Preparing for Return to School Fall 2021

Posted by Kelcey Davis on 8/16/2021 7:00:00 AM

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unifed School District (SMMUSD) continued to move forward this summer on the extensive modernization and construction projects at Malibu Middle School (MMS) and Malibu High School (MHS). The project includes the demolition of Building G (formerly housed the Woodshop, Ceramics, and Special Education), the preparation of the site for the future modular village, and the construction of an outdoor ceramics/arts area. Below is a brief update on the various projects completed or underway:

Malibu New Building
New Library, Classroom and Admin Building
The New AB Bldg. was completed in December 2020. Staff and students have taken full occupancy of the building. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in May. All sitework has been completed, including the new Middle School Parking Lot D and all landscaping. Minor corrective work is underway with no impact to the site or instruction.

Middle School Classroom Building
All corrective work has been 100% completed. The Project has been closed out with the Division of State Architect.

Special Ed/Workshop Building Abatement and Demolition Project
The interior abatement of the building commenced in May. This was the last building to be abated of PCBs at MMS. The Building G structure has since been completely demolished and removal of the foundations is complete. The perimeter of the construction zone has been secured with construction fencing. A detailed logistics plan to ensure safe path of travel for the return of staff and students has been developed and reviewed with site administration.

Utility Make Ready Package/Modular Village Project
The former site of the Sp. Ed./Workshop building is being prepared for four modular classrooms. Utilities (power, low voltage, fire alarm) will be run below the former footprint and the completed late fall. The relocation of the modular buildings is scheduled for Summer 2022 as part of the Phase 1 new high school project. These classrooms will be used as interim housing while the new high school building is under construction.

Outdoor kiln enclosure rendering for Malibu High School
Outdoor Kiln Enclosure Project
With the demolition of Ceramics lab, a new space has been designed for the Ceramics/Arts equipment. The enclosure will house three electric kilns and a pugmill. The space will also be equipped with a sink and a student prep area. The project will be completed fall 2021. The perimeter of the construction zone has been secured with construction fencing and construction can occur with no impact to instruction. A temporary structure housing the kilns and pugmill will be available when students return to school.

Malibu Rendering New High School Building
Malibu Campus Plan Phase 1 New High School Project
The new high school building design is almost completed. The campus will be constructed on the Juan Cabrillo Elementary footprint which will be demolished in 2022. The new building is a progressive educational building that will house the high school functions. It is designed to make the most of the location and fot into the Malibu landscape. This allows a separation between the middle school and the high school. It is the first of the four phases to be constructed as part of the campus plan. We are also preparing a zoning specific plan and an environmental impact report. The new building is projected to be completed for fall 2024.