Construction update: May 22, 2018

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:03pm

To: Community Members in the Addison School Neighborhood

Provded below is information about the Addison School construction project.  
Planning for a proposed modernization started a few years ago after an anonymous donor made an offer of a generous gift to fund the project; this process included extensive school and community input meetings, architectural design, approvals from the Division of the State Architect, construction bids and final approval of the donor's generous gift.  The Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education gave final approval for the project on May 8, 2018, and also approved the contractor for the project.  
Since then, the school has been moving quickly to allow the contractor to demolish and remove the old multipurpose building this summer while the students are not on campus.  The last day of school is Friday, June 1, and construction will start on Monday, June 4.  We estimate the project will take 27 months to complete, ending in August 2020.  
At the very beginning, a construction fence will be put in place to allow construction equipment and vehicles to be parked on the campus close to the building being demolished.  The demolition process has been designed to minimize noise, dust and debris, to the extent possible.
We do have a plan for keeping the school community and neighbors informed about developments as the various phases of the project unfold.  As a first step, the school prepared a flyer with a rendering of the building that will be delivered to homes in the area the week of May 21.
In addition, we have just developed a construction web page on which ongoing information will be posted:  You can also go to the Addison website's Home Page (  and find a link in the upper right corner that will take you to the construction page. There are a few things already posted and we will build this page out and keep it updated.
And, as part of the construction process, the district will be holding weekly meetings with the contractor to assure the work is progressing on schedule and to resolve any issues that arise.  The principal will attend these meetings, along with the district's construction manager and architect, thus enabling her to keep people informed and to bring any concerns to the attention of the construction team.  
We will continue to post updates as construction proceeds.

Amanda Boyce, Principal, Addison School
Peter Burchyns, Volunteer Assistant

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