The Hermiston School Board has approved the hiring of BBT Architects to take on the task of designing two new elementary schools and the expansion of Hermiston High School.
BBT Architects, based in Bend, was chosen from 11 proposals that were received from architectural firms from Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
BBT Architects have extensive experience working with early childhood centers, elementary, middle and high schools. Locally, the firm designed the Pendleton Early Learning Center, Sherwood Heights and Washington Elementary Schools, Pendleton High School, Irrigon and Boardman Elementary Schools, and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Education Center.
“We are very fortunate that 11 firms submitted a proposal to help build our schools, and were all top notch,” said Board Chair Karen Sherman. “BBT Architects was selected because during the interview process they demonstrated commitment to teamwork, fostering relationships, and innovation.”
In November, Hermiston voters approved an $82.7 million school bond that will pay for the following projects:
- Replacing Rocky Heights Elementary School with a larger 600-student building
- Constructing a new 600-student elementary school on Theater Lane
- Constructing a multi-classroom annex to increase capacity at Hermiston High School
- Purchasing property for long-term anticipated student capacity demands