Architects West and Opsis Architecture Team Selected for 2016 Bond Projects

Milton-Freewater Unified School District is excited to announce the selection of the architects for the 2016 Bond projects.  The District has selected the team of Architects West and Opsis Architecture; Architects West is based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Opsis Architecture is based in Portland, Oregon. Both firms have done a wealth of work throughout eastern Washington and Oregon, and Architects West has been working with the Milton-Freewater Unified School District (MFUSD) throughout the pre-bond planning process. The District went through a very methodical public selection process, receiving proposals from eight different firms, interviewing their three highest-ranking choices before selecting Architects West and Opsis Architecture.

In April, the District School Board voted to award the contract for 2016 Bond Project Management Services to Wenaha Group, Inc., based out of Pendleton, Oregon. This action was taken in preparation for the Bond Measure and award was contingent on successful Bond passage. It is important to note that issuing the RFP prior to the election helped the District save 3-4 weeks in the project timeline so Bond project activity could commence immediately after the election. Like Architects West, Wenaha Group has also been working with the District throughout the pre-bond planning process. Wenaha Group will be acting as the “clerk of the works” over the Bond project schedule, budget, coordination of design, interacting with the community, working with contractors and ensuring that measures are taken to involve local businesses as much as possible.

The next area of focus for District’s Bond Project team will be to engage with the Milton-Freewater community in design related conversations – the Architects West/Opsis Architecture team is crafting several work groups to foster participation. The District will be looking for community involvement over the next several weeks  to gather input for the various design elements for the new Gib Olinger K-3 building and the new Grove Athletic complex.  These community forums are expected to be held during the first two weeks of August.

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