A year after the authorization of a $60 million general obligation school bond, new construction and improvements at Lincoln High School are scheduled to begin next summer.
At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, trustees heard a presentation from Steve Newsom, associate and managing director of LPA, Inc. design architects.
The architectural firm, with offices in Sacramento, was hired by the Western Placer Unified School District to provide design and engineering services for a $10 million improvement project at Lincoln High School, according to a Nov. 3 report prepared by Mike Adell, the Western Placer Unified School District’s facilities director.
Adell stated in the report that the high school “modernization project” will provide additional classrooms and improvements to technology, athletic facilities and the school’s outdoor quadrangle - the large open area surrounded by buildings where students gather.
“We need to add classroom capacity and increase and improve the space around the existing quad,” Adell said Friday.
As part of the project design strategy, the architectural firm sought input from Lincoln High School administration, leadership, teachers, support staff, and maintenance and operations staff, Adell said.
Phase One of the improvement project will include a $3 million one-story classroom facility.
The 7,600 square foot building will be the “meat and potatoes” of the $10 million improvement project, according to Adell.
The building will consist of five standard classrooms, a computer laboratory, counselors’ offices and restroom facilities. It will be located at the front of the high school campus, off J Street, and is targeted for completion in June 2017, he said.
Exterior projects will include upgrading turf and track ($1.2 million), enhancing the quadrangle area and relocating 10 portable classrooms ($1.65 million), building a luncheon area shelter and covered walkways ($500,000), and upgrading classroom technology ($500,000), according to Adell.
Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said the district was “excited that the community supported Lincoln High School through Measure A.”
The school currently has 1,735 enrolled students with a total capacity for 2,000, according to district reports.
Leaman said the district authored an expansion plan for Lincoln High School more than five years ago, anticipating the school’s population growth.
“Seeing some of those plans become a reality is exciting. Many steps and approvals were needed to start the work,” Leaman said, “but the community should see construction begin next summer when school is out.”
Phase One of the improvement project that includes the new classroom facility is targeted for completion in fall 2017, Adell said.