoming construction work at Garfield, Cheldelin and CVHS. Despite the school closures, and the launch of distance learning, staff have been willing and able to get into their classrooms and workspaces to pack materials. This has been possible with careful coordination to maintain proper physical distancing and sanitation.
Contractors are actively mobilizing and starting projects. Here’s the highlights of what’s happening this summer:
- Garfield Elementary: Modular classrooms are in place, abatement work is underway, classrooms are cleared and ready, and the demolition and construction work is starting up.
- Lincoln Elementary: Some heavy equipment is onsite and work will commence once permits are issued in the very near future. The Benton County Health Clinic modular building will be relocated early summer to make way for the new clinic construction. Planning and preparations for playground enhancements are underway, necessitated by the construction area encroaching on the existing space.
- Hoover Elementary: Existing modular classrooms will be relocated onsite during the summer to make way for the new construction. Bids for the balance of the work are planned for early summer, and excavation work is scheduled for later in the summer.
- Cheldelin Middle School: Abatement work has been completed and areas have been cleared of school materials and furniture to prepare for construction. Work has started on renovations to restrooms, cafeteria, STEAM area, and the front office. Outside, improvements for access to the front office, ADA parking improvements and an electrical vehicle charger will be installed.
- CVHS: Abatement work has been completed in Building F. Ostensibly, this was to make way for renovations this summer. However, the COVID-19 virus has impacted the construction industry, and bids received on April 2 have come in over budget to an extent that Bond Leadership has opted to delay work until next year. On a positive note, the district has submitted an application for a seismic grant, and if selected, this will allow for an expanded seismic upgrade project to be completed with the work next year.
- CHS Roofing Replacement: This project is well-underway and is going well. Completion is scheduled for this summer.
Design work continues for Jefferson, Adams and Wilson Elementary Schools as well as the newly launched CHS CTE project. Teams are using remote meeting techniques to keep things moving in these challenging times. At present, these design efforts are expected to maintain their planned schedules, with construction work targeted for next year.
All other bond projects bid earlier in the year, before the effects of COVID-19 were impacting construction bidding.
Embracing the Governor’s Executive Order No. 20-12 “Stay Home, Save Lives,” the bond team has been moving ahead apace, while improving the usage of remote meeting techniques.
The governor’s mandate still allows for school construction projects, provided proper distancing guidelines are followed. Our contractors have both developed rigid protocols to keep their workers and the public safe. Focused planning is underway to account for potential COVID-19 impacts to the bond program beyond just the current stay at home restrictions. Details will follow as they develop.
With the early spring break, construction teams were able to accomplish more work than originally planned. At the Muddy Creek Charter School and at CVHS, asbestos abatement projects were completed to make way for the next steps at those sites. At Garfield Elementary, new (temporary) modular classrooms were delivered. Before the start of next school year, those modulars, plus three existing modulars, will be setup to make way for the major renovations and additions. At Lincoln Elementary, temporary fencing was installed and construction trailers were delivered.
March 2020: Construction Projects Get Underway
Construction and manufacturing were specifically exempted under the Governor’s order so long as they “ensure that their employees are maintaining social distancing measures.” The district’s bond project managers have ensured that our contractors are in compliance with this requirement and projects will continue as planned at Garfield Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Cheldelin Middle School, Corvallis High School, Crescent Valley High School and Muddy Creek Charter School.
February 2020: Lincoln and Garfield Project Updates
A Planning Commission hearing was held on January 22. Based on community testimony, the Commission held the record open an additional 7 days to allow for additional written comments. The design team will provide a formal response, and the Commission will deliberate on February 5.
A 100% Bid Set is scheduled for a February 3 issue date.
The team continues to develop phasing and logistics plans that consider the occupied school during construction. Progress has been made in developing the new temporary front office location and layout for the 2020-21 school year.
Fortis’ modular company is working on engineering documents for their modular classroom permit.
January 2020: Jefferson, Adams, Wilson Design Underway
Jefferson, Adams and Wilson projects are being managed in parallel. There will be shared design efforts, as well as site-specific work.
Core teams from these school have met three times. Principals and office managers provided early input on the design concepts for the additions and renovations at their schools. The Design Advisory Groups for these schools met in late January.
Part of the process of renovations and additions includes The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for structures that were built more than 50 years ago. Some projects are granted clearances, but Jefferson was deemed to be of historical importance. The District worked with Archaeological Investigations Northwest to develop an Oregon State Level Documentation report for Jefferson, and a mitigation agreement is in place which among other things, provides for a unique student participation opportunity to produce a permanent display that represents an interpretation of the site and building histories.
