Carlsbad High School construction tops out

CARLSBAD — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has topped out steel framing for 11 new education buildings at Carlsbad High School, at 3557 Lancer Way. School district officials, project team members, construction crew workers, and students gathered recently to celebrate the milestone.
The 11 one- and two-story education buildings will provide 99,000 square feet of new classroom, performing arts, vocational education lab, and food service space. Construction of these buildings represents the third and final phase of an overall $86 million renovation of Carlsbad High School, which McCarthy began in June 2008. Final completion is slated for late December of this year.
Carlsbad High School is among eight schools within the Carlsbad Unified School District being constructed or modernized with funding from Proposition P, a $198 million bond measure passed by voters in 2006. Originally built in 1957, the high school currently has an enrollment of nearly 2,900 students.
The educational structures are being built on the site of the school’s former parking lot located on the east side of Carlsbad High School. McCarthy’s work crews have completed steel framing for all 11 building, and 80 percent of the exterior metal stud framing. Preliminary roof work has been performed for the student facilities building. Construction of the courtyard adjacent to the existing gymnasium was finished last summer.
“The severe winter rains and flooding caused significant delays with the building foundations, which in turn affected the construction timeline,” said Craig Swenson, project director for McCarthy. “We’ve been working closely with the district, campus staff and Gafcon to resequence the construction schedule so that we’re able to have the classroom facilities completed and ready for students and faculty to move into during the winter break.”
The educational buildings will have curtain walls on one side, with metal sunlight screens on the opposite sides to help reduce energy use. Once the education buildings are completed, McCarthy will demolish many of the existing classroom buildings and convert the site into a new, larger parking lot on the south side of the campus.
The initial phase, performed in the later half of 2008, required McCarthy to set up temporary classroom facilities for students, along with the utilities to support these facilities.
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