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Three Major Facility Projects Move Closer to Reality in Dublin Following Unanimous Board Votes

Three Major Facility Projects Move Closer to Reality in Dublin Following Unanimous Board Votes

Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building, Site Plan for Future High School, and Murray Elementary School Classroom Buildings Approved

Dublin, CA – June 27, 2019 – During the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting on June 25, 2019, three major facilities projects were approved. After public input, discussion, and debate, the Board unanimously agreed to approve the contract for the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building, as well as the site plan concept for the future comprehensive high school. The Board also unanimously approved the contract for a new building at Murray Elementary School. These projects will have a significant impact on the District's ability to provide a world-class education to future Dublin high school students and address the issues of a growing student base.

Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building Contract Awarded

During the June 25, 2019 Board meeting, the Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building project, which was previously approved and funded by the Board, cleared the final hurdle before groundbreaking. In a unanimous decision, the Board awarded the contract to Midstate Construction Corporation of Petaluma, CA. The project, with its Board-approved budget of $31.5 million dollars, will be funded with Measure E and Measure C monies ($30.5 million from Measure E and $1 million from Measure C). 

“Once complete, this new building will significantly increase the opportunity for students to participate in our STEM-based academies, provide our teachers and classified staff with exceptional facilities, and give our athletes the ability to train in a way that improves strength and performance while reducing injuries,” said Dr. Dave Marken, superintendent of the Dublin Unified School District. “Best of all, this is being done without the use of any Measure H funds. In the long run, once this building is complete and the future high school is open, portables will be removed from Dublin High School and we’ll see optimal utilization of the campus for the first time in years.”

The Dublin High School Engineering & Science Building is three stories containing approximately 47,000 square feet. The project scope will include 16 classroom spaces, and HUB (multi-use space) to support student learning. The first level will include five engineering classrooms, a weight room, maintenance room, support and infrastructure, and shop space. The second level will include three flexible science classrooms, HUB space, break-out space, and support and infrastructure. The final level will include four flexible science classrooms, three flexible science labs, break-out space, and support and infrastructure. Construction will begin this summer and is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2020-21 school year.

“Although it's taken longer than expected, I’m so happy we are finally moving forward with the Engineering & Science Building our community so graciously funded,” said Amy Miller, president of the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees. “To also reach a major milestone on the future high school project during the same meeting shows we are on the road to having two comprehensive high schools in Dublin that will be the envy of the Tri-Valley, while providing our students with the exceptional educational opportunities they deserve.”

Future Comprehensive High School Site Plan Concept Approved

Following multiple rounds of stakeholder input meetings, and design concept reviews, the District and design firm, SIM-PBK, presented a final site plan concept and educational program to the Board, which it unanimously approved during the June 25, 2019 meeting. 

In August 2017, the Board initially budgeted $100 million for Phase I of the future high school, which was designed to accommodate 1,000 students. This initial budget was later expanded to $135 million to include a gym, with all monies coming from Measure H.

The updated design, presented and approved by the board on June 25, incorporated many additional changes asked for in community stakeholder meetings, increasing Phase I student capacity to approximately 1,300 students at an estimated cost of $166.6 million. 

The District plans to make up the difference between the money allocated for Phase I and the estimated cost of the expanded project through various sources, including state reimbursement due from the construction of J.M. Amador Elementary School, existing developer fees, and developer fees received if the AT Dublin project is approved. The Amador reimbursement alone is expected to be approximately $28 million.

Phase II of the project will allow the site to house approximately 2,550 students at a total estimated cost (Phase I & II) of approximately $268.8 million. 

Phase I Project Details:

  • Student Capacity: Approximately 1,300
  • Estimated Cost: $166.6 million
  • Currently Allocated Funds: $135 million from Measure H
  • Additional Funding: Various sources, including state reimbursement due from the construction of J.M. Amador Elementary School, existing developer fees, and developer fees received if the AT Dublin project is approved.
  • Tower One (Two-Stories): Administration & Counseling, Two-Story Library, 125-seat Lecture Hall, Food Court, and Student Union Space
  • Tower Two (Three-Stories): 22 Standard Classrooms, four Chemistry Labs, four Flex Science Labs, Special Education, and two Electronic Arts Rooms
  • Gymnasium: 2,500 seats with three full basketball courts
  • Locker Room: Boys & Girls Locker Rooms, Team Rooms, and a Weight Room & Training Room
  • Visual and Performing Arts Classrooms:  Music, Dance, Art, Ceramics, and Video Production
  • All-Weather Track
  • Synthetic Football/Soccer Field
  • Field Lights
  • Eight Tennis Courts

Phase II Project Details

  • Student Capacity: Approximately 2,550
  • Estimated Cost (Phase I & II): $268.8 million
  • Funding: Funding for Phase II will require a future bond
  • Tower Three (Three-Stories): 27 Standard Classrooms, seven Science Labs, and four Engineering Labs
  • 820-seat Performing Arts Theater with Support Facilities
  • Aquatic Complex with 50-meter Competition Pool and Warm-Up Pool
  • Stadium Bleachers

A detailed history of the project with supporting documents may be accessed at http://bit.ly/DUSD-Future-HS-Updates

Murray Elementary School Building Contract Awarded

The Board awarded the new classroom contract for the Murray Elementary School new construction and modernization project to American Modular Systems, Inc. of Manteca, CA. The fifty-three-year-old Murray site is projected to see significant growth in the coming years and work is needed to meet this future demand and to provide safe, modern classrooms and facilities for students and staff. Phase I of the project includes two new wings, with 12 classrooms added to the site by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. Phase II will result in three additional classroom wings. The final phases of the project, not yet awarded, will include the construction of new administrative offices, a library, Multi-Purpose Room, and the demolition of older structures. The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2022. Funding for the Murray project comes entirely from Measure H. 

Purchase Agreement Approved for Additional Property Near District Office

In addition, the Board approved a purchase agreement for property located directly adjacent to the Dublin Unified School District offices. The land, owned by Easterseals Bay Area, is approximately 30,000 square feet and was purchased below market value for $900,000. Acquisition of this property will help the District address growth needs at its office on Larkdale Ave.

About the Dublin Unified School District

The Dublin Unified School District serves over 12,300 students, from preschool through adult education, in a diverse suburban environment. The district has 12 school sites, including seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one K-8, and two high schools. The Dublin Unified School District mission is to educate every student to become a lifelong learner by providing a safe and supportive environment that fosters collective responsibility for each student’s success. Dublin schools have been recognized with numerous accolades, including Advanced Placement Honor Roll, National Blue Ribbon School, Gold Ribbon Award, Project Lead The Way Distinguished School, California School of Character, National School of Character, California Distinguished School, and Title 1 Academic Achievement Award School.