San Diego Unified School District’s Mission Bay High School is beginning a major renovation project on its stadium, softball field and baseball field. To mark the the start of construction the school held a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 12. After Principal Fred Hilgers opened the program by welcoming the students, parents and community members and staff; Katrina Rivett senior, sang the National Anthem, followed by Devante Kinder, senior football player; and Kyle Kroeger, freshman soccer, lacrosse and field hockey player. The Buccaneers' cheerleaders were on hand to help launch the project, as were the girls junior varsity soccer team and Athletic Director Jorge Palacios.
At the beginning of the new construction project at Millennial Tech Middle School (MTM), three San Diego State University (SDSU) students experienced first-hand what construction grading involves. After discussing the barren work space complete with broken concrete chunks and earth movers grading the site of the new three-story classroom building, the SDSU students made their way back to the headquarters for Cats Excavating Inc. where they discussed everything from equipment rentals, operators, soils, fuel and scheduling.
The students-- David Willis, Magmus Fossheim and Joseph Marin--are part of SDSU’s construction engineering program. They are fulfilling their requirements for construction engineering operations analysis and design class by observing the construction at MTM. The class requires students to document and describe the design of an operation, explain the key processes and factors used in the management decision, and evaluate the parameters that influenced the design of the earthwork operation.
Construction students at SDSU are required to take courses that involve field trips every week. These field trips are carefully planned to provide the construction students with real project examples and the chance to interact with contractors and personnel so that the students can compare, solve and apply what they learn in classes. For Willis, Fossheim and Marin, being out in the field applying concepts and engaging with contractors, superintendents and construction managers is a great learning experience.
“I enjoy being able to come out in the field and meet people and shake their hands,” said David Willis. “I find the material interesting. When I’m able to get out in the field, and see it put into practice; what I’ve been learning in the classroom starts to make more sense. That’s when I really start enjoying it.”
For more information on the work being done at Millennial Tech Middle School, please visit https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/default.aspx. You may also send an e-mail to SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604.
Construction began during summer 2012 and was completed in fall 2013. The two-story classroom project represents an investment of nearly $6 million into Encanto Elementary School and the community of Encanto. The project was funded by Proposition S, the 2008 bond measure passed by voters to repair, renovate and revitalize schools for the children of San Diego.
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The nearly $1 million project was funded by a California Proposition 1D grant and San Diego Unified School District’s Proposition S. The project included remodeling existing, outdated graphic arts classroom into a new in-screen printing/graphics classroom with an adjoining computer graphics lab/classroom. Mira Mesa High's existing graphic arts classroom was upgraded/remodeled into screen printing classroom. The project also included upgrading the ventilation system, the technology infrastructure to accommodate current computer needs, and providing a visual and physical link with the main classroom. Construction began in summer 2012 and was completed in spring 2013.
For more details on CCTE and its programs, visit www.sandi.net/CCTE or call 858-503-1758. For additional information on Prop. S, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 619-637-3607.
The building design currently exceeds qualification of the California High Performance School Initiative. LED lighting throughout the entire complex, and the use of local and recycled materials will make it both efficient and environmentally friendly. Design influences were drawn from the area, including the use of heavy timbers, open glass and the colors and textures of the surrounding area.
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Due to a new law that goes into effect in January, San Diego Unified School District is soliciting prequalification information from general contractors and subcontractors (with A, B and C-4, C-7, C-10, C-16, C-20, C-34, C-36, C-38, C-42, C-43 and C-46 licenses) wishing to submit bids to the district, or to a prime contractor bidding on district work. The new legislation (AB 1565) was passed and signed into law (California Public Contract Code Section 20111.6) affects contractors performing work on school construction projects awarded on/after Jan.1, 2014.
Contractors need to have approved prequalification packages on file with San Diego Unified before they bid on district projects of $1 million or more, regardless of the value of the prime and/or subcontractors’ work on the project.
Some of the projects to be awarded in 2014 will actually go out to bid this year, and prequalification will be required for these projects. Due to the volume of work associated with this process, it is important for general contractors and subcontractors to start now.
Don’t lock yourself out of opportunities, get prequalified now. For more information, or to get your prequalification package, contact Glenda Burbery, construction contracts assistant, at email@example.com or 858-522-5832.