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School Construction

The Palo Alto Unified School District has continued to improve its school facilities during the past two decades with the implementation of three Facilities Bonds:

  • Building for Excellence: 1999-2005
  • Strong Schools Bond - Measure A: 2008-Present
  • Strong Schools Bond - Measure Z: 2018-Present

Updates for projects currently under construction, individual school site facilities plans, and links to oversight committees are listed below.

Sun-kissed two-story building at JLS
Palo Alto High School - HW/CW Piping Replacement - August 2021

New hot/cold recirculation piping and building valves are complete across campus, including site pavement and landscape repairs for Buildings 100, 500, 600, 700 and 1700. Pipe trenching through campus courtyards continues for Buildings 200, 300a, 300 and 400 while the Central Plant boiler servicing and circulation pump rebuild is completed in advance of winter '21.

Palo Alto High School - Tower Building Renovation - Aug 2021

DSA has provided plan review comments for Design response, and HED is in process of picking up constructability comments and hosting the plan and specification review sessions with Maintenance, Operations and IT. HED continues work on the interim housing space for Administration, Adult School, Wellness and Special Education spaces for classroom portable remodel Summer 2022.

Gunn High School - Building A, B & K Renovation - Aug 2021

Constructability design review comments in progress, DSA intake scheduled for Sept. 28, ongoing REH material testing analysis of original building construction steel, concrete, framing lumber to determine suitability for engineered expansion.

Additional Information

Site Master Plans

Each school site was engaged in meetings relevant to its specific site to develop conceptual plans based on district wide goals. The breakdown of projects reflects a consensus that the issues raised by the focus groups apply to the various sites as well.

Board Bond Advisory Committee

The Board Bond Advisory Committee (BBAC) has been established as a Board of Education committee to provide advice to the Board in its thinking about the Strong Schools Bond activities.

Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee

The Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee is responsible for review of the activities of two bond measures.

Property Committee

This committee meets with various members of staff to review issues related to district property or property interests to be acquired by the District and also for improvements to district property.