Press Release

PRECONSTRUCTION WORK FOR MEASURE S UNDERWAY AND ON SCHEDULE FOR ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Orange, Calif. – March 20, 2018 – After greenlighting design earlier this school year, Orange Unified School District’s $288 million Measure S bond program has continued to make significant progress at all four of the District’s high schools:  El Modena, Orange, Canyon, and Villa Park. Striving towards making Orange Unified one of the highest performing districts in the region, a large focus of Measure S is on creating new state-of-the-art science classrooms and labs, new special education classroom facilities, enhancing school safety, and other modernizations to augment the learning environment and availability of innovative programs on campus. With Measure S construction scheduled to kick off summer 2018, major pre-construction milestones have been met at each high school including:

Orange High School

  • Design is approximately 98% complete
  • New 42,300-square-foot Science Center/STEM building - construction anticipated to start winter 2018
  • The Science Center Building - 4 Chemistry Labs, 8 General Science Labs, 1 General Classroom and 2 Medically Fragile Classrooms
  • Site infrastructure improvements to be completed during summer break 2018 - new electrical service yard; new bus drop-off/pick-up lanes
  • Satellite kitchen construction - anticipated to begin fall 2018
  • Demolition completed for 5 portable buildings

El Modena High School

  • Design is approximately 98% complete
  • New 42,501-square-foot Science Center/STEM building - construction anticipated to start winter 2018
  • The Science Center Building - 4 Chemistry Labs, 8 General Science Labs, 2 General Classrooms and 2 Medically Fragile Classrooms
  • Site infrastructure improvements to be completed simultaneously with the construction of the STEM Building, new electrical service, natural gas lines and fire lanes

Canyon High School

  • Design is approximately 65% complete
  • New 61,419-square-foot Science Center/STEM building - construction anticipated to start spring 2019
  • The Science Center Building - 4 Chemistry Labs, 8 General Science Labs, 12 General Classrooms with Student Services Offices
  • Construction to begin spring 2019 - Science Center Building, Interim Kitchen Services Conversion, Renovation to Entrance of Multi-Purpose Room, 100 additional parking stalls and new drop-off/pick-up area

Villa Park High School

  • Design is approximately 98% complete
  • New 44,838-square-foot Science Center/STEM building - construction anticipated to start spring 2019
  • The Science Center Building - 4 Chemistry Labs, 8 General Science Labs, 2 General Classrooms and 2 Medically Fragile Suites
  • Install 9 new portable buildings to serve as interim classrooms; construction of the temporary classrooms anticipated to start fall 2018
     

Orange Unified Superintendent, Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D. stated that, “The District is committed to communicating with the community about the progress of fulfilling the promise of the Measure S bond dollars for each high school to receive new science buildings, improved safety and modernized classrooms. We are pleased to have critical projects on schedule and within budget.  Thank you, OUSD community, for making this investment in our schools a reality.”   

Please visit the OUSD website at https://www.orangeusd.org/measure-s  to review the project designs and receive additional updates on Measure S.

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 30,000 students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and county areas.  The school district, founded in 1953, encompasses 108 square miles.  The District office is located at 1401 N. Handy Street, Orange, California.

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The Orange Unified School District educates approximately 28,000 K-12 grade students in the Cities of Orange, Villa Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and unincorporated county areas.  In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, equitable, and innovative culture of learning for each scholar to have a competitive EDGE as a leader.