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Multi-phase project will include new state-of-the-art Student Services Building, Event Center, and Food Services Building

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) — A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday, September 14 at 9 a.m. to mark construction of El Cajon Valley High School’s new Student Services and Event Center complex. (View a preliminary animation of the project design here.)

The project was funded by Proposition U and Measure BB, the new project is the latest phase of El Cajon Valley’s comprehensive master plan, focusing on enhancing the campus’ teaching and learning environments, and creating multi-functional spaces to promote student and community engagement.  

The $26 million project – a phased, multiple-prime delivery – will include:

  •  A new 12,000 square feet Student Services building centralizing student support services, and creating a spacious, modern, and welcoming front office presence
  • A new 17,000 square feet Events Center
  • A new 4,300-square feet Food Services building
  • Conversion of space for staff restrooms
  •  Approximately five acres of site work and landscaping 

The project will include a number of ‘green’ features, including:

  •  Extensive energy-efficiencies resulting from extensive data analysis and design collaboration
  •   High-efficiency plumbing and fixtures
  • Drought-tolerant landscape
  •  Locally-sourced, durable, and low VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials
  • Maximized use of natural daylighting
  • Windows with dual-pane, low-E (low emissivity) glass that minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through, without compromising the transmission of quality, more healthy light

The first phase of the project – construction of the Food Services building – is expected to be complete by April 2019.  The completion of the entire project is slated for June 2020.

Project partners:

  •   Architect: Sprotte Watson Architecture and Planning
  • Construction Manager: Balfour Beatty Construction (multiple prime CM) 
  •  Electrical Engineer:  Turpin and Rattan
  • Structural Engineer: Wiseman + Rohy Structural Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: George Mercer Associates
  • Civil Engineer:  Cherry Engineering
  • Mechanical, Plumbing, Fire Sprinkler: Pocock Design Solutions
  • Food Service: Orness Design Group
  • Geotechnical and Testing: Leighton Consulting
  • Environmental: Group Delta
  • Acoustics and Theater:  Idibri

About El Cajon Valley High School

El Cajon Valley High School, established in 1955, was the third high school to be built in the Grossmont Union High School District.  Home of the Braves, the school is home to approximately 1,700 students.  The school offers a rigorous academic program with extensive honors and Advanced Placement course offerings, and a well-established Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program. El Cajon Valley’s highly-acclaimed Career Technical Education (CTE) pathways include career exploration programs in Welding, Restaurant Hospitality, Biotechnology, Teaching and Learning, and Arts, Media and Entertainment (AME). An on-campus Family Resource Center promotes the integration of school, home, and family support services to increase student success.

About the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD)

Established in 1920, the GUHSD encompasses an area of approximately 465 square miles, including the cities of El Cajon, Santee and Lemon Grove, most of the city of La Mesa, a small portion of the city of San Diego, and the unincorporated areas of Alpine, Dulzura, Jamul, Lakeside and Spring Valley. Over 21,000 students are served by the district’s schools which include nine comprehensive high schools, two charter schools, one continuation high school, two alternative education sites, four special education facilities, a middle college high school program, a Career Technical Education (CTE) and an adult education program. The district employs 2,300 full-time employees, as well as hundreds of hourly employees, making it one of the largest employers in the East County. Learn more at www.guhsd.net.   

About Measure BB and Proposition U

Measure BB, a $128 million general obligation bond approved by East County voters in 2016, is in place to upgrade GUHSD high school classrooms/labs/facilities; repair aging roofs,plumbing/electrical systems; modernize technology infrastructure; improve student safety/security; replace deteriorated portables; construct new school facilities to accommodate growth; and renovate career-training facilities for instruction in science, technology, engineering, math and skilled trades. Proposition U, a $417 million general obligation bond passed in November 2008, substantially completes the modernization of all district schools, providing classrooms and equipment for Career Technical Education, and multi-purpose facilities.  Learn more at http://proph.build-guhsd.com/Pages/GUHSDhome.aspx.


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