The Board voted overwhelmingly for DLR after an intensive selection process that eventually narrowed the choice to two national firms.
“This is an exciting moment for our school district,” said Board President Satra Zurita. “DLR demonstrated they are the perfect company to create this Board’s vision to transform our oldest campus into a model of a 21st Century educational environment.”
“Our goal is to create a learning environment that inspires our scholars not only to close the achievement gap but also close the opportunity gap,” said Zurita.
“We will essentially build the high school campus of the future,” said Board Vice President Micah Ali. “We will create a campus that supports our students to excel academically as well as in athletics, the arts and especially the high-tech digital arts where the jobs of the future await our graduates.”
The total cost of the project is expected to reach nearly $200 million. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019 with completion scheduled five years later.
CUSD Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Alvarez emphasized the critical feedback the District and the Board relied on in making this decision, including input from parents, students, district staff and the community. “This is one of the most important building projects we’re going to have here at CUSD, so we needed to make sure we heard from all of our stakeholders.”