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What's the Cost?
Funding for these upgrades is often supplied through school bonds,
measures that must be approved by local voters. Because of the
expense these projects often incur, sticker-shock can be a factor in
whether or not a bond is approved; whether intentionally or by
oversight, the cost to increase safety and resiliency is often factored in
after the bond passes. Such an unwelcome fiscal surprise can be seen
as a political bait-and-switch ploy, alienating the public and jeopardizing future support for similar projects. Another reason voters may
resist the measure: the payback isn't immediately perceived. If the
issues regarding resilience are presented in the forefront of a bond,
and not buried in the fine print, the priorities are clear. Therefore,
honestly framing the scope of the work and presenting its budget
from the outset is the best strategy.
A complete and accurate cost analysis forms the basis for this.
Several of Oregon's largest school districts (including Portland Public
Schools, Beaverton School District and Camas School District) have
created realistic and accurate budget frameworks for these kinds of
school construction projects before going to bond. To do this, districts
often engage professional cost estimating and management services
firms to guide them through pre-bond budgeting, design milestone estimating, and change order management, a process which
ultimately ensures that the user requirements are maximized within
limited available funds.

Community Shelters
While compliance with current building codes is a minimum goal,
some school districts are looking to expand their role beyond the
safety of students and faculty. These districts are voluntarily stepping up their seismic standards so that their schools can function as
a shelter to provide a full range of post-disaster relief services to the
entire community.
The Beaverton School District has taken on that challenge, passing
a bond measure that includes the construction of seven new schools.
Using the ORP as a guide, these schools will act as a demonstration
project to explore how they can be used as shelters following a disaster and be able to re-open in a timely manner - 72 hours instead of
the 18 months allotted for resuming core educational functions - to
aid recovery efforts.
The American Red Cross has established criteria for minimum
emergency shelter requirements. As outlined in the ORP, these are
secure facilities that can be naturally ventilated, get people out of
the weather and keep them warm. Beyond that, the availability of
electricity for lighting and cooking, water and removal of wastewater
would be significant additions that would improve the efficiency and
livability of the shelter.
Even with new, ground-up construction approved by the voters,

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incorporating all of these features into a
school building requires extensive integration with a community's infrastructure. To
manage this, creating a long-term schedule
that benchmarks the entire process, and
tracks costs and progress over the life of the
project, is essential. The algorithm-based
method of estimating expenses analyzes
fixed and variable factors so that budgets
can allow for adequate safety and resiliency.
For both constituents and communities, cost
modeling can provide the transparency, clarity, and direction that get a bond project off
on the right financial foot, putting a resilient
school improvement program on safe and
solid ground.

Graham Roy is executive vice president at Rider Levett Bucknall and oversees
operations of the firm's West Coast offices. As a professional quantity surveyor,
Graham has provided cost, project, and facilities management on numerous
education, healthcare, military, hospitality, library, commercial, and residential
projects in both the public and private sectors.

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