On April 12, C.W. Driver completed construction on the Grossmont Union High School District’s new science building at Monte Vista High School in Spring Valley. Construction of the project was completed six weeks ahead of schedule and under budget. The state-of-the-art facility features two chemistry labs, two physics labs, four biology labs, one prep room, one chemical storage room, eight offices, student and faculty restrooms, and one data room.
The science building is a single-story, 15,900-square-foot building that qualifies for SDG&E Savings By Design program incentives. Features include: natural day lighting through a skylight in the prep room, and by clerestory and large windows in the lab classrooms; rain screen cladding system for a more healthy, breathable building; lofty ceiling height in physics labs for demonstrations and experiments; operable windows for fresh air; drought tolerant landscaping; cool roofing; critical laboratory safety features such as emergency eyewash/shower stations, proper ventilation in chemical storage rooms, fume hoods, safety cabinets, goggle storage, safety glass in windows and doors, and fume hood exhaust vents; and laboratory built-in casework capable of withstanding lab experiments.
The project’s construction value was $5.7 million and was part of the $274 million Proposition H bond passed by 62 percent of voters in 2004. The project team includes Scott Wilkins, facilities planner with GUHSD; James Maletic as the inspector of record for GUHSD; C.W. Driver as the lease-lease back entity, Harley Ellis Devereaux as the architect as well as the mechanical, plumbing and electrical engineers; Wisemen+Rohy Structural Engineers, Snipes-Dye Civil Engineers and Gafcon as the bond program manager.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the new facility is planned for the start of the new school year in the fall.
Submitted by C.W. Driver