Solana Beach School District offices to get a new look

The conceptual design of Solana Beach School District's office building on N. Cedros Avenue.

The exteriors of the Solana Beach School District’s offices will soon be getting a refresh.

At the board’s May 21 meeting, the board received an update on the conceptual plans for the district office, which has frontages on North Rios Avenue, North Cedros Avenue and East Cliff Street in Solana Beach.

The district contracted with HMC Architects on an assessment of the warehouse building on the back of the campus fronting Cedros and the barn adjacent to the playing field. After analyzing the assessments, the district team has decided to locate the maintenance and operations and child nutrition services offices in the reimagined warehouse building and use the barn for storage.

Kyle Peterson, managing principal at HMC Architects, said with the design of the new building, they took inspiration from the surrounding community. The design includes fiber cement siding, accent lighting, glazed storefront windows, signage and accent fencing. They plan to add softness to the facade with landscape plantings.

The assessment found that the barn’s roof is in need of replacement and the structure will also be repainted. The heavy concrete tile roof will be replaced with a lighter metal roof—the color of the metal roof will complement the rest of the campus and the streetscape.

The board was very happy with the design that they feel will help the office fit right in with the neighborhood.

At the meeting, the board also approved a $90,000 contract with Kronos Painting to repaint the office buildings on the N. Rios frontage starting this summer. The large mural in front of the district office will be painted over and replaced with a new district logo that is in the works. A banner will hang temporarily until the logo is complete.

The SBSD office building will also be tented for termites in the coming weeks.