Renovations Continue at LBUSD Schools
New renovation and construction projects commencing in the next several months will bring high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, technology upgrades, accessibility improvements and other enhancements to schools across the Long Beach Unified School District.
Campuswide upgrades at Birney, Emerson and Gompers elementary schools are scheduled to begin this summer. Stanford Middle School’s modernization will start in August with new portable buildings that will provide interim housing for students while the school’s permanent facilities undergo repairs.
The coming months will also see the start of several athletics facility projects. In May, Avalon K-12 School will begin construction on an all-weather multisport field for baseball, soccer and football. Wilson and Lakewood high school’s new aquatics centers will break ground this summer, and construction of Hamilton Middle School’s new gymnasium is expected to begin next spring.
“We look forward to starting the next round of campus renovation projects,” said David Miranda, LBUSD’s executive director of Facilities Development and Planning. “It’s exciting to watch our schools transform into modern learning facilities that maximize student success.”
Jordan High School’s new 31,500-square-foot classroom building is expected to open in time for the new school year, as is Keller Middle School’s new physical education building. Air conditioning, technology updates and other improvements underway at Holmes Elementary School, Bancroft Middle School and Avalon are scheduled to complete this year, bringing the number of schools upgraded with Measure E funds to 34. Renovations to Jordan’s science building are anticipated to complete in the 2023-24 school year.
LBUSD accelerated the planned installation of air conditioning systems at several District schools in response to recent record heat waves and the increasing frequency of extreme heat and poor air quality days. Except for Polytechnic High School, all District schools will have air conditioning within the next five years. Poly’s AC installation, slated to finish in 2028, is one of several upgrades planned in a complete reimagining of the aging campus.
Measure Q, LBUSD’s new $1.7 billion bond measure, will bring new green spaces and other priority projects identified in the District’s 2022 Facility Master Plan to schools undergoing Measure E repairs. The District’s accelerated Measure E timeline, available labor, materials and interim housing will inform the rollout of additional projects under Measure Q.
LBUSD’s complete schedule of school renovation projects is available at lbschoolbonds.net.