SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

 

CONTACT:  Lucy Fairweather                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 70386                                   07 FEB 2013

 

 

SMMUSD CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT MILESTONE IN SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY BUILDING PROJECT

 

Santa Monica, CA – A Topping Out Ceremony – an event to celebrate the completion of the structural steel framing of the building – will take place at Santa Monica High School (Samohi) on Monday, February 11 at 4:00PM.  This ceremony will memorialize a significant milestone of the $55M Science and Technology Building and Site Improvements Project that began in December 2011.

 

The event will include an overview of notable accomplishments of the four-month structural steel erection process and brief speeches by Measure BB Advisory Committee Member, Judith Meister and Director of Facility Improvement Projects, Stuart A. Sam.  An award ceremony will also take place to acknowledge various team members who make the project possible.  District staff will attend to help celebrate the event, including the Superintendent, Sandra Lyon, Board of Education members, and School Principal, Laurel Fretz.

 

The Associated Student Body (ASB) president, Samohi Solar Alliance, and yearbook and newspaper student staff members will attend to interview guests and photograph the project and event.  Documenting the project and event will give the student body, parents, and faculty an inside look at the project for years to come.

 

Over the course of the four-month installation, 836 tons of structural steel was installed.  Of that amount 209 tons, or 25%, was derived from recycled content, which saved 313.5 tons of iron ore, 104.5 tons of coal, and 13,083,400 gallons of water.  Utilizing this valuable recycled material is just one way the District is working towards providing a more sustainable campus.

 

“We are excited to commemorate this important milestone in the Samohi construction project and to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments we have made through our efforts of building a sustainable campus,” said Sam.

 

The construction of the Science and Technology Building at Samohi is the largest project in the Measure BB program, which includes fifteen science labs, eighteen classrooms, a computer lab, two special education classrooms, auto shop, and I-house administrative offices. Outdoor improvements include the reconfiguration of the north parking lot and a 125-space bicycle parking area.  The softball field will be relocated adjacent to the new building.  A new main campus entrance will be constructed at Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue.  The Centennial Plaza, which will be constructed in conjunction with the new building, will create a gathering space for students during lunch, recess hours, and school events.

 

Press admittance to the event is available.  Please contact Lucy Fairweather for further details.

 

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