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Crews officially began construction at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools this week, breaking ground on 24 new classrooms between the campuses.
The classroom additions are among the projects funded by the 2010 $41.3 million Measure A bond. Joe White, associate superintendent for business services, said the cost of constructing new classrooms, including classroom renovations, is approximately $18 million to $19 million.
“These buildings were not only designed to provide state-of-the-art classrooms, but will also be sustainable,” he said.
White said they are building to a minimum LEED Silver rating to “ensure our classrooms are energy efficient, comfortable and built with techniques that are sustainable to the environment.”
At Los Altos High, plans include a two-story building that will house nine general-education classrooms and three art rooms. White said the building would be located directly behind the current weight room, adjacent to the athletic fields.
Two single-story buildings will host Mountain View High’s new classrooms. A larger building will include a wing of nine general-education classrooms. A second building will comprise three science classrooms (an earth science and two physics rooms), including prep space for the science classes. The new row of classes will stand along Bryant Avenue next to the current Wing 100.
In addition to the new classroom buildings, the district plans to repurpose and renovate several existing classrooms.
The existing art classrooms at Los Altos High, replaced in the new buildings, will be repurposed to serve as chemistry and biology classroom space. The existing physics classrooms at Mountain View High, scheduled for replacement and updating in the new buildings, will be renovated as chemistry and biology classrooms.
The buildings, designed by Sugimura Finney Architects and managed by Kramer Project Development Co., are scheduled for completion in August 2013, in time for the expected sharp increase in enrollment. Renovations of classrooms will follow after the 2013-2014 school year begins.
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