December 30, 2019: Garfield and Lincoln Project Updates
The City of Corvallis Planning Commission hearing was held on December 18, 2019, and the design team is on track to submit the plans to the City for a building permit by the end of December. The phasing on the project has firmed up and efforts to schedule are underway. Fortis has requested approval to secure the additional modular classrooms that will temporarily house several classes during construction. The Garfield project team continues to develop phasing and logistics plans that consider the occupied school during construction. Construction will get underway in early summer.
Fortis Construction is developing the 100% Design Development estimate and is continuing to generate interest in the subcontractor community. This project will bid in the first quarter of 2020. Preliminary phasing plans have been developed and are being reviewed and modified to account for logistics, sequencing, and minimizing impact to ongoing operations at the existing elementary school.
There have been multiple meetings with the City of Corvallis Planning and Development departments to facilitate a smooth permit submission process and mitigate significant changes or unforeseen complications. DLR is on track to have a Permit Set completed before the end of the year. The District is working with the City of Corvallis Parks & Recreation Department to establish a plan for relocating the tennis courts to a new location in South Corvallis.
October 10, 2019: CV field and track project completed ahead of schedule
The synthetic turf and resurfacing has been completed. The final varsity home games will be held on the new field for girls soccer, boys soccer, and football this month.
September 30, 2019: Bond Program Schedule Adjusted
The bond project team continually evaluates the effect of market conditions on facilities improvement bond projects and engages school staff and District leadership on the best path forward for the bond program. Those efforts have led to a strategic shift in contracting methods and scheduling. View the current timeline HERE.
August 15, 2019: Summer Projects Near Completion
Several projects will be wrapping up prior to the first day of school. The Crescent Valley Athletic Improvements (new synthetic turf field and track) are expected to be completed in November 2019.
July 10, 2019: Seismic Work and Athletic Renovations
Seismic upgrade work is underway at Adams, Jefferson, and Wilson Elementary Schools. Work is scheduled to be complete before students arrive for the first day of school on September 4.
Renovation work is getting started at the Will Keim Softball Field at Corvallis High School. That work will continue through the summer and is expected to be completed by November.
May 28, 2019: Summer Projects Set to Begin in June
Adams, Jefferson, and Wilson Elementary Schools will be closed from June 21 through August 26 for seismic upgrade work. Temporary offices will be located near the school buildings and open for limited summer hours.
Crescent Valley High School will have an artificial turf field installed and track resurfaced. Athletic practices will be relocated to other sites on the CV campus for the fall season. Home football games will be played at Corvallis High School.
The tracks at all other secondary schools will be resurfaced and closed to the public while work is completed. Planned closure dates are:
- CHS track will be closed from July 16 – August 3
- Cheldelin track and infield will be closed June 21 – August 30
- Linus Pauling track and infield will be closed June 21 – August 30
Questions about summer facilities closures may be directed to the Facilities and Transportation office at 541-757-5877.
May 23, 2019: Design Guidance Principles/Inclusive Design
Members of the district’s bond management team presented the draft design for elementary student restrooms to the Corvallis School Board at the May 23, 2019 meeting. Read more about the design HERE.
May 23, 2019: Construction schedule update
The Master Bond Schedule has been updated. The schedule changes extend the bond program through 2022 and accounts for the time needed to engage staff and the community in the design process. It moves several projects to a time of year that
- is less disruptive to school operations and student learning
- provides for more favorable for bidding given the current market conditions
- creates efficiencies with the simultaneous similar scope projects scheduled together (Adams, Jefferson, Wilson)
- Key adjustments include the alignment of Adams, Jefferson and Wilson to be designed and constructed parallel with each other, and the shifting of Mt. View and Franklin to construction in 2022. In addition, Cheldelin is shifting to construction in two phases in 2020 and 2021, and Harding is moving to 2022. Schedules are very dynamic and may need to be adjusted due to capacity or market conditions.
April 24, 2019: Concept presented for Garfield, Lincoln, and Hoover at Bond Expo
The Corvallis School District hosted a Bond Expo community information night to share the current design activities taking place at multiple school sites. Approximately 50 parents, staff, and community members attended the Bond Expo and had the opportunity to talk with district leaders and the architects and contractors.
February 13, 2019: Sustainability Guidelines in Development
The district has contracted with Brendle Group to develop a set of technical standards to assess building design and construction in terms of energy efficiency, water usage, air quality, and choice of building materials. A workshop was held in February with a team of district staff, design professionals, and community members to provide input on sustainability standards. Those standards are expected to be completed later this spring.
