July 25, 2012 9:00 am
By Raju Woodward, Corvallis Gazette-Times
Students are on vacation, but maintenance crews are hard at work making repairs and upgrades at several schools in the Corvallis district. On Monday, workers from Eugene-based 2G Construction were replacing the roof at Crescent Valley High School. The $3.3 million project began June 21 and is scheduled to be done by Aug. 30. The district’s insurance fund is covering the cost of the roof replacement.
All four buildings and the covered walkways on the Crescent Valley campus are being replaced. Kim Patten, the district’s maintenance supervisor, said that Crescent Valley’s roof is failing and needed to be replaced.
She said leaks were especially problematic in the F Building of the school. Most of Crescent Valley’s science and arts classrooms are located in the F Building. “Leaks have been a problem for a long time, especially the past five years,” Patten said. “We had an assessment done last summer which determined replacing the roof would be more cost-effective than restoring it.”
Patten said some repairs were made to the roof of Crescent Valley’s C Building in 2010, but that didn’t entirely stop the leaks. “The insulation got wet,” Patten said. “That caused moisture which caused areas of the roof to pucker up and then leak.”
She said workers from 2G Construction and Umpqua Roofing are removing three layers of roofing at Crescent Valley to fix the problem. Ceiling titles also are being replaced at Crescent Valley, which was built in 1969 and opened for classes in 1970.
The other district school receiving a lot of tender loving care this summer is Cheldelin Middle School, a feeder school to Crescent Valley. The school’s boiler is being replaced — a project funded by Oregon Senate Bill 1149 School Public Purpose Fund dollars. Senate Bill 1149 aims to help schools implement cost-effective energy efficiency improvements.
“We also are doing painting at Cheldelin, including the lockers,” Patten said. “I think the students will enjoy coming back to school to those.” Other Benton County school districts also are construction zones this summer. Construction continues at Philomath High School, the largest and most expensive of the Philomath School District’s four bond measure projects.
The $20 million project is scheduled to be completed by the start of the school year in September. The multiphase project includes demolition, renovation and new construction. Next month, both Monroe High and Monroe Grade schools will get technology upgrades, including increased Internet bandwidth.