By Marsha Sutton
San Dieguito Union High School District trustees on March 17 approved contracts with four separate firms to provide facilities master planning for the district’s schools. “Each of the completed master plans will then guide the district in long-range planning, construction, and modernization priorities at each of our schools,” reads the board report for this agenda item. The communities the San Dieguito Union High School District covers include Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe, among others.
Developer fees and Mello-Roos funds will pay for the four master planning contracts, which total over $412,000.
Each school’s needs were previously identified by the district’s long-range facilities task force. But because the task force recommendations were broad and extensive, the next step, said SDUHSD associate superintendent for business services Eric Dill, “is for school site committees and district planning staff to review the recommendations and work with architects to create a master plan specifically for each school.”
Dill said architects will work on the master plans with school site personnel and review options to incorporate the task force’s ideas into the campus plans. This will include creating conceptual drawings, drafting cost estimates, and developing a master plan document that the district “will use as the road map for our long-range planning for each site,” he said in an email.
The master plans, Dill said, will guide the district as it prepares for significant full-scale construction and renovation costing millions of dollars, should the money eventually become available.
In the meantime, San Dieguito is using funds earmarked for facilities projects to do planning work, “so that we have a strategy and vision on how to improve our campuses as we adapt to the 21st century learning environment,” Dill said.
“All of this work will be paid for using funds specifically collected toward and restricted for use on capital facilities projects,” he said. “No general fund dollars will be used, so that we may continue to dedicate those funds toward operating our educational program.”
Dill said the master plans will also strive for “consistency in the vision for all our schools.”
Before awarding the contracts, the district sent out requests for proposals and received 20 responses. Eight firms were interviewed and four were selected. “The four proposed firms each have their own strength to best match our school sites,” reads the board report.
The firms are:
•Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects – for Torrey Pines High School and La Costa Canyon High School – not to exceed $81,780
•Lionakis – for Canyon Crest Academy, Carmel Valley Middle School, and Earl Warren Middle School – not to exceed $155,500
•MVE Institutional – for Sunset High School and San Dieguito Academy – not to exceed $95,000
•Westberg + White – for Diegueno Middle School and Oak Crest Middle School – not to exceed $80,000