Thursday, February 25, 2016

Welcome to the Building the Future of Learning Blog!

The purpose of this blog is to provide the community with up-to-date information on the construction  projects that are the result of the $144 million building project proposal approved by voters in November 2015. The projects include:
  • Rebuilding Portage North and Portage Central Middle Schools
  • Updating Portage West Middle School
  • Building athletic facilities and pools at Portage Northern and Portage Central High Schools
  • Updating technology to include 1:1 computing in all PPS schools
  • Replacing aging school buses
You are invited to follow the progress by clicking the "Building the Future of Learning" logo on our website at  or by subscribing to email updates on the right hand side of the blog page.
It is anticipated that projects of this size and scope will take several years to complete, however much work has already been started in the few short months since the bond proposal was approved. Today's entry will bring you up-to-date.

Here is what has been happening:

After a series of requests for proposals, interviews, reference checks and presentations the Board of Education has approved architecture, construction management and owner's representative firms.
  • Construction management services provided by: Owen Ames Kimball
  • The owner's representative firm acts as a liaison between the District and the architects and construction management firm to offer expertise and day to day support during construction. The firm selected for this role is Walbridge.
These firms are now working closely with the District Bond Implementation Steering Committee, and Advisory Groups of principals, boosters and community representatives to develop a Campus Master Plan which will be presented at a special Board of Education Meeting on February 29th at 2pm at the Administration Building.