On Thursday, August 14, the Mountain View Los Altos (MVLA) High School District held two ribbon-cutting ceremonies to officially open new classroom buildings at both campuses. Board President Judy Hannemann and Superintendent Barry Groves presided over the festivities. The early morning events at 8am and 9am drew light crowds of visitors, project participants and students. Mountain View mayor John Inks attended the Mountain View campus ceremony.
The ceremonies were in preparation for the August 19 first day of classes and arrival of 3,800 students, including 1000 members of the Class of 2017. The projects at the MVLA High Schools were funded by the voter approved District Measure A Construction Program bond which passed in June 2010.
The MVLA High Schools both have new buildings
At the Los Altos High School campus (LAHS) the project consists of adding 12 general education and art classrooms in a striking new two-story building and renovating the existing art classrooms into science classrooms in the existing building nextdoor. On the day of the ribbon-cutting a few parts were still on order – mainly some exterior siding, stair railings and the elevator. But the building inspector was able to certify the project for occupancy, and it was fully furnished and equipped for the first day of school.
At Mountain View High School campus (MVHS) the project consists of adding nine general education and three physical science classrooms in two new one-story buildings plus upgrading two physical science classrooms into biology classrooms in the existing science building.
Seeking U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certification, the new buildings feature high efficiency lighting and mechanical systems, superior natural lighting, superior acoustics, sustainable building products, native landscaping, and bio swales to control storm runoff as well as solar panels on roofs. The projects were designed by Sugimura Finney Architects (Project Architect Linda Mao). The construction was managed by Kramer Project Development Co. Inc.
The Citizens Oversight Committee worked closely with the District throughout the planning, environmental impact report and construction phases to ensure that the District’s performance on the bond program is in line with the purposes specified in the ballot language. The construction began in May 2012 and is scheduled to be completed on time and within budget.
Story and photos by Observer Alternates – Sue Graham and Norma Schroder
For more info see “MVLA Opens 24 New Classrooms” on the MVLA School District website – www.mvla.net.
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