• Samohi Discovery Building Progress, the Library is almost ready for Students and the Field is nearly Complete

    Posted by Kelcey Davis on 1/20/2021 8:00:00 AM

    Discovery Building

    • The exterior of the building is nearing completion on the whole building with the exception of the courtyard and the two stairwells on the western sideExterior of Samohi Discovery Building Side of Samohi Discovery Building
    • Work on the floor is progressing well enough in some areas to enable some of the following trades to start, including the installation of internal walls, creating classrooms.
    • Considerable progress is being made on the installation of the elevators and the assembly of the cars
    • Finishing work in restrooms on all levels has progressed well, which will allow for the installation of fixtures to begin next week.
    • A lot of progress is being made on the HVAC; electrical; plumbing; and all the many sub-trades on the project and the interface between them is working very wel



    • The new stairs from Barnum to the upper area of Freedom Way are now complete and only require the installation of handrails
    • Work has begun on preparing for the terraced paving and stairs of Freedom Walk
    • The is now full access from Michigan gate through Freedom walk to admin.
    • Additional landscaping is being installed as it becomes available.
    • The floor slab of the pool was poured last week and the pouring of the concrete walls will begin next week
    • In general building work is on schedule to be available for classes on the first day of the Fall semester 2021.


    Library Refresh

    • The library is now complete
    • The new furniture has been installed
    • The books and equipment has been moved back and the shelves have been stacked
    • All IT hardware has been hooked up and is now functional
    • The library is looking great!

     Samohi Library refresh with new furniture


    Football Field Replacement

    • The football field is complete and ready to be used
    • We can't wait for students to enjoy this beautiful field once we are able to getback to playing sports!


    Samohi Football Field   

    Phase 3

    • The 100% Design Development (DD) plans for the new Gold Gym, Exploration Building and associated site-work have been accepted by the District and work has begun on the Construction Documents (CD)
    • The CDs are scheduled for completion in late March for submittal to DSA for review and eventual approval, which is expected towards the end of 2021
    • Abatement and demolition of the Cafeteria, Pool, History and Art buildings is scheduled to start in June 2021 and construction of the new building will begin in January 2022.

    Samohi New Building Rendering  

    Business Building reconfiguration

    • The Business building re-purpose is currently out to bid. This building will be used for some of Art and to launch the new programs, all of which will be housed in the Exploration Building, once complete in the fall of 2023.
    • The new Academies will include: Project Lead the Way Engineering; Law, Justice, and Policy; Sports Medicine, Health, and Wellness; and Digital Media.
    • Although the schedule is for the work to begin in June 2021, we want to take full advantage of the available time, should in-person classes not begin until the fall. That means that we will be in a position to begin construction in April, if that opportunity becomes a reality. In theory, work should not start on the buildings until Discovery is available for occupation next summer


    Art Gallery

    • The existing Textbook Office, located in the lower level of the Admin Building will be converted into the new Roberts Art Gallery.
    • This project is also currently out to bid.
    • Discovery is on track to accommodate the new Distribution Center in the new building by May, which will free up the space for the construction of the new art gallery at that time


    Utility Infrastructure

    • The electrical and data supply to various buildings on the south east corner of the campus will be cut off when the History building is demolished. The design for the replacement of the service to Business, English, Art, and Language is being developed and will be bid out at the end of 2020, so that the replacement services will be ready for implementation next June.
    • This project will also provide a dedicated conduit for a new fiber cable from the provider, directly into the new MDF in Discovery, which will provide the data source for the whole campus from Discovery.


    • • The new Michigan Gate signage is complete and is getting good feedback. Michigan Gate at Samohi
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  • Discovery Building: Exterior Ready, Pool Being Built

    Posted by Chris Clonts on 1/5/2021 1:00:00 PM

    The Discovery Building is coming together quickly. The exterior is nearly complete and many crews are working to build and finish interior spaces. Meanwhile, the pool is being built and the athletic field has been replaced. Take a look in these photos.

    Library refresh project

    Samohi Pool Construction

    Samohi Discovery Exterior

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  • So Long, Crane, We Appreciate You

    Posted by Chris Clonts on 9/7/2020 2:15:00 PM

    Samohi's Discovery Building

    The Discovery Building project hit a milestone when contractors were able to remove the tower crane that had been a feature of the Santa Monica skyline for more than a year.

    The crane is no longer needed because major structural pieces and mechanical equipment (like air handlers on the roof) have now been installed. 

    There is exterior work to be done still, but the majority of the effort now is on the interior: Ensuring electrical and plumbing are working properly and making classrooms look like classrooms, labs like labs, etc.

    With students distance learning, much of the site work, such as the Science Quad area, was able to be moved up to be completed early.

    The project is on schedule for the building to be occupied during the summer of 2021.

    A pitch space, envisioned for Phase 3, would teach students skills needed by entrepreneurs.

    Meanwhile, the district is working with designers to plan Phase 3 of the Samohi Campus Plan. Among other things, it would include a new gym and a new classroom building that would contain a "pitch space" (above) where students could learn entrepreneurial skills that could drive startups in the future.

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  • Library Refresh on Track for January 2021

    Posted by Chris Clonts on 9/5/2020 2:05:00 AM

    The library is being refreshed with new furniture, shelving and equipment. The contract has been approved and design finalized. The district is working to acquire furniture, and the aim is to have everything moved back in so the library is ready for use in January 2021

    The library interior will feature more seating.

    The future library


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