Dublin High School's new engineering and science building broke ground last week at a ceremony on campus marking the start of the long-awaited $31.5 million project.
Scheduled to open in the 2020-21 school year, the new building will provide students an additional 47,000 square feet of classroom and lab space equipped with state-of-the-art technology to help deepen their STEM learning experience.
"Once completed, our new engineering and science building will help us maintain the level of excellence in STEM disciplines we have become known for, while expanding opportunities for students and staff to succeed," said Dave Marken, DUSD superintendent.
The planned structure will be comprised of three levels with a total of 16 classrooms.
Five engineering rooms, a weight room, maintenance room and shop space will be on the ground level while the second floor will have a multi-use HUB space, three flexible science classrooms plus break-out space. Four more flexible science classrooms, three flexible science labs and break-out space will make up the final level.
"Our students, staff, athletes, and coaches deserve world-class facilities that will allow them to push their limits and maximize their potential," principal Maureen Byrne said. "We are thrilled to be able to train our athletes in a way that improves strength and performance while reducing injuries and to expand our ability to support the growing interest in STEM education."
The project reached a critical milestone in late June when the DUSD Board of Trustees unanimously awarded a construction contract to Petaluma-based Midstate Construction Corp. Construction is funded with $30.5 million from Measure E and $1 million from Measure C.
"Dublin residents have shown their willingness to invest in their schools," Board President Amy Miller said. "The Dublin High School engineering and science building is one of the investments they have made and one I believe will deliver an exceptional return on investment for students, staff, and the community."
Byrne, Dublin High staff and Dublin Unified School District administrators attended the Aug. 1 groundbreaking ceremony, which also included representatives from the Dublin Teachers Association and DHS Associated Student Body.
Construction is scheduled to end by the start of the 2020-21 school year. Portables will be removed from campus once the science and engineering building is finished and the first phase of the future new high school is open in about three years.
Parking and drop-off and loading zones in the school parking lot on Brighton Avenue will be impacted during construction. About 60 parking spots near the construction zone will be out-of-use, leaving around 255 spaces for vehicles.