The new Malabon and Fairfield schools are only a few months away from being completed.
Sheetrock is being hung in the classrooms, the siding is being installed, and what were once the shell of new buildings are now bustling with activity inside.
The two-story schools should be move-in ready by June. Then demolition of the old schools will begin, allowing for the construction of new parking lots and play fields.
The new Malabon and Fairfield schools are courtesy of the Bethel bond measure, passed in 2012 with a 73% Yes vote.
The Core Team – the volunteer group of teachers and a parent who helped with the design of the new Malabon school – have been given a walking tour inside the new building.
Although it’s still more than five months from completion, the Team could see the light-filled classrooms, the welcoming entrance and a large Discovery Lab.
While crews are working hard on the mechanical systems, plumbing, and HVAC installation, the process of drying out the inside of the building continues.
Tours for students will take place later this spring when the work environment becomes a more safe area for children.
Improvements continue throughout Bethel School District thanks to the Bethel bond measure.
While construction on three new school facilities gets a lot of attention, other changes are also taking place in classrooms right now.
New classroom projectors are being installed throughout the district. Most will be “short throw” projectors connected to a specialized arm that is anchored to the wall.
Because they are close to the screen these projectors won’t shine in a presenter’s face or create massive shadows on the image. They are also bright enough so teachers won’t have to turn down the lights in the classroom.
And because wires are snaked through the arm and inside the wall, most tripping hazards associated with dangling cords are being eliminated.
Shasta, Meadow View and Kalapuya are complete. The installation crew is currently tackling Cascade and Prairie Mountain with the knowledge that each room in each school offers unique installation challenges. But this Bethel bond measure improvement is worth the challenge and will impact classroom instruction immediately.
Project Manager Pat Bradshaw provides another update from the Malabon, Fairfield and Willamette school construction sites.
The Bethel bond measure is providing even more than bricks and mortar.
New math and English language arts textbooks are already in every Bethel classroom, thanks to the bond funds.
Now, work is well underway on choosing new Social Studies textbooks for the entire District.
Kindergarten through 8th grade will get new curriculum for Oregon History, U.S. History, World History and Geography.
High school classrooms will receive new U.S. and World History books, American Government curriculum, and Geography, Economics and Psychology textbooks.
The final choices are scheduled to be made in February, and the community will be given a chance to review the selections.
They sent the bond measure to the ballot in 2012, campaigned on its behalf, approved the school designs, and now Bethel’s School Board members have had a chance to see the new schools under construction.
Project Manager Pat Bradshaw led School Board members on a tour of the construction sites of the new Fairfield and Malabon Elementary schools and Willamette’s Science/Office addition.
Bradshaw is providing the Board with regular video updates on the progress, but the changes are happening fast and nothing can take the place of an actual walk-through.
All the construction is expected to be complete by the start of the 2015 school year next September. And all of the work is being funded by the Bethel bond measure, passed two years ago with a 73% yes vote.
Construction on Bethel’s two new elementary schools and a high school science/office addition is zooming along. Willamette’s science building is almost completely enclosed, and the roofs should be on the new Fairfield and Malabon schools in a matter of weeks.
Check out the links on the right side Construction Updates column. Project Manager Pat Bradshaw offers regular updates, including some interesting insights into the building projects.
Below is a look at time lapse videos of all three projects. These school buildings are made possible by the generous support of Bethel voters who approved the 2012 Bethel Bond with an incredible 73% Yes vote.
The latest time lapse video of the new Willamette science building shows the progress being made. Soon the outside walls will go up and most of the work will take place beyond the view of cameras.
Crews from Hyland Construction have poured the foundation for the new Malabon Elementary School and walls are going up. This updated time lapse video shows the progress workers are making, with the school scheduled to open in fall of 2015.
The start of summer has signaled a huge amount of work throughout Bethel School District, thanks to the Bethel bond measure. Below are just some of the projects now underway.