Thank You Facilities Committee Leadership

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Thank you to our dedicated Facilities Committee Members and 7 years of Facilities Committee Leadership!

Peter Kristensen
(Co-Chairperson)

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Peter is an Oak Park resident with one child at Medea Creek Middle School and one at Oak Park High School.  He is the V.P. Domestic Operations, Corporate Real Estate at Warner Bros. where he oversees WB’s domestic real estate portfolio.  Peter has over 20 years in the field of commercial real estate including asset management, leasing, property and facility management and construction.

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Tom Wulf
(Co-Chairperson)

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Tom has been an Oak Park resident for 10-years and currently has 2 children at Oak Park High School.  Tom is a Partner and Senior Vice President with Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, a national real estate investment, development and management firm based in Los Angeles.  He is responsible for Lowe’s commercial property development management in Southern California.  Over the past 14 years with Lowe he has developed and renovated in excess of 2 million square feet of commercial property.  He looks forward to bring this experience to support our Oak Park schools.

“We both knew this would be a lot of work, but if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right,” Wulf said. “We’re pleased to do it, and we have a lot of folks on board and staff that is committed to it.”

2009-06-04 / Community  

Oak Park Bond Measure Work Begins 

By Sophia Fischer sfischer@theacorn.com

Funds from the $29.4-million Measure R school facilities improvement bond that passed in November are being put to use in Oak Park School District.   During spring break, seismic safety shut-off gas valves were installed at four schools so that all of the district’s campuses now have the devices.

The bond measure oversight committee, made up of residents and district staff, is working with the construction-management firm of Barnhart Inc. to create a five-year master plan governing bond expenditures. The next set of projects will begin over the summer. The board of education still has to approve the list, but it may include the Oak Park High School parking lot and new roofs at Red Oak and Oak Hills elementary schools and at Medea Creek Middle School.

“We are looking at key items that need to be addressed first,” said Tom Wulf, who heads the facility improvement committee with Peter Kristensen. “They’re in such a state that if we don’t fix them quickly it will cause more problems and will cost more money in the end.“   If funds are approved, the Oak Park High School parking lot will be repaved and enlarged. The dirt areas by the tennis and basketball courts will be paved for additional parking spaces. The committee is looking at enhancing the front drop-off area of the school, which may cut into the large lawn, Kristensen said.

Except for Oak Hills, which has a metal roof, the other schools will have PVC roofs, which are certified for energy conservation due to their lighter color and light reflection quality. The new roofs are expected to last 20 to 30 years, according to Kristensen. The Red Oak roof was faulty to begin with and has had a series of “Band-Aid” repairs over the years, Wulf said. Painting may be put on hold until certain work that could disturb the paint is completed.

“It’s great to have all the schools painted, but it doesn’t make sense to do a whole new paint job if you’re going to start poking holes for new fire alarm systems,” Kristensen said. Air conditioning could be installed next summer in the Medea Creek gym, Kristensen said. The unit will be on the ground, where it can be structurally supported, rather than on the roof.   “Possibly some of this stuff we can do during the school year as long as it’s done safely and without disturbing students,” Kristensen said. “We’re not building new facilities; we’re repairing things.“

Oak Park Unified School District Superintendent Tony Knight commended Kristensen and Wulf for their dedication in leading the facilities committee and overseeing the improvement projects. “I can’t say enough about how much they’re doing for us and how much the board and everyone else appreciates the time they’ve put in,” Knight said. “One thing about Oak Park is that we have people with expertise who are an incredible resource.“ Both Wulf and Kristensen are volunteers with more than 20 years experience in commercial real estate. Wulf works in commercial property development management for the Southern California division of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate Group, a national real estate investment, development and management firm in Los Angeles. Kristensen is a Warner Bros. vice president, overseeing its domestic real estate portfolio. Both men used to work together at Wulf’s firm and both have children in Oak Park schools.

Also on the committee are School Board Member Marie Panec; parent volunteers Susie Harris, Liz Kramer and Doug Orens; and district staff members including Knight; Martin Klauss, Assistant Superintendent; Julie Suarez, Director of Business Operations; Jay Greenlinger, Medea Creek Dean; Debra Burgher, Brookside Principal; Debbie West, Science Specialist; and Andi Mallen, Oak Park High Principal.

“We both knew this would be a lot of work, but if we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right,” Wulf said. “We’re pleased to do it, and we have a lot of folks on board and staff that is committed to it.”