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One thousand, three hundred and fifty people will be sitting under a covered stadium on the home side next year when football season kicks off.   The district has been working hard with McGranahan Architects and will be sending the project out to bid soon.  Construction is expected to begin in January and the completion date that has been set is September 15, 2017. In September of 2017 as people arrive for the first football game of the season, they will find that the gravel ‘overflow’ parking lot has been paved, allowing for safer parking and walking.  As they walk towards the field they will be greeted with a new ticket gate and as they pass through the ticket gate they will enter a small plaza with some casual seating, leading to stairs and a ramp into the stands.   As they walk towards the field they will be greeted with a new ticket gate and as they pass through the ticket gate...  Under the stands, straight in front of them, they will see the concession stand and if they walk to the right behind the stands they will find public restrooms.  Also under the stands will be some storage, a training room and a good sized team room where players can watch tapes, and meet.  The teams will continue to use the locker rooms in the school. Under the stands, straight in front of them, they will see the concession stand...  In the stands, there will be ADA seating spots for wheelchairs.  The roof will overhang enough to protect even the first row of seats (unless we get that horizontal rain).  Below the Press Box, with an amazing view of the field and the mountain, there will be between 60 and 80 premium seats for purchase.   The current stands will be moved to the visitor side of the field.  The intention is to maintain the current concession stand that is at the end of the field, as well as the new one under the stadium.  The final step of construction will be re-spraying of the track. Our intent will be to use the track and stadium field as much as possible during the stadium construction process.  Student and fan safety obviously is our primary focus and as such we will work with our contractors to schedule as much usage for practices and contests as possible during the construction window.  With that being said, contingent plans are being made and will be communicated as early as possible when events will need to be relocated.   We are very excited to be able to roll this out as our first project, and will keep our staff and community updated as it progresses
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On Oct 12, 2016 at 12:47 PM
  
As you all know, we have been engaged in Design Team work at Elk Ridge, Wilkeson and Glacier Middle School over the last few weeks.  Last week it became apparent that the Wilkeson project would not be able to be completed while students were on campus, without significantly extending the construction timelines and budget. District staff and our construction management consultants did a thorough tour of the WRESC campus (formerly White River Middle School), to determine the feasibility of housing Wilkeson there for the 2017-18 school year.  Because of the smaller student population at Wilkeson (about 225 students, in comparison to the 400+ that were there when it was a middle school), classes can be contained in the Library and Science wings.  The gym, music classrooms and administration building would also be utilized. There are other areas of the campus that will be completely closed off to students and staff. We want to make sure that Wilkeson students continue to experience quality learning. We also want to continue to be fiscally responsible with the bond money, and this solution offers a significant cost savings. There are many logistical decisions yet to be made - the good news is that we have a year to get all the plans in place! But we did want to make sure that the information went out to people quickly so that this would not come as a surprise.
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On May 31, 2016 at 4:13 PM
  
We know that for parents (and staff) at Glacier Middle School, Elk Ridge Elementary School, and Wilkeson Elementary School the burning question is - what is happening on the campus next year? As you may know, work on these projects began the day after the bond election.  We are currently in what is called the 'Educational Specifications' and design process. This means that groups of administrators, staff, community members and students have been meeting with the project managers to refine the needs and the vision of this work.  This phase will be completed on June 13th.  At that point all the information will go to the architects who will use it to begin the schematic drafts.   We expect the process of drafting and then finalizing the design, and then creating all the engineering specs will take most of next school year.  We are hoping that by about this time NEXT year we will be getting bids on the construction for all three projects. This is a long way of saying - school will carry on as usual next year.  We do not yet know what will happen the following year, but will definitely keep everyone in the loop as we move forward.  There is a possibility that students will not be displaced at all, but we just can't know that for sure until we have approved final design plans!  
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On May 31, 2016 at 4:11 PM
  
It's time for a bond update! Things continue to move along quickly. The Ed Specs for Elk Ridge Elementary and Wilkeson Elementary are being finalized after 'coffee talks' with the staff at each building. The Ed Specs for Glacier Middle School are in final draft form. (Educational specifications are a set of concisely written, organized objectives that describe the educational facility needs of students, educators, and the community. They include descriptions of the educational and support service programs. They collectively outline what these groups want to achieve for educators, students, parents and the community. The final educational specification document serves as a written communication between educators and the design professionals.) The next step in the process is putting together a design committee for each building. The design committees will consist of the principal, key building staff, selected community members, and student representation.  In addition there will be an executive committee made up of the Superintendent (Janel Keating), Assistant Superintendent (Mike Hagadone), Director of Business and Operations (Donna Morey), Maintenance (Marty Brewer), and a member of the School Board. A series of meetings will occur for each site, concluding by the last day of school this year.  On June 13th (snow make-up day for staff) there will be meetings with the entire staff at each building, sharing out the work of the design team. We are really excited by the great work that has happened already!
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On May 31, 2016 at 4:10 PM
  
