Carmel Del Mar modernization to begin summer 2015

Carmel Del Mar School, built in 1991, is due for an upgrade. The Del Mar Union School District hopes to get moving on a partial modernization for the campus next summer after the board approved proceeding with $1.5 million at the Nov. 19 meeting.

According to Cathy Birks, assistant superintendent of business services, the district will seek statements of qualifications for professional engineering services for the project, which includes HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) replacement, replacement of skylights in all classrooms, and ceiling and roof replacement.

The modernization will include a new shade structure in the outdoor lunch area and removing the large, bulky main distribution frame (a part of the school’s technology infrastructure) out of the multi-use room, creating more capacity for students.

The $1.5 million cost of the project is budgeted in the district’s general fund reserves. Part of the costs will also be funded through Prop 39 California Clean Energy Jobs Act funds.