Reynolds School District Bond Project Fairview, Oregon
The Reynolds School District’s bond program used green building design to create healthier, more sustainable schools and save money in the process. A diverse group of stakeholders were brought together to provide dynamic sustainable strategies for multiple sites focused on water efficiency, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality, and wellness features. In addition to seismic and safety upgrades, the bond also placed the Reynolds School District in a pilot for the Green Technology Alternative – only the third such project statewide.
Maximizing Bond Dollars to Develop A More Sustainable School District
The $125-million bond included the total replacement of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wilkes Elementary Schools, as well as repair and renovation of Reynolds High School. High School renovations included adding classrooms, connecting all outbuildings to the main school, relocating student support services to the front entry, and expansion of the cafeteria and commons area. Secure, controlled access entrances, as well as exterior lighting and security cameras were added at all schools. The design also aimed to support better learning by providing more daylight and fresh air to help mitigate common health issues that have been attributed to unhealthy indoor environmental quality. Otak served as owner’s representative and bond program manager while also working with a trusted subconsultant to provide energy modeling analysis and feasibility studies to maximize the District’s return on investment. The incentives of these green energy measures resulted in approximately $400,000 in energy credits back to the district.