• Henry High breaks breaks ground on performing arts center and CCTE facility

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 4/9/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Henry HS groundbreaking ceremony Board President Kevin Beiser joined former board member Katherine Nakamura, Principal Listy Gilllingham and former principal, Pat Crowder, at the March 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Patrick Henry High Former principal Pat Crowder, right, and current principal Listy Gillingham  School's new performing arts center, a new College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE) Production Studios Program facility and a site modernization project.
     
    This project includes the construction of a 500-seat performing arts center (approx.16,000 square feet); and a CCTE Production Studios Program facility (approx. 8,100 square feet), which wraps around half of the theater. The project also includes an enclosed lobby area, ticket booth, student store and parking lot expansion.
     
    The theater can fully support musical and theatrical events. Some of the features are a 45-foot-high flight loft, a 20- foot-high proscenium and an orchestra pit. The theater will provide students direct access to professional performances through proposed joint use agreements with local private theater and orchestra groups.

     

    The CCTE Production Studios Program will provide education in two career pathways within the arts, media and entertainment industry sector: media and design arts, as well as production and managerial arts. The facility will include specialized workshop spaces in areas of fabrication design, audio visual, lighting, model and mixed media. This new facility will be located in the same building as the theater.
     
    The Site Modernization Project at Henry High will provide campus-wide improvements, and upgrades to several buildings including the gym building. The improvements include new campus-wide air conditioning, intercom system, electrical upgrades, security lighting, a new fire alarm system, Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades, and a new parking lot.
     
    The performing arts center and the CCTE facility are funded by Propositions S and Z. The district will receive matching funds from the state’s Prop. 1D for the CCTE facility. Construction of the performing arts center/production studios is expected to be completed by fall of 2015, followed by the school site modernization by spring of 2016.
     
    For more details on the project, click Henry High School and scroll down to "Project Schedules." For more details on CCTE and its programs, visit www.sandi.net/CCTE or call 858-503-1758. For further information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.
     
     
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  • Kearny High breaks ground on new stadium and baseball field

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 3/27/2014 9:15:00 AM

    Kearny HS groundbreaking San Diego Unified School District’s Kearny High School is beginning a major renovation project on its stadium, track and baseball field. Despite the rain, students, parents, alumni, community members and staff celebrated the start of construction with a groundbreaking ceremony on Feb. 27.

    The school's Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Color Guard presented the colors. The cadets--Savannah Edwards, Naydi Hernandez, Brett Meyer and Martha Valles--were led by Col. (Ret.) Tim Swann. Petra-Eyad Haddadin, Kearny High sophomore, sang the National Anthem.  Principals Cheryl Hibbeln and Ana Diaz-Booz emceed the program that included student speakers Ali Ghoulam, Kearny HS senior and Associated Student Body president; David Moa, senior, football [layer and varsity boys basketball team captain; Katie Truong, senior in the Kearny Construction Program. The school's cheerleaders and alumni from various years were on hand to lend their support to the event.
     
    This nearly $13 million project is funded by San Diego Unified School District’s Propositions S and Z, the general obligation bond measures approved by voters in 2008 and 2012, respectively. The project includes swapping the locations of the football stadium and the baseball field to allow for proper orientation of the stadium, as well as expansion of stadium facilities. In addition to rebuilding the football stadium (where the baseball field was), the district will also construct a new baseball field (where the stadium was), install a new synthetic turf field and all-weather track; as well as, improve the grading, drainage and irrigation systems. This project also involves making improvements that are needed in order to comply with the American’s with Disabilities Act.
     
    Construction is scheduled to be complete during spring 2015. For more details on the project, click Kearny High School and scroll down to "Project Schedules." For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 619-546-3378.
     
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  • Thomas Jefferson Elementary School gets a facelift

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 3/12/2014 11:00:00 AM

    Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Jefferson ES Students, parents and district leaders joined Principal Francisco Morga at the dedication ceremony celebrating the renovations to the front of Jefferson Elementary School. 

    The school's frontage project provided enhancements to site security and the entrance to the campus.The improvements included a new structure covering the entry, which is constructed of steel tubes with a translucent panel system. New three-dimensional letters for the school site name made of stainless steel were installed atop the radial beam with back lighting at the new entrance. Approximately 1,750 square feet of new concrete that was installed to create an accessible entrance.
     

    In addition, 225 linear feet of new galvanized ornamental fence was installed with 26 black anodized aluminum silhouettes "moving" in the direction of the new entryway. Four new double gates and one single gate were also installed. The district added 2,000 square feet of new sod, drought-tolerant plants and new palm trees at the entrance as well.