We are excited to share that we have received a grant from Washington Risk Management Pool for a Safety and Security Survey and Assessment. We have contracted with Construction Services Group from ESD112 to complete this project for us. The grant will include a physical assessment of all schools as well as interviews with first responders and school personnel.  The result will be a comprehensive assessment document identifying specific security improvement strategies, an action roadmap and budgetary guidance. In other news, the final round of Education Specifications for Glacier Middle School took place before break, to include staff voice and feedback.  Phil has been on site at Glacier and we continue to refine the information provided through the Ed Spec meetings.  The Design Team will complete the process, finalizing document details and forward the information to the architects to begin their initial draft designs.  This same work will happen at Wilkeson Elementary on April 12 and at Elk Ridge April 13th. 
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On May 31, 2016 at 4:09 PM 2 Comments
  
In August 2015, the District conducted an RFP (Request for Proposal) process to select an architect for pre-bond services. The RFP was written to allow the District to continue work with the selected architects for anticipated bond projects, subject to passage of the bond. Based on a committee recommendation, the Board selected McGranahan Architects for pre-bond service. At the March 9th Board meeting, the Board voted unanimously to extend the contract with McGranahan Architects for the Glacier Middle School and White River High School bond projects.  On their website  McGranahan Architects say, “In the middle school environment,  students are transitioning from the insular single classroom of elementary school to the high school setting which requires personal responsibility and independence. Middle school students”, they add, ”need a setting that allows them to maintain close relationships with teachers as well as gain self-reliance and the skills to work well with others.” That sounds like a perfect fit for White River! After additional interviews conducted in February with architects selected through the original RFP process, there was also a recommendation to the Board to select Integrus Architecture for the remaining bond projects. Dividing the work between two architects accomplishes several things. First, it will allow us to move quickly on our projects to lock in costs and protect the value of the bond proceeds.   It will minimalize the risk of overloading a single firm, and additionally it invites a healthy level of competition into the process. The architect firms will be working hand in hand with Doug Nichols and Construction Services Group who we talked about in earlier posts.
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On Mar 23, 2016 at 8:16 PM
  
Let’s kick off this morning with some great news….the election results are certified, and the White River School District bond passed with a final approval rate of 67.98%.  We cannot express enough, our appreciation for the support of our community, and for the effort each of you put into this process. Last week the team of Doug Nichols, Dave Teater, and Phil Crocker had some whirlwind days with various teams from Glacier, Elk Ridge and Wilkeson. The teams have covered everything from Special Education classrooms, to Libraries, Music, Technology, Food Service, and Custodial.  They are ready to begin creating a vision for these schools.  Dave and Phil will take all the information they have collected over three, very full, days and create the educational specifications.  Again, these are basically concisely written, organized objectives that describe the educational facility needs of students, educators and the community.  They expect to complete the ed specs within about three weeks, at which point they will go back to the school teams, who will be responsible for going over them with a fine tooth comb to ensure that they do accurately represent our needs. 
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On Mar 06, 2016 at 4:08 PM
  
Last week we shared a little bit of the preparation work that has been happening so that we could hit the ground running.  We introduced you to Doug, Dave and Phil who will be our Project Management team, and we mentioned that the first step would be meetings with groups from Glacier, Elk Ridge and Wilkeson.  The first of these started yesterday and will continue today and Wednesday. The purpose of these meetings are the development of educational specifications. Educational specifications are a set of concisely written, organized objectives that describe the educational facility needs of students, educators, and the community. They include descriptions of the educational and support service programs. They collectively outline what these groups want to achieve for educators, students, parents and the community. The final educational specification document serves as a written communication between educators and the design professionals. For an exemplary school to meet the needs of the community, the educational program requirements should 'drive' the architectural design. The planning process is best done when the educational specifications and the architectural program are developed together. Therefore our educational specification team includes both educators and design professionals. This is an exciting time!
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On Mar 06, 2016 at 4:06 PM
  
In hope and anticipation of the bond passing on February 9th, White River School District had begun planning over a year ago, so that we would be ready to get to work if the community supported the bond.  We have been working with Construction Services Group, through ESD 112 in Vancouver, WA. They are a provider of construction related services exclusively to school agencies. They live up to their mission to deliver affordable, high quality representation and advocacy.  Lead by Doug Nichols, who has 45 years experience as an architect, facility planner and project manager for educational clients in the Northwest, they helped us successfully launch the bond. They lead us through the facilities study and survey last year, as well as supporting the informational campaign for the bond. We have been very impressed with their work. We are now underway!  The new Glacier Middle School and the renovated Elk Ridge and Wilkeson schools will help accommodate the programs and student population for the community. Doug Nichols will be working with Dave Teater, who also has 45 years' experience as a classroom teacher, counselor, principal, assistant superintendent, superintendent, consultant and now Facility Planner.  Phil Crocker will round out the team. Phil is an experienced education facilities and operational efficiency consultant with over twenty years' experience supporting public K-12 school districts as well as state and federal education agencies. The first thing Doug, Dave and Phil will do, working with the District administration team, is set up a series of meetings with groups from Glacier, Elk Ridge and Wilkeson. 
Posted by Meagan.Rhoades  On Mar 06, 2016 at 4:04 PM