Garfield Elementary

Garfield Elementary is a dual language immersion school that focuses on the needs of the whole child in a positive and caring learning environment.

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Project Information

What's Happening Now

August, 2021

June, 2021

May, 2021

April, 2021

March, 2021

February, 2021

December, 2020

October, 2020

September, 2020

August, 2020

June, 2020

DLR responded to the City’s 3rd round of permit comments this week including breaking the permit into phases and breaking out the excavation work for an early start. Final review is in city’s hands with permits expected by mid-June.

The early construction start has significantly aided in exposing/identifying the structural components of the school and allowed the design teams to confirm assumptions or develop alternate details for the given conditions.

Value Engineering efforts are solidifying as CSD finalizes choices and submittals are rolling in for review and approval.

The BIM (Building Information Modeling) team continues to coordinate the new Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural elements of the project (primarily the new portion of the school).

AINW (archeologists) met with Wenaha, Fortis and their subcontractors and we are all actively on the lookout for artifacts that may be uncovered during excavations and trenching.

Our excavation permit was issued last week and we have officially broke ground! It is exciting to see the big equipment onsite making preparations for the new addition to the school and the new parking lot on the south side.

Fortis has continued with the early push of Demo and Abatement inside Garfield. They have made tremendous progress – nearly half the school is complete with these activities.

Fortis has completed the move of existing modular classrooms to their final location. They are currently busy working on building decks to adjoin all of these units. The ramps and restroom trailer will be joining ‘Modular City’ in the coming weeks.

May, 2020

DLR received the City’s 3 rd round of permit comments this week. DLR Group is working on responses.

Fortis will move 3 existing modular classrooms to their new (temporary) location in the coming weeks now that students will not be returning to Garfield this spring.

With news of the early summer break, Fortis has jumped out to an early lead on the Garfield schedule. They delivered 8 temporary modular classrooms over spring break and continue to set them up for the 2020-2021 school year.

Preparations for the 3 existing modular’s and a restroom trailer are in place as these will soon join the other modular in ‘Modular City’ in the coming weeks. The total of 11 modular classrooms on site will allow the construction project to proceed while school remains in session.

Fortis is busy writing subcontracts and holding preconstruction kick-off meetings with subcontractors.

Fortis is also working through Value Engineering design efforts to continue to maximize value on the project.

The BIM (Building Information Modeling) team has kicked off and is busy modeling the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Structural elements of the project.

Abatement has also been completed in the boiler room, wrapping up a couple days ahead of schedule last week.

Fortis is currently updating the master schedule to show the early mobilization start and will have it published in the next week or so.

AINW (archeologists) are poised to meet with subcontractors as we schedule the start of earthmoving activities to provide awareness for artifacts that might be uncovered.

April, 2020

DLR is responding to the city’s second round of permit comments this week. We now expect to have our permit in hand mid to late April.

Fortis moved in 4 double temporary modular classroom units during spring break. Fortis has also submitted their final GMP amendment for approval at the April 16 board meeting.

Old fuel was removed from the existing underground fuel storage tank over spring break so the tank can immediately and efficiently be cleaned and removed at the start of summer.

AINW did an architectural evaluation of the school to help answer SHPO questions and get their approval to move forward with the construction. AINW has performed a pedestrian survey of the new construction site to determine if archaeological resources are present on the ground surface and/or to identify high probability areas where subsurface archaeological deposits may be present.

March, 2020

DLR responded to the city’s initial round of permit comments during the last week of February. We are expecting to receive a 2nd round of city comments that will take our permit review and approval out into March.

Fortis is working directly with their modular trailer vendor to obtain a separate Modular Trailer move permit. We will move in 4 double units during spring break (March 23-27).

Fortis is submitting an updated early work scope GMP amendment approval based on updated drawings.

Exploratory efforts are being made to remove underground fuel storage tank contents over spring break so the tank can immediately and efficiently be removed at the start of summer.

It is anticipated some boiler room abatement (pipe insulation) will happen during spring break so that the path is clear for immediate summer boiler replacement work to begin.

February, 2020: Progress made in developing temporary office location

The city has provided initial permit and site work comments to DLR. The design teams are working on addressing those comments now.

100% CD plans were just completed January 30.

Fortis is working with the early procured scopes to coordinate phase planning and constructability. Coordination meetings are occurring for abatement, concrete, rough carpentry, roofing, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and site work. The final remaining scopes of work will be bid in late February.

Move coordination meeting #1 occurred January 29 with the front office team.

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.

Obtaining clearance from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has proven challenging. Our consultant, Archaeological Investigations Northwest, Inc. (AINW), is now working on enhancing the information for resubmittal.

January, 2020: Land Use Application Submitted to City

The Land Use application was submitted and approved at the last Planning Commission hearing on December 18, 2019.

Fortis is working with the early procured scopes to coordinate schedules, phasing and review constructability. The work scopes currently active in planning include hazardous material abatement, concrete, rough carpentry, roofing, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and site work.

The District has contracted with Lancaster Logistics to provide move-in and move-out and storage coordination services. This is intended to help relieve staff concerns about packing up and moving classrooms. CSD will have multiple projects moving in and moving out at the same time this next year. Lancaster’s services will help ensure smooth transitions and prevent CSD team overload.

December, 2019: Design Process on Track

The City of Corvallis Planning Commission hearing was rescheduled for December 18, 2019. 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.

