Measure X - New Gym & Classrooms Project
August 9th, 2019
Measure X Gym and New Classroom Update—Abbott
This summer has been an unusually busy one at Abbott Middle School with several facilities projects underway or nearing completion. The biggest project--the addition of a new gym, locker rooms, and two new classrooms-- began last spring with excavation of the southeast portion of the blacktop adjacent to 36th Avenue. The new gym and classroom project is being funded by Measure X which was approved by the voters in the San Mateo-Foster City School District to address the need for facilities for increased and increasing enrollments.
In August, the foundations will be poured for the new gym, lobby and locker rooms which are adjacent to the play and PE area and for the two classrooms that will be above the new locker rooms on the upper level of the campus adjacent to the school parking lot and the Music Building. With the foundations in place, the forms for the outside walls of the gym will be done next.
Weather-dependent, by January 2020, steel for all the new walls and roofs will be completed and the buildings are expected to be fully enclosed. Work after that will focus on building the interiors with finish work inside and out to occur during late spring and early summer for a projected occupancy in July 2020.
Other work going on at Abbott this summer included reroofing other parts of the campus, the first of which was done during spring break last April with all of the new roofs on the administration and classroom wings completed before school opens. The remaining roofing to be done is to put new seal on the roofs of the relocatables which will occur on the weekends in August and September. The third project at Abbott this summer was constructing a new ADA-compliant ramp from the play area to the lunch area which is on the northeastern side of the campus. The ramp will be open for use at the start of the new school year with installation of the new shade structure planned for the October break. The roofing, lunch area ramp and shade structure projects are being funded by Measure L, a previous bond measure approved by the voters.
Construction fencing continues to be used to separate the construction area, construction access entrance and drive paths from the school and outside areas where students and staff are. There is a separate student access gate on Alameda onto the asphalt area for school use which parents are encouraged to use during drop off and pick up times.