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May 6, 2022


Photo courtesy of Gabe Hurley
Caldera High School has a 600-seat performing arts theater.

Caldera High School

Location: Bend-La Pine

Contractor: The Harver Co.

Architect: BBT Architects

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; Service Partners; Armstrong World Industries; CertainTeed Gypsum; Clinch-On Cornerbead Co.; Denzel Northwest; Fry Reglet Corp.; Georgia-Pacific; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Trim-Tex

In May of 2017, voters approved a capital construction bond for Bend-La Pine Schools that made Caldera High School possible — the first new high school built in the district in two decades. By January of 2018, BBT Architects was selected and started conducting focus groups to work on the design. In June of 2019, Kirby Nagelhout Construction was awarded the contract for building construction.

The project began in August 2019 and met its completion date of August 2021. The 272,000-square-foot high school is located on a 49-acre site in southeast Bend. The project included a multi-level main building with more than 60 classrooms, administration areas, CTE labs, a media center, commons, a kitchen, 600-seat performing arts theater, music classrooms, a multi-level gymnasium, wrestling room and weight rooms. The remaining site includes play fields, tennis courts, grandstands, a concession building and parking facilities.

This “school of the future” provides a flexible, welcoming and innovative learning environment. It features adaptable, functional spaces that will be a prototype for additional schools in the district.

The Caldera High School project exquisitely showcases the wall and ceiling industry’s diverse and creative talents. It required framing clerestory sections which were 60 feet above finished floors. The auditorium boasts walls, ceilings and soffits with varying layout, running at different angles and elevations. The project has independently framed ceiling clouds because of continuous slot diffusers running at different elevations and pitch. It required installing over 500 hollow metal frames without repair of a single frame, and creatively installing soundproof hollow metal frames weighing over 300 pounds each. It involved finishing aluminum reglet at drywall locations, interfacing with split-face CMU.

Caldera High School was a project produced by a comprehensive team in the face of adverse conditions, variables and unknowns.

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