In an effort to increase operational efficiencies, the Solana Beach School District (SBSD) is making improvements to its Warehouse, Maintenance and Operations, and Child Nutrition Services locations (Buildings H and I) at the District Office (DO). Both the buildings are located at the back of the campus, along North Cedros Avenue adjacent to the playing field.
This is a capital outlay project that has been in the works since 2019. It has an approximate budget of $1.5 million, funded by a combination of district revenue sources earmarked for facilities improvements, and no Measure JJ monies. SBSD contracted with HMC Architects for pre-design and assessment services and conceptual plans. As part of the overall project, contracts were also awarded to general contractor Gem Industrial Inc.; Kronos Painting Inc.; and, Preman Roofing-Solar, to replace Building I’s 32-year-old roof.
In April 2020, following the completion of a structural assessment of the site, district staff, with representatives from Capital Programs, M&O, Child Development Center (CDC), and CNS, met with HMC Architects to review and discuss planning and design for the DO site modification plans for Building H and Building I. District staff and HMC Architects also held meetings regarding the pending improvements with the City of Solana Beach engineering staff. Updates on the DO site conceptual modification plans, including initial building layout, building facade, and stakeholder engagement have also been provided.
Ground broke on the project in late 2021. When complete, the reimagined Building H will house offices and open work space, a staff lounge, restrooms, dry storage, book storage, and a new walk-in cooler and walk-in freezer. The work on the Warehouse is expected to be completed by mid-July 2022. Staff are anticipated to move into the new space in September 2022, pending upgrades along Cedros Avenue that must first be completed by San Diego Gas and Electric.
When the project is finished, Building I will be used solely for storage. The project is on target to close out before the end of 2022.