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May 6, 2022


Photo courtesy of Matt Jacoby
The 150,000-square-foot Gardiner Middle School has an open learning environment, creating a space that feels less confining than a school of the past.

Gardiner Middle School

Location: Oregon City

Contractor: Fred Shearer & Sons

Architect: BRIC Architecture

Team: District Council of Laborers; International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Plasterers Local 82; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Armstrong World Industries; Clinch-On Cornerbead Co.; Fry Reglet Corp.; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Plexxis Software; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; STI Firestop; Trim-Tex; USG Building Systems

The new 150,000-square-foot Gardiner Middle School is uniquely designed with an open learning environment, creating a space that feels less confining than a traditional school of the past. The design incorporated sound panels to reduce noise levels throughout the building.

The main challenge for this project was scheduling so that the process would be completed for school to open on time. Working with the project team, design-build contractor Fred Shearer & Sons was able to create a flow to the scheduling without excessive trade stacking or unnecessary manpower loading so that the project was completed on time and under budget. By employing 3D scanning technology, Fred Shearer & Sons was able to get accurate field measurements that ensured a smooth installation.

Fred Shearer & Sons says it appreciated the openness on the part of the owner, architect and construction manager/general contractor to its input and advice while meeting their concepts of design. The firm was able to not only provide value for the client by utilizing prefabrication of both exterior and interior assemblies but also help with direction in the products used on site.

All stakeholders were committed to keeping the lines of communication open and listening to each other to understand the needs of the project, which resulted in the successful completion of this school.

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