Inclement weather over the past few weeks has brought construction on the new engineering and science building at Dublin High School to a momentary halt, according to Dublin Unified School District.
“Due to unforeseen issues with underground utilities on the Engineering & Science Building site, complicated by recent rains, the opening of the building has been pushed back to the middle of the 2020-2021 school year,” officials said in a statement last month.
The new 47,000 square-foot structure is being built adjacent to the DHS sports complex on the west side, where it will replace the current maintenance shop and weight room. Three temporary science classrooms and six portable classrooms are currently housing students on-site during construction.
A total of 15 new engineering and science classrooms, shop space, HUB/academic support space and break-out areas will be built. A new parking lot addition with approximately 200 parking spaces will also be added at the former Dublin Swim Center site as part of the project.
Things are getting back on track, though; the building pad “has been lime-treated and certified for the building foundation, and the winterized footings are being excavated,” DUSD stated. The footings will be poured some time this month and the first floor concrete slab will “immediately follow with steel erection starting at the end of March.”
The new building was originally set to open later this year; instead, it will now open for the second semester of the 2020-21 school year. Revenue from Measure C and E is funding the $31.5 million project.