DAY CPM Leads Central Point School District Bond Program
With a primary goal of providing students a safe and healthy school environment, DAY CPM has been acting on behalf of the Central Point School District, overseeing the management of a $90M bond program that includes numerous school upgrades and renovations throughout the district. Central Point School District (CPSD) #6 operates schools in the Southern Oregon communities of Central Point, Gold Hill, and Sams Valley, with eight schools serving more than 4,700 students including five elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school complex located at the Crater campus. With the passage of the bond in May of 2019, the district turned to DAY CPM to oversee the bond management as its owner’s representative.
The bond money is meant to accomplish a wide variety of goals. Buildings needed to have their mechanical systems updated and improved for better efficiency and to better protect the health and safety of the occupants. Additional flexible learning space was needed to allow different types of classes, from science labs to study halls—crucial components to allow for future changes and developments in course structure. Finally, more space was needed to reduce overcrowding.
DAY CPM recognized that a program this large in scope would require a large, dynamic team with multi-disciplinary skills, and would require boots on the ground in Central Point. The challenge was they did not already have a person on the ground in that part of the state. As happens when this is the case, they scanned their existing contacts to find someone they could trust to lead the work. Medford architect and Southern Oregon resident Steve Ennis was hired by DAY CPM to be the local senior project manager for the duration of the bond program. Project manager Tina Ely supported the CPSD Bond remotely with assistance from project managers Joshua Dodson and Randy Isaac. Additional DAY CPM assistance is being delivered by our local project coordinator Matt Robinson and engineering specialist Les Carmichael.
Joshua Dodson explained that DAY CPM has an advantage as an owner’s representative because the company houses project managers, architects, engineers, designers, and other skilled professionals thereby bringing a strong knowledge of what is possible and what it takes to move a project of this magnitude and complexity along. “This background makes us experts. We’re not the architects or contractor on this project but we know how they should be contracted so the owner’s objectives are fulfilled,” Joshua said.
That knowledge base is critical as more than half of the bond work is dedicated to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) upgrades at the eight schools, which can be more challenging than new building upgrades. As Joshua states, “MEP work is not as flashy so, in some ways, it is also a harder sell to the public who can’t necessarily see the improvements.” In the end, though, the users of the schools will experience the benefits of these critical upgrades on a daily basis.
DAY CPM worked with the district, design team (BBT Architects of Bend) and construction managers/general contractors (S&B James Construction and Vitus Construction) to develop a schedule for the more than twenty projects to ensure the work can be completed by the fall of 2023.
The arrival of the pandemic last year and recent fires has proven to be both detrimental and beneficial to the overall work. On the one hand, schools have been closed which has allowed work to occur inside the buildings throughout the school year when otherwise it would have been consolidated into the summer months. The downside is that some materials are more difficult to come by and shipment times are increased. Altogether, the pluses and minuses have offset each other, the project has remained on schedule, the teams of architects and contractors are in place and construction has begun.
DAY CPM will continue to act as the fiscal stewards of the bond, meshing the budget, project scope, and timelines to make sure the public money is spent wisely, within rules, and to the best benefit for the students, staff, and communities the schools serve.
“Our goal ultimately is to serve the children and make sure they are taught in good facilities where their learning isn’t hampered by outdated or dilapidated buildings,” Joshua said.