CHS science building taking shape
Published: March 29, 2013
THE 6,000-SQUARE-FOOT fan-shaped science
building being constructed on the formerly vacant upper field at
Carmel High School should be ready for classes by mid-October,
according to Carmel Unified School District chief business
official Rick Blanckmeister.
“It all depends on the weather,” he said last week.
The new structure will contain three classrooms, each one half
lab and half with desks and a whiteboard — a setup that will
enable students and teachers to move between the two settings
without a lot of downtime in between.
One end of each of the three rooms will connect with a “prep
room for teachers to be preparing coursework and chemicals,” he
Kent Construction is doing the work and has 260 days to
complete the job, according to the district’s agreement with the
contractor. The project is costing taxpayers $2.3 million, as
well as $475,000 to reconfigure and improve the adjacent parking
lot, according to Blanckmeister.
“The parking lot right at that area is going to expand and
accommodate another 40 spots,” he said. “That was a critical
Admin building next
As soon as the science building is ready for use, workers in
the school’s administration building will relocate there while
the structure is demolished and rebuilt, he said. Originally,
the district had planned to remodel the admin building, which is
located at the front of the campus between the theater and the
library, and includes the principal’s and vice principal’s
offices, student store, counselors’ offices, teachers’ break
room, attendance office and visitor check-in. But upon further
investigation, it made more sense to tear it down and begin
anew, according to Blanckmeister.
“The goal is to have the design finished and approved by the
end of this calendar year, so that early next year, construction
could begin so it would be occupied by the fall 2014,” he said.
NTD Architecture has been contracted to do the design, and Kent
Construction will build it.