This rendering by GKK Works, the Pasadena architectural firm, was up on the fence this morning in Allendale Park at the groundbreaking celebration for the Blair Middle School campus across Marengo from the Blair High campus.
In my day — early ’70s — as a Blair Viking, the 2-acre site was known as the C Campus, and it’s where all the great English teachers held forth, mostly from portable bungalows: Stan Sheinkopf, Mike Riherd, Bill Pickering.
Now, thanks to bond measure TT, there’s about $25 million available to bring some younger grades to the campus. The contractor, C.W. Driver, is also local. Ideally, someday, if there were demographics and demand for the International Baccalaureate program Blair has long touted, the Allendale primary/elementary across the street would be reopened and there would be K-12 IB programs available at one site.
Bond oversight committee member Jon Furman was there this morning as the dignitaries spoke — Mayor Bill Bogaard, Supt. Edwin Diaz, Principal Rich Boccia — and he told me the bonds were sold at a good rate last fall, and that it’s a particularly good time to cut deals, both on materials and with construction firms who really need the work. When he served in the same capacity on the PCC bond committee in the early ’00s, it was boom time in both our economy and in China, and construction costs were going through the roof.
Now they are headed for the basement. Good luck to the PUSD in getting this project done efficiently for the taxpayers and in getting a full cohort of students there.