Solana Beach’s Earl Warren rebuild plan gets OK

The design of the new Earl Warren Middle School takes inspiration from the beach.
The design of the new Earl Warren Middle School takes inspiration from the beach.
( / Renderings courtesy Lionakis)

Earl Warren Middle School is one step closer to a new campus.

The California Coastal Commission on March 11 unanimously approved San Dieguito Union High School District’s plans to demolish and rebuild the aging Solana Beach school.

Voters approved a $449 million bond measure in November 2012, funding upgrades and repairs at the district’s North County campuses. Because Earl Warren was originally built in 1954, however, district officials opted to reconstruct rather than renovate the outdated school at 155 Stevens Ave. in Solana Beach.

The $41 million project kicked off in August 2014 with the demolition of Warren Hall, the school’s multipurpose room. The district also constructed a network operations center, and installed two portable buildings and a new hardcourt area, according to the commission’s report.

With the commission’s approval, the campus should be under construction by fall 2015. Students will be moved into an interim campus on the athletic fields. The temporary site will have 31 classroom buildings, three restroom buildings, an administration building, a student services building, a food service building, a locker building, a multipurpose room, an outdoor dining area, a hardcourt area, and a 62-space parking lot.

At the same time, the old campus will be demolished and a new campus will be built. The new campus will feature seven buildings, two student drop-off areas and a fire truck road on the 19.4-acre lot. The site will also include a 56-space parking lot, in addition to the two parking lots next to the library. Construction is expected to be complete by fall 2017.

With the commission’s conditional approval, the district must submit final design and landscape plans for review and written approval. The district must also submit final plans for storage and staging, construction pollution prevention, long-term water quality management, and turf and pest management.