Students of the future Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Richmond, CA, were ecstatic to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony for their future school on a sunny day in September. Wearing hard hats and big smiles, the young group helped “break ground” with ceremonial shovels. Their enthusiasm and presence were a great reminder of the importance of the project: to provide for the education and growth of our next generation.
Swinerton Management & Consulting (SMC) is the Construction Manager on the project for the West Contra Costa Unified School District. The design-build project includes a completely new campus on the site of the previous school that was demolished this summer. The new campus will have capacity for over 600 students, 53,000 square feet of interior space, and include multidisciplinary classrooms and learning center spaces for group instruction and hands-on learning. The new school will have three learning suites with 13 learning studios, three project rooms, and three open classrooms. A kindergarten complex of five classrooms is also on the campus.
The challenging project schedule requires completion in time for the Fall 2020 school year. New construction work started at the beginning of August and the first footing concrete pour occurred in September. The framer has been pre-assembling wood stud walls on site and will be ready to set wall sections as soon as the slabs are ready. SMC will be on the job for the duration to help the District reach their goal and provide a first-class educational environment for the children of Richmond.