    For photos and more details on the project, click here.  For more information on the Propositions S & Z program, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net, or call 619-858-637-3607.
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  • SDHS students visit Salk ES construction site

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 3/5/2014 11:45:00 AM

    Tour of Salk ES construction site San Diego High School students interested in engineering and construction got a first-hand look at the early stages of construction during a Feb. 10 tour of the new Jonas Salk Elementary School.  Among those participating in the tour, there was Katharine Carl, engineering teacher at San Diego High's School of Science & Technology; and two of her ninth-grade students--Jasmine Padilla and Suzie San Filippo.
     
    Bob Thompson, vice president of Soltek Pacific lead the tour.  He and other industry professionals gave the young women an idea of what construction teams do on a day-to-day basis.  The students participate in the S.P.A.C.E. (Supporting Pathways to Architecture, Construction and Engineering) program, which is sponsored by Women’s Construction Coalition (WCC) . Through the S.P.A.C.E program, WCC encourages young women and men to choose careers in architecture, construction and engineering.
     
    Construction began on the new Jonas Salk Elementary School at 8725 Flanders Drive (Mira Mesa) in August.  The school will open in fall 2015. The construction of the new multistory elementary school will include classroom space for up to 700 students (kindergarten through fifth-grade), as well as classroom space for children with special needs, administrative offices, a multi-use auditorium and library. Every classroom, office and educational space will have state-of-the-art technology.
     
    The project also includes a full-service kitchen, on-site parking, hard scape playground, and a solar panel array to reduce power consumption from the San Diego Gas & Electric grid. In addition, a joint-use grass area will be constructed on site by the City of San Diego.  The intersection at Parkdale Avenue and Flanders Drive will be widen as well.
     
    To learn more about the S.P.A.C.E. program visit www.wccsd.org/space. For more details on the new Salk Elementary School construction project, please click here or e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604.  Media inquiries should be directed  to Cynthia Reed-Porter at creed-porter@sandi.net or 858-637-3607.   
     
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  • Mission Bay High breaks ground on new stadium

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 2/26/2014 12:50:00 PM

    Mission Bay HS groundbreaking 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.
     
    This nearly $12.5 million construction project is funded by San Diego Unified School District’s Proposition Z, the general obligation bond measure approved by voters in 2012. The project includes the following upgrades.

     

    Football Stadium:
    • Existing football field and track replaced with new synthetic turf field and all-weather track
    • New accessible bleachers,1,600-seating capacity on the home side and 800-seating capacity on the visitors’ side
    • A new press box with elevator for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility
    • A new athletic facilities building (approx. 3,648 square feet)  that includes an accessible ticket booth, restrooms and concession stand for home and visitors, and storage area for athletic equipment.w football stadium lighting and sound system
    • A new scoreboard and goal posts
    • A new an athletic equipment storage facilities (approx. 2,160 square feet)
    • New home and visitor entrance gates
    Softball Field:
    • Existing softball field relocated and re-constructed with new synthetic turf
    • New ADA accessible dugouts, bleachers, concession stand and announcer’s booth
    • New backstop, fencing and scoreboard
    Baseball Field:
    • New ADA accessible bleachers, announcer’s booth and concession stand
    Construction is scheduled to be completed during spring 2015. For more details on the project, click Mission Bay High School
    and scroll down to "Project Schedules."  For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604.Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, communications supervisor, at creed-porter@sandi.net or 858-637-3607. 
     
     
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  • Hamilton Elementary School begins modernization project

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 1/22/2014 9:25:00 AM
    Grading at Hamilton Elementary School Construction recently began on the Hamilton Elementary School Whole Site Modernization Project. The project includes replacing old portable classrooms with a new permanent four-classroom building,installing air conditioning in every classroom, providing campus-wide security lighting, and installing fencing to reduce vandalism and intrusion;restoring the original school entrance, while enhancing security and esthetics; renovating existing restrooms and improving accessibility to all classrooms, labs, restrooms and other school facilities to comply with regulations; upgrading the multipurpose room, performing electrical upgrades, repairing hard scape areas, and repairing building finishes;and expanding parking at the southeast corner off Olive Street.
     
    The first phase of construction includes a new parking lot at the east side of school site, followed by the new classroom building and construction of right-of-way improvements at Olive Street. Construction is expected to be completed during winter 2014.
     
    For more information on the projects at Hamilton Elementary, click Hamilton Elementary School. You may also e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604.
     
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  • San Diego State students get first-hand look at construction

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 1/10/2014 12:10:00 PM

    SDSU student talk with CATS rep 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.”

    MTM is one of the many schools currently being improved through the district's capital improvement program. This classroom building project is a nearly $12 million investment into MTM and the Chollas View Community. The project includes a permanent three-story, 16-classroom building with four science classrooms, a broadcast technology classroom, and boys' and girls' lockers and restrooms.  The permanent, energy-efficient building replaces temporary classrooms on the school site. 
     

    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.

