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Shadow Hills High School

Shadow Hills High School


Owner
Desert Sands Unified School District

Architect
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke

Square Footage: 245,967


Overview

LMCCI completed construction of a new state-of-the-art 2,000+ student comprehensive high school located in a rapidly developing area of North Indio. This new $108 million state-of-the-art high school helped ease the overcrowding at the District’s three existing high schools.  LMCCI provided Program/Construction Management to assist in the development and design of the school.  Through constructability reviews, in-depth cost estimates and value engineering; LMCCI was able to work with the Architect and consulting engineers to maintain the project budget.  During this two and a half year project, LMCCI controlled the overall change order costs to less than 1% through cost control measures and sound construction management practices.

Because of the remote location of this school, new off-site serving infrastructures including electrical, sewer, water, storm drainage, and gas, cable TV and phone systems had to be installed to provide service to the new campus.  During this construction period, traffic through the region had to be maintained which required extensive coordination and interaction with city departments and the various servicing utility companies during this phase of the project.  The scope of work included: 86 classrooms, science and technology center, communications and technology-focused centers, 450 seat performing arts theater, large gymnasium, practice gymnasium, multipurpose room, media center, aquatic complex, concrete stadium, concession buildings.


Palm Desert High School Reconstruction

Palm Desert High School Reconstruction


Owner:
Desert Sands Unified School District

Architect:
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke 

Square Footage: 215,000


Overview

The reconstruction of Palm Desert High School was a complex project involving the complete teardown and reconstruction of an existing 2,000 student comprehensive high school.  Complicating the process was the size of the small compact campus of approximately 40 acres with no other available staging areas.  During LMCCI’s initial review of the project in the schematic design phases, we advised the District and Architect that with a few slight design modifications of the building placement and campus layout we could complete the construction with only eleven interim housing units thereby saving the District millions of dollars. This project was a total success and resulted in a significant bid and budget savings.


Indio High School

Indio High School Reconstruction


Owner:
Desert Sands Unified School District

Architect:
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke 

Square Footage: 203,000


Overview

Indio High School is one of the oldest schools in the Desert Sands School District at 50+ years old. It is located in the heart of the City with a high level of traffic and congestion.  With three other new or reconstructed high schools in the District, the Board decided to reconstruct Indio High with General Obligation Bond Funds.

This project was extremely complex and involved the phased demolition of all of the existing buildings, replacement of all underground utility infrastructures, and construction of an all-new state-of-the-art comprehensive 2,000+ student high school while safely navigating the entire construction process within an existing fully occupied, fully functioning, and spatially impacted 40-acre campus.

The Indio High School Reconstruction Project contained 90 classrooms, a science and technology center, communications and technology-focused centers, 450 seats state-of-the-art performing arts theater, large gymnasium, practice gymnasium, multipurpose room, media center, aquatic complex, administration, many specialty career tech areas, and rehabilitated sports fields/stadium.


Shadow Hills Performing Arts Center

La Quinta High School Culinary and Science Academy


Owner:
Desert Sands Unified School District

Architect:
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke 

Square Footage:  95,510


Overview

LMCCI safely completed the construction of a new state-of-the-art culinary arts and science academy; two- story science and general studies classroom buildings; new practice gymnasium; new site improvements including walks, fire access roads, lighting, and landscaping.  La Quinta High School is an occupied campus with over 3,000 students.  LMCCI removed existing portables for new construction.  LMCCI provided program development, preparation of bid documents, pre-construction services, bid phase, field construction supervision and management, project close-out, coordination with DSA and Project Inspector.  This academy was constructed with safety being a priority.  LMCCI worked with the District to develop safe paths of travel for the students, staff and community.  It opened safely on, time, and within budget.


Amistad Continuation High School Reconstruction/Conversion

Amistad Continuation High School Reconstruction / Conversion


Owner:
Desert Sands Unified School District

Architect:
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke 

Square Footage:  83,768


Overview

This project consisted of conversion of a middle school and transforming it into a continuation high school.  All but two existing buildings were demolished leaving the administration/kitchen/multipurpose building and the library/classroom building.  These two buildings were completely renovated to meet current codes and facility program requirements.

Three new buildings were added including a 16 classroom building with science labs and prep rooms, gymnasium with shower and locker facilities, and a state-of-the-art automotive shop building.


Wilmer Amina Carter High School

Wilmer Amina Carter High School


Owner
Rialto Unified School District

Architect
Ruhnau Ruhnau Clarke 

Square Footage: 315,000


Overview

This very large two-story 3,600 student capacity comprehensive high school on a small 43-acre site was sorely needed because of the severely overcrowded conditions.  In addition to being a very large high school on a short schedule with many complexities, the school had to be bid and built in 5 phases with complex design options due to an indeterminate source of state funds.  Despite this fact, the project completed within a three-year overall schedule.

LMCCI was involved on this project from the very start of schematic design and provided significant construction, scheduling, and budgetary expertise which helped enable the tremendous success of this project.

LMCCI’s suggestion of depressing the football stadium into the ground vs. building same at grade provided additional benefits to the project by allowing a balanced site grading without import while meeting the newly implemented storm water retainment requirements and DTSC soil testing regulations.

LMCCI, working with the Architect, provided substantial value engineering expertise in addition to several alternate bids in order to maximize the ability of the District to stretch their very tight budget.