How does Eugene Field School look, feel and function after the completion of a locally proposed 50/50 Solution for Eugene Field School and SFSD Rural Schools?

As a Silverton family drives up, they are greeted by a “new” building. The ugly PVC that was draped over the Water Street entry is gone; the original brisk architecture with its corbels, crowns, central arched feature with trophied sconce are permanently back.

Looking up at the mansard roof they see new architectural roofing. The windows look new, no longer surrounded by pealing paint.

As they approach the front entry, there are double wrought iron gate systems that secure the front courtyard, along with a similar iron fence perimeter that extends each way beyond the hard surface.

As they walk under the now stable shadow of the entry, there is a large sturdy steel frame on either side of the entry doors that reflects the substantial seismic remediation that has been completed throughout.

Upon entering, they are greeted by the smell of fresh paint and new carpet. The new colors are very pleasing and the old drab brown carpet is gone. Now completely enveloped in fire resistive finishes, they are happy to see that the original wood wainscot has been restored. The hallways are brighter than before with three new skylights which open to the atmosphere to release the heat of a fire if it should occur. However, push back the worry, there now are fire sprinkling heads in the ceiling. It is comforting to know that the building is protected everywhere; including in the attics.

The activity in the gym presents them with an all new structure, with 26 feet drywall ceilings, and ten new high windows which simulate the original architecture. And, there are people sitting in the balconies!

What else will they find?

“A” Street has been vacated: “A” St. has been widened about 24 ft and is no longer an open public street. There are now 20 angled parking spaces for parents to let off children and the bus parking remains. There are steel control gates at First and Water Streets.

HVAC and air quality: Tests for air quality have been good in the past. Now there is fresh air, better foundation and attic ventilation, plastic ground cover in the crawl space, and new HVAC, gas heat and air conditioning with (1) five ton thermostat per two classrooms; all which make the air quality even better.

Energy efficiency: There was no insulation previously. Now there is R 30 in the walls and R 38 in the attics, including the gym. There are proper window awnings over the classroom windows on the Water Street side.

Seismic: All occupants are protected by sheer wall construction around the entire perimeter with 2×10 studs and ¾ inch plywood inside all exterior veneers. Steel portal frames tie these continuous sheer panels together. Interior and exterior sheer panels extend from the foundation up through the attic to the roof diaphragm. New steel portal frames and sheer are in play shed.

Electricity: All class rooms now have more than enough electrical outlets for modern day classroom learning. There are no knob and tube conditions. Exiting and emergency lighting are in function.

Restrooms: There are two new fully handicapped restrooms, and each with a handicapped shower. There is an allowance for replacing old fixtures if needed.

Schedule: All work may be consummated in two well planned summer construction periods; without interference with school safety activities.

True sustainability: Since much of the original structure will be renewed and the major new construction is the gym, the reality is that far less new manufactured products are necessary, less fossil fuels, less manpower, and less valuable revenue are consumed. This is a great example of Silverton conservation.

True local collaboration: This comes from a 46 year design build specialist, with primary consensus from well established Salem (local) professionals: Bill Pease, structural engineer; Geoff James, architect; Dalke Construction.

Method: Use of a RFP for a design-build proposal with a specific, not to exceed, budget goal. This places all responsibility on one common contract; no excuses.

SFSD Rural schools and 50/50 bond satisfaction: If an $8 million bond is proposed, this budget of 4.4 million for Eugene Field would leave $3.6 million for the rural schools; or such configuration as town and rural public input deems appropriate before the actual bond election.

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