Fortis has bid several scopes and is seeking approval for some of the major subcontractors to lock in participation and to get a jump-start on coordination and early materials ordering. These early scopes will help assist with design and phasing planning and confirm availability beginning the summer of 2020. The remaining scopes of work will be bid in early 2020.

The team continues to develop phasing and logistics plans that consider the occupied school during construction.

The team is working on scope and pricing for the underground storage tank removal at the front entry prior to the new entry addition construction.

November, 2019: Construction Phasing Planning Begins

The City of Corvallis Planning Commission hearing is scheduled for December 4, 2019.

The project team is working hard on the details of the construction phasing and a logistics plan. Wenaha Group is engaging a Move Consultant to coordinate move logistics.  This is intended to help relieve staff concerns about moving classrooms and to ensure smooth transitions.

Early procurement for critical subcontracting trades is underway. Fortis held a contractor open house on November 1 at Garfield Elementary.  Approximately 40 different specialty contractors attended the presentation and site tours.

October, 2019: Land Use Application Submitted to City

The Land Use application has been submitted and is working its way through the City of Corvallis process. The date for the Planning Commission hearing has not yet been established.

The project team is working on the details of the construction phasing and a logistic plan. An updated project estimate was provided by Fortis Construction and did not change significantly from the previous estimate.

August, 2019: Design Development Completed

The design team completed the Design Development and has met with staff to continue to work on the detailed aspects of the design. A neighborhood meeting was held on August 6 as part of the City of Corvallis Land Use approval process. The meeting was well attended with strong support for the project and the improvements to traffic flow, safety, and circulation.

A fourth Design Advisory Committee meeting was held on August 22 for committee members to review and provide feedback on the evolving design.

July, 2019: Summer Design Work

The design team is working on design development over the summer so they will be ready to re-engage with staff this fall to continue to work on the more detailed aspects of the design. A very productive all day design review session was held the week before the summer break. The design team reviewed all aspects of the current design with school and facilities staff to receive input and answer questions so the design work could continue during July and August and proceed on schedule. The schematic design estimate for the bond promise scope exceeded the original Garfield budget. The Bond Leadership Team has authorized the use of bond reserve funds if needed, to complete the planned projects.

The Garfield Design Advisory Committee will meet on August 22 for meeting #4.

April, 2019: Design Advisory Committee Update

This project will expand Garfield from 46,000 square feet to 62,000 square feet including four additional classrooms, student support spaces, and an art and science classroom. In March, a preliminary site diagram concept was presented for feedback. The concept featured a number of site improvements:

  • Additional classroom wing added on the north side of the school, adjacent to the current gymnasium
  • Reconfigured and expanded front entrance and office area
  • Reconfigured site circulation and an increase of parking spaces

The proposed siting of the new classroom wing is based on the design guidance principles that will be used throughout the bond program; specific to the Garfield site:

  • a north facing classroom orientation provides better daylighting and efficiencies in heating/cooling
  • efficient internal circulation and room adjacencies
  • consolidation of outdoor learning and play areas and safety site lines

February, 2019: Design and communication

Communication protocol has been established between Wenaha and main office staff at Garfield. Additionally, design is underway.

Activities scheduled for next quarter involve two Design Advisory Committee meetings and a proposal from the geotechnical team.

January, 2019: Design Work Begins

The design phase for our school will begin in January 2019. Construction is scheduled to begin in September 2019. We will share regular updates and opportunities for input.

November 18, 2018: Garfield Design Advisory Committee

The Design Advisory Committee has been selected. Members include Justin Azhocar, Claudia Bouvier, Yazmin Brambila, Lupita Cobian, Nancy Davila-Williams, David Harner, Maria Hernandez, Elvira Huidor-Dever, Savannah Laney de Battro, Cathy Law, Perla Martinez, Daniel Olvera, Mara Silvera, Tammy Woodman, Maria Wright, Leigh Santy, and a representative from district.

This committee will ensure that the values of the school community are represented in the design and that the school community will be kept informed throughout the design and construction process.

November - December, 2018: Architect Review and Site Surveying

Pre-design work at Garfield is taking place including a site walk-through by the architect team. The site is also being surveyed as part of the pre-design process.

November 5, 2018: Design Advisory Committee

The Garfield Design Advisory Committee will be announced and meetings will get started in January 2019.

Project Timeline

Garfield Elementary Bond Project Timeline

Bond Projects at Garfield

Garfield Elementary was built in 1955. Garfield’s current enrollment is 444, with a current capacity of 468.

Security camera icon transparent background Safety & Security Improvements

  • Enhance emergency communication systems
  • Improve playground lighting
  • Improve seismic safety
  • Improve site circulation and parking
  • Replace sidewalks
  • Secure front entry and office modifications

Construction icon transparent background Capacity Improvements

Garfield’s current capacity is 468. The projected new capacity is 531.

  • Add six permanent classrooms
  • Renovate four existing classrooms for student support services
  • Remove three portable classrooms

Light bulb icon transparent background Renovations & Repairs

  • Add a covered play shelter
  • Improve ADA accessibility
  • Install energy efficient lighting
  • Renovate restrooms
  • Repair concrete floor foundation
  • Upgrade finishes in hallways and shared spaces, including floors, paint, and ceilings
  • Upgrade mechanical infrastructure, including electrical, heating, and plumbing systems
  • Replace kitchen flooring

Computer icon transparent background Hands-On Learning Modernization

  • Create collaborative/small group learning areas
  • Expand library/media center
  • Relocate school garden for construction, if necessary


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