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  • Grossmont Union High School District Spring Constructio

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 16, 2021

    Media Contacts:

    Collin McGlashen, Director, Public Affairs & Legislative Relations, cmcglashen@guhsd.net,  619.644.8082 (desk) or 619.248.7193 (cell) 

    Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, Facilities Management,  uleimbach@guhsd.net,  760.705.6919 (cell)

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    Grossmont Union High School District spring construction puts $36.4 million investment into East County schools

     

    Active projects include a new Black Box theater, upgrades to Physical Education facilities, and energy-saving lighting controls

     

     

    (EL CAJON, CA) -  New construction projects are springing up for East County schools, with numerous projects underway for new and modernized facilities within the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD).

     

    These active projects represent an approximately $36.4 million investment into new buildings, major modernizations, and facility upgrades across the District’s East County campuses. They are funded by Measure BB, a $128 million general obligation bond approved by voters in 2016, and Proposition U, a $417 million bond approved in 2008.

     

    “We're grateful to East County taxpayers because their investment has dramatically transformed our campuses,” said Theresa Kemper, Superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District. “Our state-of-the-art facilities rival those of collegiate campuses and allow us to provide a teaching and learning environment worthy of our students and staff.”

     

     “We’ve made a significant investment in modernizing heating, cooling, and ventilation systems at all campuses and this will serve us well as we continue to open our campuses further for more in-person instruction,” she added.  “Thanks to East County citizens' investment in our schools, our families can be confident that their child will be prepared for their best future because of our ability to provide students with a high-quality education in a safe, modern learning environment."

     

    The projects under construction include a new Black Box Theater at Granite Hills High School. The $6.9 million project includes the modernization of existing classrooms and practice space for the choral, band, and drama programs.  Construction is expected to be completed this fall.  The project was designed by Ruhnau Clarke Architects; Erickson-Hall is serving as the construction manager. View renderings.

     

    New and modernized physical education facility work is underway at Mount Miguel High School and Valhalla High School. 

     

    Construction of Mount Miguel’s new $9.3 million physical education facility began last November; it is scheduled for completion in spring of 2022. This facility will include approximately 15,000 square feet of Physical Education spaces;  boys and girls PE locker rooms, coaches' offices, equipment storage room, weight room, dance room, boys and girls team room and a training room. The project involved the demolition of the 60-year-old existing Physical Education spaces; the previous Gym remains and will get a new roof, HVAC, fire sprinklers, painting, and structural upgrades. It was designed by Ruhnau Clarke Architects; C.W. Driver serves as the construction manager.  View renderings.

     

    The Valhalla project involves the modernization of Physical Education facilities to include a new weight room, wrestling room, dance classrooms, locker rooms, band room, and band storage. Approximately 2,600 square feet of wood flooring from the original gym was sanded, resealed, and repurposed for the new band facilities and athletic storage area. The project also includes new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The $8 million project is expected to be completed early this summer. The modernization was designed by Ruhnau Clarke. C.W. Driver is serving as the construction manager. View gallery.

     

    Gymnasiums for El Cajon Valley, Grossmont, and West Hills high schools are being retrofitted with new HVAC systems as part of a $5 million project currently underway; the retrofits are scheduled to be completed before the fall semester.

     

    Other projects include a $200,000 lighting controls infrastructure upgrade across the district, adding to the district’s portfolio of energy savings initiatives.

     

    Contracts for the renovation of the science classroom building at West Hills and the main building of the Foothills Adult School were awarded at the April 15 Board of Trustees meeting. These two projects are planned for completion as part of a $7 million summer sprint effort before students return in the fall.

     

    Design work is underway for the modernization of the band and music classrooms at Santana High School, allowing for expansion of in-demand music programs. The band program, for example, has nearly quadrupled over recent years.

     

    Both Santana and Grossmont high schools also have designs underway for kitchen facility modernizations intended to improve functionality and allow all students to be served in a single lunch period.

     

    Some of the projects completed for this school year include:

    • The Grossmont High School Event Center is a new 26,670 gross square feet facility bringing together the performing arts programs – dance, choral, digital music, and drama – in a central location. The $23 million facility includes an auditorium with seating for 475 (including accessible seating), a Black Box theater, a scene shop, a green room, dressing rooms, ADA-compliant restrooms, and other support spaces. It was designed by Sprotte+Watson Architecture; Erickson-Hall Construction served as the construction manager. View gallery.

    • The new Student Services Building at El Capitan High School provided a major modernization of Buildings 300 and 400 to create a new home for Student Support Services. The $8 million project was designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED). C.W. Driver served as the construction manager. View Gallery (Photos by Mike Torrey Photography)

    • The Health Occupations Center (HOC), one of four Adult Education program sites for the District. The new buildings replaced 30-year-old structures and includes two phlebotomy labs, as well as pharmacy and dental labs, and new medical lab and classroom areas. The project was designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED); C. W. Driver served as the construction manager and Conan Construction served as the general contractor. View Gallery (Photos by Mike Torrey Photography)

    • The new Student Services Building at Santana High School. The $3 million renovation project provided for the updating and upgrading of nearly 7,000 square feet of space in the former Administration Building. The project included a complete reorganization of the interior spaces to support modern workflows and space requirements. Designed by Harley Ellis Devereaux (HED), the project includes a new front entry addition that signals the main arrival point to campus. Balfour Beatty was the construction manager; Grahovac Construction served as the general contractor.  View Gallery (Photos by Mike Torrey Photography)

    • The Administration Building at West Hills High School. The building underwent a much-needed upgrade to include all new flooring, paint, ceiling tiles, casework, blinds, and furniture. All the original low-slope roofs on campus were re-roofed as part of this project.

     

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    The modernization of classrooms in Building 160 at Granite HIlls High School will include construction of a new Black Box theater. View renderings.

     

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    The floor of the new band room at Valhalla High School is made up of wood from the old gymnasium that has been sanded and resealed. View gallery.

     

     

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    Construction of Mount Miguel's new Physical Education facility began last fall and is scheduled for completion next spring. View renderings.

     

    We are happy to arrange visits to any of the campuses. We are also happy to coordinate interviews, including with Spanish-speaking staff, at your convenience.

    • Collin McGlashen, Director, Public Affairs & Legislative Relations, cmcglashen@guhsd.net,  619.644.8082 (desk) or 619.248.7193 (cell) 

    • Ursula Kroemer Leimbach, Facilities Management,  uleimbach@guhsd.net,  760.705.6919 (cell)