interested in seeing these projects progress.
As the person in charge of the district's modernization and
reconstruction program, I would like to update the Burbank community on
the scope, schedules and activities relative to construction of the new
high schools. This column, the first of two on these exciting projects,
is about the progress of the Burbank High School project. The second will
be dedicated to the John Burroughs High School project.
The construction work at both Burbank and John Burroughs high schools
is progressing very well. Costing approximately $100 million, these
projects started about three months ago and will take about 3 1/2 years
Burbank High's first phase will cost $29 million and will include a
prominent new entrance to the campus, which will be adjacent to the new
administrative offices and connected to the library by a two-story
classroom wing. This section of the project is along Third Street,
continuing on to Harvard Road.
All of the earthwork, underground utility lines and footings are
complete at this point. The steel structure for the administrative
offices is already erected, and the roof structure formed. The main
structure of the entry element is also up. This portion of the project is
scheduled for completion by the summer of next year. This means that the
staff will be able to use their beautiful new offices, and the students
may enjoy the wonderful new library as early as September 2002.
Another section is the classroom building that will be two stories on
one side and three stories on the other, to respond to the site's grade
elevations. Ending with a large cafeteria and kitchen facilities, this
building will be parallel to Third Street, forming a magnificent interior
quad along with the other buildings.
The quad will be utilized for a variety of purposes, such as eating,
socializing and rallies. This building's massive retaining wall and
earthwork, the underground utility lines and footings are all completed
with the steel structure expected to begin in early August. The entire