January 10, 2019: Architect Services Contract Approved
The Corvallis School Board authorized staff to enter into contract with DLR Group for services to design the replacement of Lincoln and Hoover Elementary Schools, and renovations at the remaining elementary schools for the lump sum fee of $10,100,505 and Pivot Architecture for design of renovations at our secondary schools for the lump sum fee of $4,540,854. Architect teams will work closely with district leaders and school Design Advisory Committees will be the sounding board for architect teams leading up to the construction start date.
January 4, 2019: Design Principles Finalized
The district’s Design Guidance Teams recently completed their work to develop district-wide design principles that will be considered for all projects included in the bond program. With the finalization of these principles and the technical standards developed by staff and technical experts, we are nearing the completion of the pre-design process. These design principles will be used by the Design Advisory Committees at each school.
- View the Design Principles report
December 13, 2018: CM/GC Selection Process
The school board was notified of the December 10, 2018 Notice of Intent to Award to Fortis Construction Inc. for the elementary school renovations (packages B and C) and Gerding Builders, LLC for the secondary school renovations (package D). The Notice of Intent to Award starts the seven-day protest period. District staff and Wenaha Group will proceed with negotiations and implementation of the contracts upon advertisement of the Notice to Proceed, scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2018.
November 28: Design Guidance Team Final meeting
Design Guidance Teams met for the third and final workshop to synthesize and refine design guidance principles. More than 85 individuals participated in this process. The work product from this team will be finalized and shared before Winter Break (December 21.) These principles will be handed off to technical standards teams comprised of staff and industry professionals and will ultimately be used by the architect teams in their design work with individual schools.
December 4: Construction Manager/General Contractors Interviewed
A district team will be interviewing for the CMGC for bond projects. Five contractors have applied. The selection process is planned to be completed by December 13, 2018.
November 27: Consulting Services
Testing and inspection services will be performed by Mayes Testing Engineers, Inc. and Northwest Testing, Inc. The district requires a material testing and special inspection firm to work as part of the design and construction team to ensure the district’s projects are constructed in the highest practical quality.
The district’s environmental consultant is PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc. PBS will perform an evaluation of the project scope to identify the presence of hazardous materials such as asbestos or lead paint and will monitor construction activities.
November 19: Design Guidance Community Meeting
All stakeholders had an opportunity to provide input at this meeting. This was a listening and learning opportunity for anyone interested in providing input on the four design guidance team topic areas. The meeting was held at Lincoln Elementary School in the gym.
November - December: Architect Teams Touring Schools
District architect teams from DLR Group and PIVOT Architecture are touring all schools and looking at all of the systems in the schools including mechanical, electrical and plumbing. The teams are also looking at the layout of the building and gathering information about the school sites.
November 19: Garfield, Hoover, & Lincoln Design Advisory Committees Announced
Committee rosters will be listed on school bond pages in December. These committees will have their first meetings in January.
November 5: Garfield, Hoover, & Lincoln Design Advisory Committees
Site-based committees for these schools will be announced and meetings with the architects will begin soon after. These committees will serve as advisors to the design professionals and will continue at least through the life of the project at their respective school.
October 24: Design Guidance Team
These advisory groups will assist in the development of district-wide design standards for bond projects. Topic areas for the teams are Health & Wellness, Operations, Safety, and Teaching & Learning. Meeting dates are October 24, 6-9 pm, November 7, 5:30 – 9:30 pm, and November 28, 6-9 pm at the Western View Center. Meetings are open to the public.
About the Bond
The 2018 Bond Program will help us continue to provide an equitable learning environment for all students in all schools. Bond projects will inspire students to achieve their educational goals while continuing to provide excellent stewardship of taxpayer resources.
Wenaha Group was selected to manage the district’s bond program. The bond program will include a number of phases including:
- conceptual planning (preliminary work conducted by staff)
- design development (stakeholder engagement during this phase)
- bidding and contract awards
All aspects of the bond program will be aligned with the work of the district Innovation Team and the Core Values for Educational Design. The 2018 Facilities Bond Program Management Plan provides the strategies and procedures that will be implemented by the district to successfully execute the bond program. This plan establishes an organizational framework, roles and responsibilities of key participants, decision-making protocols, cost management strategies, and reporting requirements.
- Read the Bond Program Management Plan (updated July 3, 2019)
- Bond Program Overview (Bond 101)
- Educational Specifications (Elementary Schools)
- Design Principles
- Bond Timeline (9/27/19 subject to change)
Bond Oversight Committee
This is an advisory committee to the superintendent, the purpose of which is to ensure bond revenues are used only for the purposes consistent with the voter-approved 2018 bond measure and consistent with state law.
