Bethel School District Eugene OR

Willamette High School

Contractor Selected For WHS Project

Willamette's new science classrooms will be built where the current WHS office is located. It will include a 40KW photovoltaic array covering the roof.

Willamette’s new science classrooms will be built where the current WHS office is located. It will include a 40KW photovoltaic array covering the roof.

A Bethel-based and employee-owned contractor, 2 G Construction, has been awarded the job to build the new Willamette Science and Office building.

By the slightest margin 2 G Construction had the lowest bid among the seven contractors who submitted very competitive proposals for the $9 million project.

The office part of the current building will be cleared out during Spring Break and ground breaking for the project will take place Tuesday, April 15th.

The south end of the building will be torn down, the science building constructed in its place, then the old science rooms on the north end will be demolished to make way for the new office area.

Contractors Inspect Willamette Site

Bethel's Pat Bradshaw (left) and architect Tim Ayersman (foreground) lead a large group of contractors on a tour of the Willamette construction site.

Bethel’s Pat Bradshaw (left) and architect Tim Ayersman (foreground) lead a large group of contractors on a tour of the Willamette construction site.

Representatives from 11 general contractors got a close-up look at the Willamette building that will soon be demolished and replaced by a new science and office complex.

The walk-through tour was mandatory for any contractor interested in the multimillion dollar project.

Bids on the new science building will be due March 11th, with groundbreaking scheduled for the week of April 14th.

The Willamette science building is the first of three major construction projects in Bethel set to begin this spring, with construction of new Fairfield and Malabon schools scheduled to start as soon as school is out in June.

Groundbreaking Approaches For WHS Science

Willamette's sewing room is being converted into temporary office space. Construction on the new Willamette science building should begin in April.

Willamette’s sewing room is being converted into temporary space to serve at the school’s front office. Construction on the new Willamette science building should begin in April.

It won’t be long now. The current Willamette office building will soon be demolished and a new science building will be built in its place.

Bids are now being accepted for the WHS science addition, with groundbreaking scheduled the week of April 14th.

Folks in the office will be moved to temporary space that’s currently under construction. The former sewing room is being converted into office space in time for move-in during spring break.

The science addition should be complete by winter break, at which time the current science classrooms will be demolished and a new front office built in its place.

Groundbreaking On The Horizon

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw points out some details of the new Malabon school at a well-attended public meeting.

Project Manager Pat Bradshaw points out some details of the new Malabon school at a well-attended public meeting.

The public had a chance to weigh in and now it’s full speed ahead on the final design plans for Bethel’s three new school projects.

Parents, kids, school neighbors and community members turned out for public meetings at Fairfield, Malabon and Willamette.

They liked what they heard about the detailed interior plans, the traffic flow and parking lot, sustainability features in the new schools, and the security and technology that’s being planned.

Willamette’s science addition is ready to go to bid, with ground breaking scheduled for early April.

Construction on the new Fairfield and Malabon schools will begin right when school ends in June.

New School Sneak Peek

The new Malabon school will be built behind the current school. Learn about all three Bethel school projects at a series of public meetings.

The new Malabon school will be built behind the current school. Learn about all three Bethel school projects at a series of public meetings.

The bulldozers aren’t quite poised and ready, but that’s not too far away.

Construction on Bethel’s new schools will begin during spring break with groundbreaking for Willamette’s new science and office building. Dirt will be turned for the new Malabon and Fairfield schools in June.

At the upcoming public meetings you can see the plans for yourself, meet the architects, learn about the security and sustainability features, and ask questions.

Join us for these public meetings and we’ll even feed you a little ice cream.

Fairfield: Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.
Malabon: Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m.
Willamette: Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.

One Year Later…

Fairfield kids swarmed the display boards showing the design of their new school.

Fairfield kids swarmed the display boards showing the design of their new school.

Happy anniversary! It was one year ago, last November 6th, when voters approved the Bethel bond measure with a 73% Yes vote. We couldn’t let the anniversary go by without offering more thanks for the overwhelming support from our community.

Now Bethel is seeing the results of that vote of confidence: Any day now will bring the first order of 1,000 much-needed new computers for our schools. They’ll be installed in December. And that’s just the first order.

Security cameras are now in place throughout the district. Classrooms have new, safer door locks and some have new carpet. The worst roofs have been repaired. Plans are in the works to select new textbooks. And the designs have been revealed for the new Fairfield and Malabon elementary schools and the Science addition at Willamette.

There is a lot more to come for our kids, but on this first anniversary we’re reminded that the generosity of the Bethel community is making it all happen.

Hoop Jumping And Red Tape Trimming

City and District representatives review pages of architects' plans to make sure they meet city code.

City and District representatives review pages of architects’ plans to make sure they meet city code.

Don’t look too closely. This is the sausage-making process, the necessary steps in order to have a wonderful finished product.

The process of meeting Eugene City code is underway as Bethel gets closer to breaking ground on new Fairfield and Malabon elementary schools and a science addition at Willamette High School.

The City brought Public Works, Planning and Development, Fire, Land Use, Zoning, and Green Building to the table at once to expedite the hoop jumping and help cut the red tape for Bethel’s architects and engineers.

Subjects like site reviews, transportation analysis, fire access, stormwater treatment, car and bike parking, landscaping, and other code requirements were clarified.

While design work for the new schools is progressing rapidly, the District will also be continuing this important process of meeting the numerous code requirements in order to start construction in 2014.

Latest Look At Willamette Science Addition

Looking at the proposed WHS Science addition, as if approaching from the south along Echo Hollow Road. The building sits where the current school office now stands.

Looking at the proposed WHS Science addition, as if approaching from the south along Echo Hollow Road. The building sits where the current school office now stands.

Here is the updated proposed design of the Willamette High School science addition.

Soderstrom architects have detailed the brick siding of the wood-framed, two-story structure.

The south-facing windows would create light and bright classrooms, hallways and common areas.

Planning continues to progress with input from WHS science teachers and other staff, with construction expected to begin in early 2014.

The science addition could include a second-story greenhouse, a 90-seat horseshoe-shaped auditorium, and a new north-side entrance to the campus.

New Look For Willamette Unveiled

A conceptual design of the Willamette science building includes a new front office on the north side of the building rather than the current south location.

A conceptual design of the Willamette science building includes a new front office on the north side of the building rather than the current south location.

Featuring a sawtooth – or Wolverine claw – design, the new Willamette science building will provide a modern face for Bethel’s flagship school.

The preliminary design of the science addition could change before construction begins, but architects from Soderstrom have provided a starting point for the building that will go up where the current front office is located.

Click here to see the architects’ renderings.

The Willamette science addition is being funded through the Bethel bond measure, passed overwhelmingly by voters last November.

The bond will also provide new textbooks and technology, repairs and upgrades throughout the District, enhance security measures at every school, and the complete replacement of Malabon and Fairfield elementary schools.