Vernonia K-12 School

Vernonia, OR

Vernonia School District


Bora Architects


P&C Construction


LEED Certified Platinum
Sustainable Stormwater
Low Impact Development

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Roads and Bridges
Site Development
Utility Infrastructure
Low Impact Development
Stormwater Management
Arterials and Local Streets

KPFF provided civil and structural engineering services for this K-12 school new construction. When the existing school was severely damaged in a flood, the need arose for a new school to be designed and built out of the floodplain on a 31.7-acre parcel just east of town. The new two-story, 131,000 SF structure houses 725 students and is designed for future growth to 1,000 students. The school houses classrooms, library, administration, a commons area and a gymnasium, two new baseball/softball fields and a new outdoor track and field.

On-site civil work included the demolition and clearing, grading, on-site utility design (storm, sanitary, water and fire protection), stormwater treatment and detention and roadway/site design including parking, drive aisles, sidewalks, and landscaped areas. Off-site civil work included the development of wetland mitigation plans, new culvert design and extensive street improvements. The wetland mitigation process involved collaboration with other consultants to obtain environmental permits from state and federal agencies, while the construction of the new wetland encompassed an intensive design process to meet the jurisdictional requirements of a constructed wetland. Street improvements included complete reconstruction of a local city street and coordination with Oregon Department of Transportation to design water quality facilities that treat runoff from the local street and a widened section of a state highway.

The project also contained a component of ODOT’s Safe Routes to Schools program.


Awards & Recognition

Engineering Excellence Grand Award, ACEC Oregon, 2014

AIA Portland People's Choice Award

DJC 2013 Top Projects: Best in Show, DJC, 2013

DJC 2013 Top Projects: First Place, Public Buildings, DJC, 2013

Excellence in Concrete, American Concrete Association, Portland Chapter