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 Projects Funded by Proposition H, Proposition U School Bonds

El Cajon, Calif. (May 11, 2011) – Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) announced today that it has awarded several new construction contracts, valued at over $50 million. Many of the projects are now underway at campuses throughout the district as part of the Prop H and Prop U bond programs. In the months ahead, the district projects it will award another $38 million in work.


At Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, a new 21-classroom complex, valued at $11.3 million, is being constructed to replace outdated relocatable buildings, some dating back to the World War II era. As part of the District’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program, the new state-of-the-art complex will house classrooms designed to support the campus’ medical and health sciences pathway; arts, media and entertainment pathway; and culinary arts pathway. The project also includes a new quad for students and instruction.


Also coming up at Granite Hills is the construction of a new 50-meter pool, the first on-site pool for the school. A total of three new aquatic centers, valued at about $11 million, are planned in the district beginning this summer, including new 25-meter pools at Steele Canyon and West Hills High Schools.


At Grossmont High School in La Mesa, a new 6,200-square-foot child development center is underway. With a construction cost of $2.7 million, the project is slated for completion and occupancy in October. Also at Grossmont, the Division of the State Architect (DSA) is expected to soon approve plans for a new 23-classroom humanities building, with a construction budget of about $10 million. Construction will begin in the fall for occupancy in the winter of 2012/2013.


At Helix Charter High School in La Mesa, modernization is underway for the 400 and 500 classroom buildings, with completions slated for August and October respectively. The projects are valued at $5 million. This summer, initial infrastructure upgrades will be completed in order for the construction of a new performing arts center (PAC), now in the design stage, to begin in August. The PAC will include a 425-seat auditorium with classrooms and a black box theater. Occupancy is expected in the winter of 2012/2013.


Modernization and expansion work is underway for building 600 at El Cajon Valley High School, which includes a new CTE welding shop, special education module, classroom and staff work rooms. Reconfiguration projects for buildings 700 and 400 are in DSA now, with construction expected to start as building 600 wraps up at the end of 2011.


At El Capitan High School in Lakeside, a modernization project is now underway to bring a total of 14 classrooms up to new district standards. Buildings 1100 and 1200 will be completed by June, when work will begin on building 900. A new energy-efficient chiller is also being installed to replace a 50-year-old system. The total construction cost of these projects is $4.2 million.


Also at El Capitan, work will begin in June to upgrade facilities for the school’s large agriculture CTE program, including a new building with three classrooms, a new animal husbandry barn, horticultural green house and farm equipment machine shop. The facility will be returned to the school in phases in the fall.


At Monte Vista High School, bidding for phase one of work is underway now, with construction starting at the conclusion of the school year in June. The scope of this work includes the modernization of four classroom buildings, addition of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant facilities and the replacement of an aging and inefficient chiller/boiler system for the school.


At Mount Miguel High School in Spring Valley, buildings 500 and 600 are being modernized, including three art classrooms and three special education classrooms. Audio/visual and technology upgrades, hardscape replacement and electrical updates are also underway. With a total construction cost of $2.4 million, the project will be completed in mid-August.  


At Santana High School in Santee, modernization is set to begin for classroom building 200 and the campus library. Work will also begin on a Title 9 project that includes construction of an announcer’s booth and concession stand at the girls’ softball field and associated ADA upgrades, including a new restroom building on the accessible pathway. A new energy-efficient chiller will be installed to replace a worn-out system. Construction will be completed in late-August with a construction cost of $3.4 million.


Finally, site preparation and soils removal continues for the new high school in Alpine. Plans for grading of the site are being developed and will be submitted to the DSA in the coming months.


More information about the construction programs is available on the Prop H and Pro U website as well as theCitizens Bond Oversight Committee web site.



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