Construction to start soon on the replacement buildings for LAUSD’s Olive Vista Middle SchoolNov 02 2016 · 0 comments · Educational, Nishkian Chamberlain ·0
With project architect CSDA Design Group, Nishkian Chamberlain is working on two replacement buildings for the Olive Vista Middle School campus within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Originally designated for evaluation in accordance with AB 300 – a bill passed in 1999 to assess K thru 12 school buildings for seismic safety – the gymnasium and multi-purpose buildings were eventually determined to be replaced. Nishkian Chamberlain assisted with a seismic study and full site analysis of both structures in order to obtain Proposition 1D funding to provide a cost benefit for replacement of the two buildings.
Being located within LAUSD, the two replacement buildings went through an exhaustive approval process by both LAUSD and the Division of the State Architect (DSA). Nishkian Chamberlain has plenty of experience in education work and is very familiar with the detailed process of working with DSA. Having been approved and permitted, the two replacement buildings are slated to begin construction soon, which will be phased to allow continued use of the existing facilities during construction. A prominent set of terraced and landscaped steps will be constructed to tie in the new gymnasium to the existing campus.
Both buildings will consist of steel framed roof and concrete masonry unit (CMU) walls for both gravity support and lateral resistance and is creatively designed with large spans to achieve column-free open space. Significant collaboration with the architectural design team was essential to successfully provide structural designs solutions to accommodate the various design constraints without sacrificing the structural integrity of the design.
Since 1914, 42 education-related bond measures have appeared on the ballot in California. This year’s Proposition 51 is the first education bond to appear on the November ballot as an initiative and the first education-related bond measure to appear on the ballot since Proposition 1D of 2006.
The proceeds from the $9 billion in bonds that would be issued if voters approved Proposition 51 would be stored in a 2016 State School Facilities Fund and a 2016 California Community College Capital Outlay Bond Fund. Proceeds would be allocated for the following purposes: $3 billion for the construction of new school facilities; $500 million for providing school facilities for charter schools; $3 billion for the modernization of school facilities; $500 million for providing facilities for career technical education programs; and $2 billion for acquiring, constructing, renovating, and equipping community college facilities. We encourage everyone to get out and vote on November 8th!
California schools are in need of continued improvement and upgrade. The Olive Vista Middle School project is a great example of how funding can help not only transform these learning environments, but also make them safer at the same time. Nishkian Chamberlain is proud to be a part of the solution in making our schools a better place.