Students return to ‘cozy’ relocatable village as Earl Warren campus in Solana Beach undergoes construction

Earl Warren Middle School’s “Seahawk Village” welcomed students back to school on Aug. 25. The village of relocatable buildings will be Earl Warren students’ home for two years as the 61-year-old school undergoes a complete renovation.

The new beachy school campus is expected to be completed in fall 2017.

“It’s hard to imagine that a relocatable village could turn out to be a cozy, stimulating, roomy and amazing facility,” said San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) trustee Joyce Dalessandro. “It’s so much fun to see that. It is just amazing what can be done with relocatables. The science lab is incredible. I think it’s going to be very successful.”

At the Aug. 20 meeting, the district board approved the guaranteed maximum price of $37.3 million for the Earl Warren reconstruction. As part of the district’s lease-leaseback contract, McCarthy Building Companies went through a bid process sending 42 packets out to 410 contractors for the school project and was able to realize a $400,000 savings from the original estimated price.

As part of the campus overhaul, there will also be some improvements to the Solana Beach branch of the San Diego County Library. In 2001, the branch became the first shared-use library facility with Earl Warren. Improvements to the shared library have been planned in cooperation with the county, city of Solana Beach and the Friends of the Solana Beach Library.

“The partnership we have is really kind of phenomenal,” Dalessandro said, offering special kudos to the city of Solana Beach.

The county’s share of the costs for the library improvements is $400,000, and $200,000 in funding is available from the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. At the Aug. 20 meeting, the board authorized the district to apply for the funding.