The first week of school ended on a high note for Twin Creeks Elementary on Friday, as school and community members gathered to commemorate the new administration building at the northwest San Ramon campus.
The estimated $2.1 million project, funded primarily through the school district's Measure D facilities bond, revamped the old front office to use the existing footprint more efficiently and to make the front of campus more secure.
"We are thrilled to be able to start this new school year with a beautiful and welcoming entry-point for our parents and our community," Twin Creeks principal Shelli Kravitz said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning. "The redesign of our administration building is not only inviting, but helps us manage visitors on our campus and enhances our security."
The year-long construction project transformed the former administrative building by removing the old atrium, enclosing that area and redesigning the prior interior spaces to increase the amount of usable square footage by more than 40% within the same overall footprint.
The redesign features remodeled lobby and office spaces and a new conference room, staff workroom and staff lounge. The project also included reconstructing walkways around the building, sprucing up some of the vegetation area in front, and renovating aging HVAC, electrical, plumbing and technology systems.
The admin building sits next to Twin Creeks' updated multipurpose room that opened about five years ago, a project funded by the 2002 Measure A school facilities bond. A new library, computer lab and resource room followed, utilizing the space in the old MPR.
"I grew up in this community and attended Twin Creeks back in the '70s when it was just a school of portables. How exciting it has been to see this transformation of Twin Creeks," Kravitz said.
Nearly four-dozen people attended the ribbon-cutting presentation, including district officials, San Ramon Valley Fire personnel, parents and other community members. The event included the Twin Creeks chorus performing "Jambo Rafiki" -- a Swahili song that translates to "Hello, Friend" -- and Katy Perry's "Roar," a fitting song choice for a school whose mascot is the Tiger.
Kravitz, along with later speakers, school board president Greg Marvel and superintendent Rick Schmitt, credited the support the project received from the community while praising the end result.
"We in this district have set the facilities standard in the state of California," Marvel said. "We bring our projects almost always on time, almost always at or under budget -- unlike many other districts in California where they aren't so lucky -- and we build to last."
"Not only did this project expand the office space here, but really the focus was on security and safety for students and staff," Schmitt added. "All traffic goes through the office now, and the full perimeter of the campus is secure."
The Twin Creeks building took about nine months to design and another sixth months to receive all regulatory approvals, district representatives said. The project was designed by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, and Calstate Construction Inc. worked as the general contractor Calstate Construction Inc.
Construction started in June 2015, and school administration was housed in a relocatable building on campus last school year. The project wrapped up this summer in time to open for the first day of school last Monday.
The school, which serves just over 500 students, is located at 2785 Marsh Drive in San Ramon, off Bollinger Canyon Road between Crow Canyon and Norris Canyon roads.
The Twin Creeks event Friday capped a trio of ribbon-cuttings during the past two weeks for projects funded by Measure D, the $260 million school facilities bond San Ramon Valley voters passed in November 2012.
The district's newest school, Bella Vista Elementary in San Ramon, celebrated its grand opening on Aug. 8, and officials commemorated the new Dougherty Valley High School science building on Wednesday.