Whitaker Adams Middle School Deconstruction

The Whitaker School project is a good example of how PBS incorporates our multidisciplinary structure into a successful project. Led by the Sustainable Design Group, all four PBS service areas (Engineering, Environmental, Health and Safety, and Natural Resources ) brought this project to a successful completion.

PBS’ Geo-Environmental Group oversaw the decommissioning of several underground storage tanks, hydraulic lifts, and water wells that were part of a geothermal exchange system. Our Civil Engineering Group developed an erosion control plan and secured the Erosion Control Permit from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. PBS’ Health and Safety Group developed specifications for hazardous material abatement and deconstruction of the building emphasizing salvage and reuse of building materials. PBS’ Geotechnical Group conducted field investigations and recommendations for native soils to be used as backfill after deconstruction. Our Natural Resources Group developed a tree protection plan to preserve significant trees and developed a seeding plan for reestablishing vegetation on the site.

Future plans for the site may include a school, neighborhood park, or mixed-use development.

Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

Scope of Services:

  • Hazardous Materials Abatement
  • Building Deconstruction & Recycling
  • Science Lab/Stored Chemical Identification
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • UST & Waterwell Decommissioning