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Bids in for high school master plan

December 15, 2005

Two architectural firms &

one local and one already working on an Ashland School District project &

submitted proposals to complete a master plan study for Ashland High School, district officials announced this week.

The Portland-based Dull Olson Weeks Architects Inc. and Ogden Roemer Wilkerson Architects, a Medford group, each applied to analyze and review educational programs at the high school, then examine what facility improvements will be necessary to support those educational programs in the future.

However, the expenses associated with each bid differ significantly.

The total fee range proposed by DOWA, which is in the process of completing a $57,000 facilities study for the district that could will act as the drafting of a facilities improvement bond, falls between $35,255 to $50,180, with an estimated $4,435 to $6,226 in reimbursable expenses.

ORW calculated the cost of its study at $39,800, plus $800 or less in reimbursables. The proposal stated the firm will not need to recoup significant travel, lodging or meal costs because it is a local company. They will not charge any travel costs in Jackson or Josephine counties.


This local presence and availability will allow additional meetings and information gathering to take place beyond the defined and scheduled charette process, and will reinforce and expedite the communication link with the district,&

architect Ken Ogden wrote in the cover letter of the proposal.

In contrast, DOWA will require between $2,985 and $4,776 in travel expenses for eight to 10 trips Portland-to-Ashland trips.

The school board asked district staff on Nov. 17 to issue the request for proposals. At the time, board member Amy Amrhein suggested the board cap the cost of the project at $40,000. At the time, the board was considering a DOWA proposal to complete the study for $51,000 to $60,000. The motion died.

The board did clarify that the master plan study will need to be done quickly. The request for proposal stated the final study must be turned over to the board no later than March 15, which &

represents a challenge,&

according to John Weeks, a principal at DOWA.

The Bond and Facilities Planning Committee recommended the master planning process to help prioritize the needs and the schedule for renovation at AHS.


A well-conceived master plan is essential,&

according to a statement issued by the bond committee on Dec. 6.