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Rudolph and Sletten, Inc. announced Wednesday that it has been selected as the general contractor for the expansion of the Francis Parker School in San Diego.

Five new buildings will be part of this $22 million project that includes facilities for the arts and music department, administration offices, a lecture building and a maintenance building.

HR Weatherford is serving as the construction manager and the firm hired to design the project is Lake/Flato Architects, Inc.

The new buildings will be tilt-up structures that feature panel construction with inlaid ornamental glass strips. The facades will showcase Brazilian redwood paneling that creates a distinct architectural contrast.

Construction of the 53,000 square foot project has recently begun and is expected to be completed by October 2009.

Rudolph and Sletten, HR Weatherford and Lake/Flato have all worked on the school campus before and have previously completed two projects at Francis Parker including a new science building, four new upper school classroom structure, a new commons facility, a new library and two new middle school classroom buildings.

“Everyone on the team is excited to move into the next phase of the Francis Parker School to create a functional, unique product that we can all be proud of,” said Michael Conroy, project executive for Rudolph and Sletten, in a statement.

Conroy also mentioned that the biggest challenge will be coordinating the installation of new underground utilities while maintaining service to the existing campus and managing the new construction with minimal impact to the students and faculty.

Francis Parker is an independent day school for students from kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Rudolph and Sletten’s experience in the educational market ranges from construction of public and private schools to buildings on community and university college campuses.

Other private schools that this general contractor has recently constructed include the Bishop’s School in San Diego, Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View and Tarbut V’Torah Community Day School in Irvine.

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