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Q. How can I find out what projects will take place at each school?
Projects and timelines are located on the School Projects page.
Q. How is the bond program being managed?
Q. When will projects begin? Will they disrupt school operations?
Some small projects began in the summer of 2018. Most construction projects will begin in the summer of 2019. New school construction can take up to 24 months, depending on the extent of the construction. Students will remain in their current school while a replacement school is built on another part of the current school property. You can view the project schedule on each school’s bond project page.
Q. What will the Bond Oversight Committee do?
This committee consists of volunteers who will actively review and report on the proper expenditure of taxpayers’ money for school construction and advise the public as to whether the school district is complying with the ballot measure language. The committee was selected through an application process and is advisory to the superintendent. Visit the Bond Oversight Committee page for more information.
Q. What are the health implications for synthetic turf sports fields that include the use of crumb rubber?
The currently available research on the health effects of artificial turf does not suggest that it presents a significant public health risk. Crumb rubber is the most commonly used infill for synthetic sports fields and most school districts have transitioned to synthetic sports fields from grass fields. Crescent Valley is the only high school in our athletic league with a grass field. As part of the bond program, the CHS turf is being replaced in July 2018 and the CV grass field is scheduled to be replaced with synthetic turf. Crumb rubber is a durable and low-cost material that provides shock absorption, traction, and foot stability. It also extends the life of synthetic turf systems. Synthetic turf offers a positive net health impact because of the reduced risk of impact injuries.
Student and staff health and safety is a significant consideration in our sports facilities projects. We will continue to monitor the outcome of a soon to be published EPA study and will follow recommendations from health officials.
Q. How will the school bond impact our schools?
Every school building in the district will be impacted by the bond. Projects include safety and security upgrades, replacement of roofs and plumbing, heating and cooling upgrades, and energy-efficient lighting. School improvements would create enhanced STEM And CTE classrooms and dedicated classrooms in elementary schools for art/science instruction, music, and collaborative work areas for small group instruction.
Q. Who decided on the bond projects included in this measure?
A Long Range Facilities Planning Committee comprised of community members and school district staff developed a comprehensive facilities plan with public input from an additional 300 parents, staff, and community members. The recommended plan included projects totaling $211 million. The superintendent recommended a modified version of the plan totaling $206 million to the Corvallis School Board. The Corvallis School Board prioritized and further reduced the the number of projects in the bond measure to place a $199,916,925 bond measure on the ballot. Projects are planned for all district schools with details available HERE.
Q. What type of design standards are being developed?
Nearly 80 individuals representing staff, parents/guardians, and community members participated in the district’s Design Guidance Teams. Teams are divided into four topic areas, including Health & Wellness, Operations, Teaching & Learning, and Safety. District leaders and architects facilitated the discussions in these four areas to prioritize recommendations for district-wide standards that will then be shared with technical teams. View the Design Advisory Team charter HERE.
Q. Why are some school buildings being renovated rather than replaced?
The decision to fully renovate or completely replace an older building depends on the school building’s construction and condition, educational adequacy, site feasibility, and the scope of the work to be completed. Lincoln and Hoover Elementary Schools would require capital repairs that are more than 70% of the cost to replace with a new school building.
School staff and families will be involved in planning for new school buildings and major renovations of existing schools to help preserve the unique aspects of each school and its integration into the surrounding community.
Q. Do bond projects address potential growth in school enrollment?
Yes. The bond projects will increase capacity that can accommodate projected growth in school enrollment.
Q. Will this bond raise my property taxes?
The bonds approved by voters in November 2002 will fully expire in 2019; the average levy rate of those bonds has been $1.64 per $1,000 of assessed value. This bond measure will result in an estimated combined levy rate of $1.98 per $1,000 of assessed value, or an increase of $0.34 per $1,000 of assessed value when compared to the average levy rate of the last bond.
Q. Will these projects impact/remove school gardens?
School gardens are an important component of outdoor learning opportunities for students. If required by construction projects, school gardens will be relocated on the school site.
Q. Will this bond lower class sizes?
No. Capital construction bonds cannot pay for operational expenses like staffing. Hiring additional teachers would be required to lower class size. It would reduce school crowding by providing additional classroom and collaborative learning spaces in most schools in the district. You can learn more about the school district budget and how funds are used on the Finance Department page.
Q. Will there be school boundary changes?
The Corvallis School Board voted to approve a Boundary Adjustment Review in August 2019. A Boundary Review Task Force was formed in October 2019. More information is available on the Boundary Review page.