Architectural firms chosen for South Medford project

Seattle-based Mahlum Architects and Ashland-based Architectural Design Works have been selected to design renovations for South Medford High School on South Oakdale Avenue.

The architectural firms, which joined forces for the project, submitted the lowest of two bids for the first phase of the renovation.

The some $3 million in initial renovations will transform the high school, built in 1931, into the Medford School District's central headquarters. It will also serve as the location for Medford Opportunity High School, a small alternative school operated by the district.

After school ends in June, South Medford High School will move to a new campus at Columbus and Cunningham avenues in the southwest portion of the city.

Mahlum and ADW will design the makeover of the old building for $276,000.

Portland-based Opsis Architecture and Medford-based Abell Architectural Group bid $302,000 to do the project.

All of the architects had been prescreened in 2006 by the district's Architectural Review Committee for the $189 million bond package.

The South renovations are the last component of the bond package. They will consolidate all the district's central services, now scattered between five locations and allow the district to sell four surplus properties.

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