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West Albany High School Bond Project

West Albany High School is nearly seventy years old. The construction bond will be used in the development of an auxiliary gym, CTE spaces, student commons, and an auditorium, which will be available for use by the entire district.


Current Activities

September saw increased work force on site and its associated activity. In the Auxiliary Gym, wood flooring installation started, while safety pads and dividing curtain were installed.

Outside the cooling tower arrived and was set outside the Auditorium building and sidewalks east of Area A and the F-wing courtyard were poured. The building’s PVC roofing on the east side of Area B was installed, exterior windows & storefront frames of Area D were installed.

Inside thermal insulation for Area B was completed, and drywall was finished for Area A and was continued in Area B. Painting in Area A second floor was finished, and continued in Area B. Ceiling grid in Areas A & C was completed, and ceramic tiling was completed for the first floor restrooms.

Electrical connections were made ready for permanent power and Pacific Power & Light (PP&L), and installation of finishes were completed for Areas A, C & D. Completed rough-in for ductwork in Areas A & B, fire sprinklers, and all but the auditorium walls for plumbing; electrical work continued.

Activities Scheduled for Next Period

Among other work, October will see the installation of exterior windows & storefront frames in Areas A & C, as well as painting in Area B first floor. The Auxiliary Gym floor markings and bleachers will both be put in place.

Highlights, Challenges, Solutions

Northside Electric toured a previously built Auditorium at Silverton High School. With the assistance of PLA, the AV designer at both projects, this tour assisted the electrical contractor by showing them some elements of a finished product before proceeding further at West.

Gerding Builders, PP&L and the two schools West High and Memorial Middle spent considerable time making plans for the power cutover associated with the new electrical service at West. Particular attention is being made to avoid impacting students or teachers during this already challenging season of public education.

West saw its share of continued external challenges as COVID best-management practices and supply chain impacts forced work sequence changes on the job site, as well as workforce impacts from the region’s wildfire smoke. Flexibility and communication were key in efforts to keep contractors safe, while minimizing impacts for speedy schedule recoveries where possible.

Gerding Builders paid particular attention to the changing season as we head into Fall, and all roof work was made weather tight before more rain came.

Construction Schedule

Pre-Design & Schematics


10/20/17 100%
Master Planning 08/22/17 11/20/17 100%
Design Development


04/30/18 100%
Construction Documents


12/21/18 100%
CM/GC Selection and Award 08/29/18 11/15/18 100%
Bid and GMP Acceptance


02/25/19 100%
Construction 03/01/19 12/07/20 83%
Building Commissioning 10/15/20 11/19/20 0%
Owner Occupancy 12/07/20 01/01/21 0%
Post Occupancy Evaluation 01/01/21 04/30/21 0%
Warranty Period 12/07/20 12/07/21 0%

Initial Design Drawings and Renderings

Click HERE for the initial design drawings.

Click HERE for photo-realistic design renderings.