New Black Box Theater coming soon


Board approves 2-Phase plan for revamped theater at AHS

ATASCADERO – Atascadero High School will start to see construction this month on Phase 1 of the reconstruction of the Music Classroom Building and Black Box Theater on campus. The School Board unanimously approved the sublease agreement of $3,179,622 in bond money Tuesday for RSH Construction to fund the 2-Phase project.

“It’s a great value,” said Brant Lloyd, Director of Support Services.

According to Lloyd, Phase 1 will be the of the Music Classroom Building 1400. Interior upgrades in technology, electrical, lighting and mechanical systems will be included in the remodel. The building exterior will receive roofing upgrades and minor improvements. Construction is projected to begin this month, on April 23, with an estimated finish on August 31, 2018.

Phase 2 will include remaking the school’s current Agriculture/shops Building into a new Black Box Theater. Construction is projected to begin on July of 2019, to be completed in approximately December of 2019. The reason construction of the Black Box Theater will not begin for more than a year from the Music Classroom Building reconstruction is because builders need to wait until the school’s Ag department can be moved from the Agricultural Building to the new Science and Shops Building (estimated to be completed in June of 2019), which begins construction this week. Once the Agriculture department is moved, the new Black Box Theater will be reconstructed in its place.

The board chose RSH Construction in June 13 of 2017 as the best value for the Black Box/Music Building Project among the bids. The Division of State Architect has approved the design plans. .

At the meeting, Board Trustee Tami Gunther said she was grateful AUSD administration and Stu Stoddard, Executive Director of Bond Projects and Facilities, started planning the projects when they did. As bond money becomes available to more San Luis Obispo County schools, local school facilities and maintenance departments have seen construction costs escalate with the high demand for services.

“I think we’ve saved multiple millions of dollars in escalation by having started early rather than later and we can’t thank our community enough for reissuing the bonds so we can move faster and get this stuff done,” Gunther said. “It’s so nice to go to the schools and see all the improvements. It’s unbelievable.”

Board trustee Terri Switzer suggested signage posted to the corridors with information and visuals of the projects to differentiate the several different building projects presently in the works at AHS. She thought a timeline would be helpful to ease parking anxiety during construction work. Lloyd said his staff would gladly accommodate that request and has plans to continue communication with school administration on the scope and progress of the project.

Please contact Reporter Beth Giuffre at [email protected] for questions and/or feedback.


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