The Bond story
Lake Orion Community Schools residents voted in November 2018 to approve a $160 million, 10-year, three series bond. Audited by the State of Michigan Department of Treasury, the bond plan will improve every facility in the district. This page will feature updates as the implementation moves forward, providing everything from the outline of next steps, to project plans, community involvement and regular progress reports.
Ongoing Series 1 projects
The LOCS Bond projects in the first series (2019-21) kicked off in February 2019 as design teams were formed for each of the projects and they began to meet. More information on the Series 1 projects is available on the linked map page.
Bond Project Updates
LOHS (learning space) 2019 2019
Carpenter 2019 2020
Orion Oaks 2019 2020
Early Childhood 2019 2021
Webber 2019 2021
LOHS (furnishings) 2020 2022
Paint Creek (secure) 2020 2021
Stadium Drive 2020 2022
Scripps 2021 2022
Blanche Sims 2021 2023
Oakview (furnishings) 2020 2021
Oakview (renovation) 2022 2024
Waldon (furn/renov) 2021 2024
Pine Tree 2022 2023
Paint Creek (renov) 2024 2025
LOHS (renovation) 2024 2025
Transportation 2023 2024
CERC 2025 2026
Administration 2026 2027
Moose Tree 2026 2027
The Lake Orion Community Schools bond process is a multi-step, deliberate endeavor, as the district works with its partners: architect GMB Architecture and Engineering, construction manager Rewold and Sons and Plante Moran. Below is the process and definition of terms for each step.
The preliminary phase of the design process where the design team works to establish the needs and goal for the project, both broad and specific. Programming is where we define all the puzzle pieces that need to be included, but not necessarily how they all fit together.
The schematic design phase is where the design team starts putting the pieces together. Multiple options are reviewed and considered until a final strategy is reached for how the project will be organized. Typically by the end of this phase the general layout and look of the building is established along with the general strategy for how the various systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, etc.) will be implemented.
(Sticking with the puzzle metaphor, we have the edges in place and enough of the middle to see what the picture is going to be)
The design development phase adds detail and depth of information. By the end of this phase, the layout and look of the building should be finalized. Detailed information about the contents of each space should be present, along with general information about how the building will be constructed. (The puzzle is complete)
This phase is where the design team completes the necessary detailed technical drawings that will allow a contractor to bid and construct the project. (Instructions for how someone else could make and put together the puzzle in the future)
The project phase in which the construction documents are released to contractors to bid on the work. Once bids are received, they are opened on the bid date, reviewed for accuracy/completeness and then awarded to the lowest qualified bid.
The physical construction of the building.