School Board approves bond project contracts

New Camas high school, elementary school and safety upgrades are included

The Camas School Board unanimously approved contracts for the planning, design and construction administration of two new schools, as well as safety upgrades at its two middle schools.

The projects will be paid out of the voter-approved $120 million bond, which was passed in February.

“The new schools will address growth projections at both elementary and secondary levels with more traditional classroom space in the Lacamas Elementary replacement and flexible spaces that are planned as part of the two new project-based-learning schools for middle and high school students,” said board chairwoman Mary Tipton. “It is exciting that this work is so quickly underway after the successful bond passage from our community in February.”

Board member Doug Quinn noted that completion of all the bond projects will likely take careful planning and many years to complete.

“It’s evident that we are moving diligently on these projects to respond to the growing needs of students,” he said. “I’m confident that the construction team will produce projects that meet the high expectations of the community.”

Approved projects are:

  • $2.95 million to DLR Group Architecture of Portland for a new high school on the existing CHS campus. Additionally, there will be a $97,500 allowance for reimbursable expenses.
  • $27,600 to DLR for front entry remodel projects at Liberty and Skyridge Middle Schools, which is part of the bond safety upgrades at existing schools.
  • $2.78 million to Mahlum Architects of Portland for a new Lacamas Heights Elementary School. Additionally, there will be a $208,512 allowance for reimburseable expenses.
  • “There is a lot of work around the new high school, requiring the team to finalize learning concepts through a series of meetings with citizens and administrators,” Quinn said. “It’s going to be exciting to see our students engaged in the unique method of learning that the new high school offers.”

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