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New high school facilities receive final touches: Ribbon-cutting scheduled Aug. 14


Courtesy of Matt Hannigan
A construction crew installs solar panels on new classrooms at Los Altos High.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is scheduled to open three new classroom buildings Aug. 14. Ribbon-cutting ceremonies are slated 8 a.m. at Los Altos High School and 9 a.m. at Mountain View High School.

The new buildings are part of the district’s Measure A construction program, approved by voters in 2010.

“We are so proud to add these beautiful new green classroom buildings to our schools,” said Judy Hannemann, district board president. “These buildings will meet our growth needs for the foreseeable future, allow us to consolidate departments and give us more flexibility to meet our education programs.”

The two-story Los Altos High building comprises 10 general-education classrooms and two art classrooms. Mountain View High boasts two new buildings – a three-classroom physical sciences building and a nine-classroom general-education wing.

Sugimura Finney Architects in Campbell designed the buildings, and Kramer Project Development Co. of San Jose managed construction.

“Our goal was to build the highest-quality buildings to a minimum LEED Silver certification level,” said Joe White, the district’s associate superintendent for business services. “Not only have we done that, but we are completing these buildings under budget. This allowed us to add solar panels on the roofs and dedicate more funds to our remaining Measure A energy projects.”

In addition to the solar panels, the green features of the buildings include energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems, high indoor air quality, sustainable finish materials, high levels of natural lighting and improved acoustics. The green landscaping includes low-water-use native vegetation and bio swales that return stormwater runoff to the aquifer.

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