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District: First phase of high schools renovation project finishing on schedule

The second phase of the five year, $58 million facilities renovation project for Los Altos and Mountain View high schools is scheduled to begin this June.

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District began accepting contractor's bids for renovation "B" and "C" projects at the Construction Overview Committee (COC) monthly meeting, March 3.

The COC is in charge of reviewing all work done on the project, including bid proposals.

Bob Golton, assistant superintendent of business services, said four contractors picked up bid documents after the meeting, but no one has made an offer yet.

He said the district expects to receive between five and nine bids, including one from Gonzalves and Stronck, the company hired to do the renovation "A" project last November.

Renovation "B" and "C" projects will include an estimated $2.5 million in improvements on building 300, east and west, at Los Altos and the 200 wing at Mountain View.

Renovations will include replacing old plumbing, roofing, heating and ventilation systems, ceiling tiles and floors.

Repair work for recently discovered termite damage has been added to the project's budget, Golton said.

The renovations "A" project on the 200 wing at Los Altos and the 100 wing at Mountain View began last November.

Golton said "unless there's another earthquake," the remodeling of these buildings will be completed on schedule. The completion date is March 28.

He said all serious heavy work, such as the roofing, plumbing and electrical wiring, have been completed.

Only touch ups, such as painting the exteriors and finishing some floor tiles, need to be finished, he said.

Golton said these renovations are just one step in an extensive project to renovate all existing classrooms at the two high schools.

He said these classrooms have never been renovated.

"When it's finished, it's going to look like new," Golton said. "The buildings will be very bright and good places to learn."

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