Seismic upgrades set at Rogue River Elementary

Four buildings at Rogue River Elementary School, including one more than 100 years old, are scheduled for a $1.5 million upgrade this summer.

Adroit Construction of Ashland will remodel the gym, built in 1909, and three other buildings built between 1950 and 1960 on the east side of the campus at 300 Pine St. The other three buildings house classrooms, the cafeteria, and administrative offices.

Engineered by ZCS of Grants Pass, the work will include fortifying the buildings against earthquakes. The 6,000-square-foot gym will be the biggest project, with Adroit replacing the entire roof. The other three buildings range from about 5,000 to 12,300 square feet.

A grant from the Oregon Military Department's Office of Emergency Management is expected to cover the full cost. The gym doubles as a location for school events and as an emergency Red Cross shelter.

The gym may be fenced off in May to allow the work to begin early. The plan is to finish before students return in the fall.

The school also is breaking ground this week for new playground equipment on the west side of the campus, which was the middle school before the district realigned classes in 2011. Funded by the PTA, the playground work will be done during spring break next week.

— Grants Pass Daily Courier

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