Don Stevens, principal-in-charge of the project and Kevin Shaver serving as project manager, report that BBT Architects of Bend has completed renovations to the Bend La Pine School District’s Education Center (historic Bend High School) in downtown Bend. The renovated rooms include the conference, board and staff work rooms.
The goal of the project was to improve the image, sustainability and foundation of the three most public spaces in the building while also paying homage to the historic past of the spaces by reintroducing some of the details of the original building, constructed in 1924. Energy efficient windows replaced the original single pane windows, while still maintaining the historic look and feel of the building.
Old flooring, trim, ceiling tiles, damaged plaster wall finishes and cabinetry were removed, and the exposed original wood flooring was sanded and refinished. Carpet was installed in the board room for aesthetic and acoustical purposes, and cabinetry was designed to match the original style of the old library. Existing doors were replaced with new doors matching the style of the original construction, while also meeting ADA standards. Light fixtures, ceiling fans, speakers and projectors were also installed in conjunction with new technology and audio visual improvements.
The renovations, including exterior masonry work, will extend the functional life of the approximately 63,500 square foot building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Meanwhile, the Bend La Pine School District continues to search for similar, affordable “green” building solutions such as the energy saving windows and refinished flooring, for future projects.
About BBT Architects
Founded in 1976, BBT Architects is a full-service commercial architectural firm with a staff of 19 professionals, including six licensed architects and two LEED accredited professionals, providing public, commercial, interior design and sustainable architectural and planning services. For more information, contact: Amy Clark at (541) 382-5535.