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Summer in the Sun

Summer is when the hot asphalt hits the sun bathed coverboards of school rooftops throughout Portland.

While the students and the northwest rain are gone, the summer improvement work must go on. It is at these times when the architect’s design, documents, response time, and problem solving skills are truly put to the test. The schedule can’t budge and neither will the budget, so team work, experience, and knowledge will be the way to project success. The deadline for completing the work is the day the returning students know all too well, the dreaded first day of school.

For the second consecutive summer, Oh planning+design, architecture led the charge to upgrade and maintain the neighborhood pillars of Portland’s architectural heritage represented in the massive network of Portland Public School buildings. For summer improvement projects 2015 (IP15), we were tasked with the design from concept to construction documents followed up by construction administration on the eight IP15 schools scattered throughout the district. An eight-month assessment and design process culminates into a three-month construction schedule that must result in success. Elevators at Ainsworth and Woodlawn. Roofing and seismic upgrades at Buckman, Clark Creative Science, Hayhurst, Sabin, Ainsworth, and Stephenson. Seismic upgrades at Llewellyn and many of the others. Science classrooms at Clark Creative Science, Hayhurst, and Sabin. Not to mention ADA upgrades and fire alarm projects scattered throughout. Although the elevator projects continue through the fall, a renewed school is back in session as the summer in the sun is gone and young minds return for a new year.

Bryan Thompson

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