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2022 Construction Bond Information

Every school benefits.
No increase to current tax rate expected.
Sustains jobs in our community.

Construction Underway: Bend Senior High School

Project overview: In November 2022 voters approved $249.7 million in general obligation bonds to improve safety and modernize aging schools and classrooms in Bend-La Pine Schools. More than half of the total bond package is allocated for the modernization of Bend Senior High School.

The BSHS project has been in a design phase for about a year and a half. Construction begins this summer and will be completed in three phases over four years. The new buildings will complete an update of the BSHS campus that previously included construction of a technology classroom building and the Robert D. Maxwell Center, which includes classrooms and a large multipurpose room.

Phase 1: Demolition of I Hall, D Hall and most of C Hall, and removal of baseball field (summer 2024). Starting in September 2024, construction of a three-story classroom building (B Wing), front entrance, main office and counseling center, commons, outdoor courtyard. Timeline: June 2024-August 2026

Project highlights:

  • New construction of 155,000 square feet
  • Classroom building will house 90 percent of classrooms on campus
  • Commons design will pay tribute to the BSHS history and its alumni
  • Baseball teams will use Vince Genna Stadium during 2025, 2026 seasons

Image of overall building site and phasing

Image of Phase 1 - 3D overall view

Phase 2: Demolition of athletic facilities. Construction of two gymnasiums, athletic facilities and offices; classrooms; school-based health center; varsity baseball field at SE 15th Street athletic complex. Timeline: June 2026-August 2028

Phase 3: Partial demolition of existing structure; combination of new construction and renovation, including auditorium/stage, new performing arts classrooms, updates to central kitchen serving all district schools. Timeline: June 2026-August 2028


Project Team:

  • Chris Reese, Principal, Bend Senior High School
  • Mike Condon, Facilities Construction Project Manager, Bend-La Pine Schools
  • Renée Alexander, Principal, BBT Architects.
  • Bob Barker, Project Manager, Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co.


2022 Construction Bond Overview:

$249.7 million in general obligation bonds to improve safety and modernize aging schools and classrooms in Bend-La Pine Schools.

Why?

Nearly half of the district’s buildings were built prior to 1980. Some were built more than 90 years ago – the oldest was built in 1918. Though these buildings have been well maintained, many are in need of major repair and maintenance to extend their life and usefulness. In addition to maintenance and modernization, many any of these buildings will benefit from safety and security improvements to help keep students and staff safe.

What?

Safety and security improvements district-wide such as upgrading interior classroom door handles and door locks;

Delivery of safety improvements at Juniper Elementary School that include moving the main offices to a location that improves visibility and visitor management;

Replacement of Bend Senior High School’s inefficient 70-year-old classrooms on the current school property to improve safety, security, and instruction;

Delivery of about a dozen maintenance and safety projects at La Pine area schools;

Protection of the community’s investment in school buildings by making repairs and improvements district-wide including the replacement of aging roofs;

Classroom additions and modernization projects; and

Money saving energy improvements to boilers, HVAC and lighting systems.

Projects Underway

Renovated classrooms at Bend Tech Academy - A major classroom building renovation has been completed at Bend Tech Academy, one of the District’s choice option high schools. The bond project includes four classrooms, a student collaboration space, and restrooms. Bremik Construction of Portland was the general contractor. The renovated classrooms reopened for use this month, with the school's business, medical/health, and social studies classes moving in.

Door lock replacement work begins in several schools - A major effort to improve school safety is underway in the district – one of the bigger projects from the 2022 bond. Door locks are being replaced in 28 schools over the next three years. When completed, all classrooms in our district will have up-to-date, easy-to-use Schlage door locks.

Our schools were built and remodeled at different times over many decades, and we have thousands of doors in our buildings. A lot of the locks are older and not suited to safety practices today. Some doors cannot accommodate the new hardware and need to be replaced. The new locks are fast and easy to use. Once locked, it’s easy to see the door is locked from across the classroom. If someone exits the room, the door remains locked when closed again.

We plan to have nine schools retrofitted by mid-August 2024. These include Bear Creek Elementary, Pilot Butte Middle School and Three Rivers K-8 School now. Next will be Mountain View High School, Cascade Middle School, and all four of our La Pine schools.

Economic Engine

The bond measure sustains jobs in our community each year; and Bend-La Pine Schools hires local contractors to do the construction work to the greatest degree possible in order to sustain employment opportunities for Central Oregonians.

No Increase to Current Tax Rate

With approval of this bond and continued retirement of existing bonds, we anticipate the District’s overall general obligation bond tax rate will not increase. New residents moving into the community will assist in the repayment of the bonds.

Images of the Future Bend Senior High School

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From BBT Architects, a look at what the new front entrance will look like in four years.

Two views of the design of the new commons.

Architectural rendering of study spaces off the new commons.

Additional Information

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