MVLA starts planning new classrooms

Rendering courtesy of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
Plans for construction at Los Altos High include new classroom buildings and a plaza between the pool (left of building pictured) and the existing fire lane (right of building). The classrooms will feature desks that can be easily rearranged for different lessons. The district plans to begin construction on the classrooms as well as classrooms at Mountain View High next spring.

Mountain View High and Los Altos High will start to look a bit different over the next few years, first with an influx of portable classrooms and construction equipment, then with shiny new classrooms and facilities.

Voters approved Measure E, the $295 million school facilities bond, in June, and the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is getting started with the first projects. The architect, from Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, and the project manager, from Kramer Project Development Co. Inc., presented an update to the MVLA Board of Trustees at its Oct. 15 meeting.

“We’re just under 1 percent complete with the project,” said Jeff Kramer of Kramer Project Development.

The seven-year construction project will include new classrooms, athletic field improvements, library modernization and new gymnasiums. But the first projects, apart from the temporary classrooms, will be building new classrooms at Mountain View High and Los Altos High and a new auxiliary gym at Los Altos High.

The district plans to start construction next spring and complete the projects in spring 2020.

Debra McGuire, the architect from Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, presented renderings that showed new classrooms with rolling chairs and desks.

“Each classroom can flexibly adapt to the program needs,” she said.

McGuire also discussed provisions to ensure the privacy of the neighbors surrounding each campus; frosted windows and carefully arranged balconies on the second-floor classrooms will keep students from being able to peek into residents’ backyards.

In designing the engineering labs at Mountain View High, McGuire arranged the noisy equipment to be installed on the side away from the neighbors, with a landscaping barrier between the building and the neighbors for added protection.

To oversee the spending of the bond funds, the board approved five appointments to the Measure E Citizens Oversight Committee and still seeks two members of the public who live within the district’s boundaries to serve on the committee.

The five members of the committee are Cleave Frink, Jr., James Martin, Mary Ng Dooley, Alan Cyron and Michelle Lee.

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