Mountain View Voice

News - May 4, 2012

New classrooms coming at local high schools

by Nick Veronin

The local high school district is set to break ground next week on three classroom buildings, the largest of the Measure A bond projects passed in 2010. Twenty-four new classrooms will be spread among three buildings on the district's two main campuses in Mountain View and Los Altos — should be ready by fall 2013.

The Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District announced April 30 that it had finalized a deal with a general trades contractor to oversee the construction of the three classroom buildings — two at Mountain View High School and the other at Los Altos High School.

"It's great to have the largest component of the Measure A project ready to go," said Joe White, associate superintendent of business services with the district, who has been overseeing all Measure A expenditures. Work will begin May 7, and if all goes according to plan, will be finished right around the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Superintendent Barry Groves echoed White's enthusiasm. "We're really pleased that we're going to be starting," said Groves.

He said that the district expects significant growth over the next decade and that both schools will need more space to accommodate that increase.

At an estimated cost of $17.5 million, the project is the largest funded by the $41.3 million Measure A, which passed with 77 percent of the vote in June 2010. Previous projects have included installation of solar panels over the student parking lots at both high schools, as well as a new pool and weight room at Mountain View High School.

The plans call for 12 classrooms on each campus — nine standard classrooms and 3 laboratory classrooms, White said. The MVHS lab classrooms will be used for science, while the LAHS lab classrooms will be used for art.

Two single-story buildings will be constructed on the MVHS campus — one group of three labs and another group of standard classrooms. The buildings will line the northern edge of the campus and face Bryant Avenue.

All 12 classrooms on the LAHS campus will be contained within a two-story building, with three standard classrooms and three labs on the first floor, six standard classrooms on the second floor, and an open-air courtyard with benches in the center. The classrooms will be built in the middle of the campus, abutting the northeastern corner of the football field and the center field fence of the baseball diamond.

"These buildings were not only designed to provide state-of-the-art classrooms, but will also be sustainable," White said. "We are building to a minimum LEED Silver rating, which will ensure our classrooms are energy efficient, comfortable and built with techniques that are sustainable to the environment."

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