•  Orion
    Program Management Team: Brailsford and Dunlavey | RGM & AssociatesB&D      RGM   
    Status: Construction
    Contact Us: Don Dias
    Other Project Details: 

    Welcome to the Orion Alternative School Measure T Bond website. Below you will find periodic and important updates about your school. Over the next several months the Bond Program Team will present updates on the design and construction progress at your school. Your school is being designed by Gelfand Partners Architects with support from your Site Council, Principal, Teachers, Staff, and local community.


    We thank you for your support of this bond and its associated projects.

     Construction Starts
  • Orion Modernization Monthly Construction Update

    Posted by Neta Miller on 7/5/2019 7:00:00 AM


    Orion Progress July


    July Progress Orion


    Construction Update: July 2019

    Project: Modernization

    Construction Update: In June, the following projects began: demolition efforts of the flooring in the multipurpose room, HVAC and electrical work, window film installations, abatement of exterior green paint, and power washing of building exterior.

    One Month Look Ahead: In July, all previous work will proceed, as well as the following will begin: preparation for new VCT tile and moisture control system intallation for the flooring, and selective fencing and gate installation. 

    Immediate Impacts:

    Orion Traffic July Impacts

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  • Orion Modernization Monthly Construction Update

    Posted by Neta Miller on 6/7/2019 7:00:00 AM

    Construction Update: June 2019

    Project: Modernization

    Construction Update: In May, this project went through contract negotiations to reflect the most current scope.

    One Month Look Ahead: In June, construction will begin at this site. June construction is expected to include the start of demolition efforts.

    Immediate Impacts:

    Orion June Impacts

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  • Upcoming Update

    Posted by Neta Assaf on 2/8/2019 7:00:00 PM

    A Measure T Bond update about Orion is coming shortly.

    Thank you for supporting our community.

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  • Orion Design Update

    Posted by Neta Assaf on 9/30/2018 6:00:00 AM

    Another summer full of fun (and work) has come and gone at Orion Alternative Elementary School! Welcome back, we hope your school year is successful. The Bond Team is propelling the Measure T Bond Measure’s vision into reality. The design and construction process is being carefully guided, with everyone focused on making the Redwood City School District (RCSD) the best place for learning and exploration it can be.


    This summer, Orion has been full of activity:

    • A Construction-Related Testing and Inspection Agreement with Ninyo and Moore was approved by the Board.
    • The Board has approved a Construction Management Consultant Agreement with Kitchell Corporation.
    • Orion has been chosen to be the first site to receive the Avigilon Security Camera system, which is currently in operation.
    • With DSA Sign off on May 2018, Orion has been bundled with McKinley Institute of Technology, and North Star Academy as a single bid package to make the value of the construction more efficient. A bid walk for contractors was held in August 2018. Bids were received September 11, 2018.


    Next steps for Orion include a review of bid submissions for the Orion Alternative, McKinley Institute of Technology, and North Star Academy bid package, followed by the start of the construction phase.


    The Bond Team is happy to share that the timeline for completing all RCSD school site projects has been shortened to five years instead of the previously expected seven. Construction on some District sites is expected to begin as early as the start of 2019.


    For further information and inquiry, please contact Don Dias.

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  • Orion Conceptual Design

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:45:00 AM

    There are multiple phases of design that your school will progress through over the next several month. Those phases include:


    • Conceptual Design
    • Schematic Design
    • Design Development
    • Construction Documents

    A critical part of every project is the budget and ensuring that the design maximizes the budget. The architect of your school was provided a set budget and a design objective based on the goals of the Master Facility Plan and the board approved Gap Analysis finding. The attached document reflects the architect’s conceptual design for your site. Conceptual designs can be considered the first drawings that outline desires and opportunities. The level of detail is limited in this phase. The next phase, schematic development, will show addition details like wall locations, doors, and windows.


    The Bond Program Team is in constant contact with the school principal to confirm design developments through the entire process for feedback and design confirmation.


    Conceptual Design

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  • Orion Neighborhood Meeting

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:30:00 AM

    The Redwood City School District Measure T Bond Team invited the local community to attend an informational session about their school on one of three days in April or May of 2017. The content of the meeting included a welcome message from Dr. John Baker, Superintendent, a Measure T overall Bond Update, as well as school specific updates in a breakout session.


    Attached is a copy of the presentation provided at the Town Hall meeting.

    Neighborhood Meeting - Overview

    Neighborhood Meeting - OR

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  • Orion Gap Analysis

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:15:00 AM

    The Master Plan developed by LPA outlined the future vision for Redwood City Schools 10 - 15 years into the future. Rarely can a single bond program accomplish everything a master facility plan outlines. This is true for the current Measure T Bond and the RCSD Master Facility Plan. The Measure T Bond has a limited amount of resources, approximately $200 million dollars to be shared by all school sites based on the Board of Education approved funding allocations.


    With the understanding of each schools sites budget, the architect completing the Facility Master Plan was asked to provide an approximate scope of work at each school that could meet the budget allocations. This plan is known as the "blue line" plans shared with the community.


    The “blue line” plans take a very high level vision and attempted to separate the plan into a first phase of work to align with the Measure T Bond funding. Unfortunately, some small omissions occurred in this plan causing a potential gap in teaching and resource spaces. The Bond Program Team presented to the Board of Education a “gap analysis” which outlined these omissions and how the Board of Education needed to realign each school's vision with the funding available to ensure no loss in teaching space or student resources while staying authentic to the goals of the Facility Master Plan. 


    The attached document outlines this exercise.


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  • Orion RCSD FMP

    Posted by Ty Specht on 8/17/2017 9:00:00 AM

    The attached document is the Master Plan guide for Redwood City Schools. 


    "A Facilities Master Plan (FMP) is strategic in nature. It identifies a vision for the next 10 to 15 years. The site master plans (refer to Section 4.0) provide a graphic representation of this vision for each site. It is important to note that the individual school site master plan is not a design but rather a plan for the future improvement of the District's facilities, in support of the educational program goals for student achievement."

    Please read all four sections of the Master Plan to understand the process, planning and considerations, projected costs, and site specific plans for your school. 


    The Master Plan is one of many documents informing the design decisions made at your school. 

    Section 1 LPA Master Plan

    Section 2 LPA Master Plan

    Section 3 - LPA Master Plan

    Facilities Master Plan, Section 4, Site Master Plan: Orion



    RCSD Bond Team

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