Seven years of construction nears end at San Ramon Valley High School

Main gym last on the list of projects -- for now, anyway

After seven years, the first phase of construction at San Ramon Valley High school is nearing completion.

"We did the commons/cafeteria, we did the D building - it's a two-story classroom building - and then we did the CTE , career, technology, education building, the auxiliary gym" said SRVHS Principal Joseph Ianora. "The last project is the new main gym. That sort of completes the cycle."

That cycle came to an abrupt halt in July 2009, when Native American remains were found by construction workers digging a water line. More remains were found as the foundation was dug for the gym, stopping the project as archeologists were brought in for a dig.

Ianora described that as both a frustrating and exciting time.

"All of the indoor sports played in that gym," he said. "On the other hand, all of our students got to see, first hand, California history."

The construction cycle was also disturbed when the main gym was suddenly condemned in February 2008, when an engineer determined it wouldn't stand up to an earthquake.

Ianora expects the gym to be finished by the end of the year, with an official opening scheduled for March 18.

"That gym will symbolize the end of this phase of construction," he said. "The next (phase) we won't enter until we present another bond."

Ianora said there's much more work to be done on the oldest school in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

Among the work that remains is the demolition of a number of older, one-story classroom buildings on the campus -- some of the oldest in the district -- which will be replaced with two-story buildings, and replacing the pool, which was built in 1954.

The work at SRVHS is among the last to be done under the Measure A bond, which was approved in 2002. During that time, every other school had work completed and one, Dougherty Valley, was built from the ground up.

Being last on the list has left a bad taste in the mouth for some of the parents of students at the school, and Ianora pointed out that the construction has been a fact of life for students for years.

"These seniors have never known the campus not to have a (construction) fence up, or bulldozers," he said.

As for Ianora, he hopes to be around to see the next phase of work competed at the school, and, perhaps, getting rid of the hard hat he keeps in a cabinet in his office.


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Posted by sprtndad
a resident of Danville
on Sep 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

How much did this cost us? Realize that had the project been built for non union wages, it would be the same quality and at least 40% cheaper.

Are the portables still on campus? What is that costing us?

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Sep 16, 2010 at 1:45 pm

First priority should have been (and still should be) sufficient parking on campus. Getting to and from school is the most basic necessity. The kids should be allowed to become entirely self-sufficient and drive bikes and cars as soon as possible. There should have been a parking structure built BEFORE any of the above projects. And NO spaces should be "compact" sized.
Second priority there should be a a Pickup/Dropout Lane system designed--that doesn't block traffic.
Third priority there should be 12 decent tennis courts built (with good lighting) to allow the 4-year development of good tennis programs for the kids (right now very few kids get a chance to play on the teams)...and also for the general public in the non-school hours. Those present courts are ancient and terrible. Huge cracks. Poor surfaces and constantly dirty and slippery with leaves and pebbles. Major lawsuit liabilities. Poor design and spacing. Poor lighting and fencing. Must be from the 1950s. Worst courts in the county for our Danville kids. There is almost no "development" of tennis players of our Danville youth (The "teams" just take kids that already know how to play.) But there is no organized tennis "voice"....because there it almost zero tennis programs or participation.
The PE program (mis)uses the courts to "house" students, not teach them tennis. And it allows yearly abuse and destruction of the courts (fences, nets, ground). Sometimes it puts 8 students on a court with wooden paddles and lets them pretend to play paddleball. Some kids just whack the wiffle ball around (with no scoring). Most just sit or stand around and scratch the ground and nets with the wooden paddles. They're in their street clothes....and never break a sweat. That's a PE class nowadays. It's totally worthless. Worse than worthless.

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Posted by Bainter the Painter
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I thinck we spend to much money on ejucation. When I was a kid we had no fancy buidlings and so many teachers and that did'nt hurt me any. We had no parking. The kids that could afford legs walked. My mom and pa were poor so we could not afford legs. They just kicked us to school even in the snow. Kids these days have it to good.

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Posted by Alamo parent
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 17, 2010 at 7:42 am

I attended San Ramon High during the 1970's and parking was a challenge at that time. Love Lane used to be a straight road that went through the campus, with the auto shop and wood shop, being on one side and the school buildings on the right. Adjustments were made, which allowed for the back parking lot. Parking will always be a challenge, with a downtown location. Parking structure for S.R. in Danville ? Are you kidding ?

The tennis courts have not been updated and are in sad shape. This comes down to a lack of funding. For serious tennis players, they work with tennis pros and would seek other facilities to develop their game. They would be competing in USTA tournaments.

A high school P.E. teacher covers a variety of activities and can't be expected to be a specific tennis instructor. The golf teams play at Crow Canyon Country Club and pay for all individual instruction and equipment.

As for the new basketball gym, I am thrilled for the students. This will serve boys/girls basketball teams, wrestling and boys/girls volleyball for many years to come.

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Posted by Bainter the Painter
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 17, 2010 at 9:34 am

Seven years is almost as long as I was in hi school. I wasn't they're so long because I liked it tho.

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Posted by Rose
a resident of Danville
on Sep 17, 2010 at 11:47 am

Has any consideration been given to a marker, tree, bush etc., dedicated to the many Native Americans unearthed at the site?? I would think a high school campus would be a perfect place for the historical value, let alone respect, to the peoples' and past of our valley.

I hope this has been a consideration, and not a wasted opportunity!!

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