El Cajon Valley High Receives Academic, Athletic Upgrades

January 22, 2010

Erickson-Hall Construction announced it completed two projects at El Cajon Valley High School that have given the school a new building and much-needed upgrades.

The first project involved amassing a new 14,610-square-foot science center with site demolition, grading and utilities work for a steel framed, stucco and tile exterior finish on the one-story structure.

The science building has eight staff offices and eight lab classrooms ó with two prep rooms — that break down to four biology, two physics, and one chemistry and one biotechnology classroom.

Inside, the science complex is made up of rich wood laboratory casework, integral acid-resistant countertops and sinks, tile floors and raised planters.

The building also has lab casework and fume hoods with mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

The $4.52 million project took a little over a year to complete.

According to school officials, the new science building was needed to keep up with the growing enrollment at El Cajon Valley High and the increasing interest in sciences.

"The district is pleased with the construction quality of the new science building," said Scott Wilkins, facilities planner for school construction and building services at the Grossmont Union High School District.

This project is the first new building in three decades for El Cajon Valley, Wilkins added.

Matt Gates, construction manager; James Schultz, project superintendent; and Emily Geldin Meyers, project coordinator, were all part of the project team.

Other companies involved on this project include HMC Architects, LSW Engineers, GSSI Structural Engineering, RBF Consulting; Deneen Powell Atelier Inc., EC Constructors, Advance Plumbing, Arrow Automatic Fire Sprinkler, Communication Wiring Specialists, GK Mechanical, Lawrie and Co. and Precision Electric.

Erickson-Hall has also finished renovations to the school's football field and made ADA upgrades as part of a second project.

It involved adding roughly 165,000 square feet of artificial turf to the football field, a new track with synthetic surfacing, and surrounding landscape and paving. The project also involved modernizing the football field's surrounding restrooms and concessions stands.

This $2.03 million project took three months to complete with assistance by Turpin and Rattan Engineering Inc., Park West Landscaping and Spotte + Watson on architecture planning.

Again on the Erickson-Hall team for this project was Gates, construction manager; and Schultz, project superintendent; along with Liberty Donovan, the project's field administrator.

"Erickson-Hall built a beautiful facility for El Cajon Valley High School," Wilkins said.