BELLEVUE WEST 2018-01-21T00:34:42+00:00


About Us

Established: 1977
Location: 1501 Thurston Avenue
Grades Served: 9-12
History: In 1973 a citizens’ committee evaluated existing and future building and curricular needs for the Bellevue Public Schools. The committee recommended a building program and a fifteen million dollar bond issue to help with construction, including a new 6.3 million dollar high school, which would be the largest bond issue ever passed in Nebraska for a new high school. The new high school was completed as a single project, something that had never happened in Bellevue and opened in August 1977. The building was an innovative, functional design called an educational complex.
School Mascot: Bellevue West Thunderbirds
School Colors: Purple, Gold and White
School Purpose: Bellevue West High School strives to be a student centered, academically challenging environment which cultivates character, celebrates learning, and fosters collaboration. Together, the staff and families of the diverse Bellevue/Offutt community will develop creative, continuous learners with the skills and enthusiasm to be contributing members of a global community.
Principal: Kevin Rohlfs

Project Summary

  • Field Lighting Replacement
  • Possible Track Replacement

Project Timeline

  • Anticipated Construction Start

  • Anticipated Construction Completion

Last Update: January 21, 2018

Project Notes

May 8, 2018 – Bellevue West

The Bellevue School Board approved at the May 2018 meeting a contract with Heartland Seating to replace the existing bleachers in the main gym at Bellevue West High School. The new seating will replace the existing wood bleachers with new retractable contoured plastic bench seats. Work is tentatively scheduled to start shortly after September 1st, 2018 and will be completed in the Fall of 2018.

May 8, 2018 – Bellevue West

Field Lighting
As part of the overall bond program, the existing field lighting is being planned on being replaced at Bellevue West to bring field lighting levels up to current standards. Options were reviewed between going back with new HID lighting or moving to more energy efficient LED field lighting. In review of existing conditions at the site, the recommendation was made to look at installing new poles and LED field lighting at the field. Design of the new system was coordinated with Musco Lighting and a contract was awarded to Musco to provide the new lighting system and poles for the project. A separate bid package will be bid out for the installation of the new lighting system in coordination with Musco.

Positives resulting from this project include the following:

  • Lamp Life: The existing HID lamps being used at the field are rated around 15,000 hours of average lamp life. The new average LED lamp life expectancy is rated over 50,000 hours.
  • Energy Savings: Based on anticipated yearly use, it is anticipated that the new LED fixtures will save approximately $1,000 per year in utility costs.
  • Musco provides a full 25-year maintenance package for the new LED fixtures with the installation on the new poles. If anything happens to these fixtures during this time, Musco handles all of the repair/replacement work at their expense. This equates to an average $2,000 to $4,000 annual savings to the District in light fixture maintenance costs.

Work on this project is schedule to start mid-summer of 2018 and is anticipated to be completed around September 1st, 2018.

May 8, 2018 – Bellevue West

Shop Ventilation Upgrade Project
The replacement of the ventilation units for the welding hoods in the shop area at Bellevue West was completed over the Spring break period at the end of March, 2018. The new units replace the previous units that were part of the original building construction completed back in 1977.


May 8, 2018 – Bellevue West

Roof Projects
The first round of roof replacement work scheduled for Bellevue West has been wrapped up over several classroom areas, the shop area and the pool area. These roofs should be highly functional for the next 20+ years so these roofs will keep the students and staff dry!!! Additional roof areas have been identified/scheduled for replacement and will be scheduled to be completed in the next couple of years after higher priority roofs are addressed in the District.


January 2, 2018 – Bellevue West

Roof Projects: The roofing work for the first round of roof replacement work scheduled for Bellevue West is progressing. Roofing work has been completed in Area 1 (Northwest quadrant), Area 2 (Language Classrooms) and the Shop/Technology wing. Roofing work has started on the area over the existing Pool area but has been temporarily halted due to extreme cold weather. Once there is a break in the weather, roofing work will resume and should be completed within approximately two weeks (weather dependent). Work was delayed somewhat during the late fall due to persistent high wind conditions.

Shop Ventilation Upgrade Project: Work will begin in late March, 2018 for the replacement of two mechanical units located over the welding shop at Bellevue West. The existing rooftop units are existing units dating back to when the school first opened in 1977. The existing units have deteriorated to a point where water is continually entering the building through the units. It is anticipated that the mechanical work in and over the shop area will be completed over the Spring Break period and back in operation in early April.

October 18 – Bellevue West

Roof Projects
The roofing work for the first round of roof replacement work scheduled for Bellevue West is moving forward. Work is ongoing in Area 1 (Northwest quadrant) and the work in that area and will be moving over to Area 2 (Language Classrooms). Work on the north portion of the building will be completed the week of 10/23/17 and then will shift over to the south end of the building to the shop classroom area and the roof area over the pool. Roofing work is anticipated on being completed in early November.

A contract has also been awarded to Controlled Comfort, Inc. on extending six existing rooftop unit curbs in the areas of work to allow flashing work to be performed on the roof curbs. This work will be coordinated with the installation of the roofing work that will be performed in these respective roof areas.