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  • Kearny High students visit CPMA construction

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 12/11/2013 11:10:00 AM
    Student journalists ar press conference Young journalists from Construction Tech Academy(CTA) at Kearny High School participated in a press conference and tour marking the final phase of campus renovations and construction of a new state-of-the-art performing arts center at the Creative Performing and Media Arts Middle School (CPMA) in Clairemont. The journalism students in Jessica Frichtel's ninth-grade English/journalism class are competing as freelance writers to have their articles on the construction at CPMA featured in the January edition of Contractor News and Views, a construction industry publication.
     
    Construction News and View and the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of San Diego have supported construction academy since its inception. Students received mentoring from journalists that work for Contractor News and Views so that their article, which will be viewed by over 20,000 subscribers, is high quality. The AGC Training Facility picked up the tab for the bus so that 51 students could attend the press conference and tour the job site.
     
    During the press conference, students heard from Scott Thomason, principal of CPMA; Lee Dulgeroff, the school district's executive director of Facilities Planning and Construction; Rick Morazavi, the district's construction manager for the project; Jeff Almodovar the project superintendent for Triton Structural; and Rebecca Grijalva, the lead architect for the new Performing Arts Center at CPMA.

    After the press conference, students toured the middle school to see the work that’s being done under Propositions S and Z. A new performing arts center is being constructed on the east side of the middle school campus (former Kroc MS). The new 20,600-square-feet facility will feature the following amenities:
    • 400-seat theatre
    • Two music classrooms
    • Scene shop
    • Green room
    • Restrooms
    • Control and ticket booths
    • Support and storage spaces
    The performing arts center is being done in conjunction with the school's whole-site modernization,which includes remodeling the food service facilities to include a new serving area and kiosk, remodeling the auditorium, renovating shower/locker areas, installing a new security fence and improving landscaping along the street in front of the school, and making improvements needed to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and current building codes. There will also be heating/air conditioning/ventilation upgrades, lighting improvements, technology upgrades. Construction is expected to be completed in July 2014.
    For more details on bond projects at CPMA, visit https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages. For information on Propositions S and Z, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 858-637-3604. Media inquiries should be directed to Cynthia Reed-Porter, facilities communications supervisor, at 619-546-3378.
     
     
     
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  • Encanto Elementary dedicates new classroom building

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 12/4/2013 9:25:00 AM

     

    Encanto ES ribbon cutting Marne Foster, Board of Education trustee and Encanto Elementary School alumnus, Debra Baker,  Encanto ES principal; and Lee Dulgeroff, executive director of the district's Facilities Planning and Construction division, joined students, parents, community members, school partners, project partners, and other alumni to celebrate the Nov. 15 dedication of the school's new two-story classroom building.  

     

    This classroom project included the addition of a new 16,768-square-foot, two-story classroom building on the Encanto campus. The new Building 100 includes 12 classrooms, one multipurpose (art/science) classroom, a Special Education room, an elevator and sky bridge connecting to Building 200, plus educational support rooms for grades three through five. The project also included a new ramp to the playground from the new building and code- compliant upgrades to the railings on the upper levels of the buildings 200 and 300, as well as electrical upgrades.

     

    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.

     

    For more details on bond projects at Encanto Elementary School, visit https://fpcprojects.sandi.net/Pages/default.aspx. For information on Prop. S, visit www.sandi.net/Facilities, e-mail SDUSDFacilitiesInfo@sandi.net or call 619-637-3604. 
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  • District dedicates computerized graphic production facility

    Posted by Cynthia Reed-Porter at 11/20/2013 10:30:00 AM
    Mira Mesa High student checking the screen printing equipment Our school district dedicated it's newest College Career & Technical Education (CCTE) facility last week. The new state-of-the-art facility at Mira Mesa High School houses the CCTE' Computerized Graphic Production Program, which provides career and technical education in graphic production technologies for the manufacturing and product development industry.
      

    The Computerized Graphic Production Program provides the following sequence of technical education courses in this career pathway:

    • Photography (grade 9): This course provides instruction in all of the processes involved in taking various kinds of photographs and producing finished prints. This course meets UC “f” subject-area credit.
    •  Graphic Communications Technology (grade 10): This course provides broad experiences in the areas of color and black-and-white photography, digital photography, screen process printing, offset lithography and finishing procedures.
    • Computerized Graphic Design (grade 11): This course provides entry- and intermediate-level training in computerized graphic design including basic computer operations, employing page-layout, illustration and photo-manipulation software; use of peripherals, including scanners and plotters, and file-management integration. This course is eligible for community college credit. This course meets UC “g” subject-area credit.
    • Screen Printing (grade 12): This course provides entry-level training in screen-process printing. Instruction covers job layout, copy camera use, stencil making and screen-process printing. Students participate in on- or off-campus internships. This course meets UC “f” subject-area credit.

    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.

     

     
     
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