Major Events of the Building Program
CCAC Meetings, Discussions, Products
Pre-programming at Berkeley High
Minutes were kept. A rigorous needs assessment was accomplished. Via the meetings the staff began the necessary facing of trade-offs. An ancillary outcome was the decision to demolish rather than repair "B" building, a leap of faith by the BHS staff. An RFP for the old gym rehab was published to architecture firms, submissions received, firms interviewed and an architect selected - Akol & Yoshii. The pre-programming culminated with a one-afternoon "planning game" hosted by ELS architects and an internationally-recognized facilitator, Henry Sanoff. This was attended by much of the high school staff and by others. It was well documented. ("Old Gym Pre-Programmming Workshop Summary, June 20, 2001," still available as a Pagemaker file on CD. It yielded several alternate schemes for the rennovation of the Old Gym, the focus of the exercise. A summary is on the pre-programming website http://www.busduse.org/oldgym.
Consequence: None Immediately after the conclusion of all this, the BUSD administrative "guard changed" and Lew Jones returned from vacation. The entire initiative was put on ice - in fact deeply frozen in ice. There was destined to be no movement on any of this for more than two subsequent years. The architect firm Akol and Yoshii was dismissed. The rehab of the old gym itself - the principal rationale of bond measure AA - came into question. The residue of this effort can be seen on the "Master Planning" website. This has been maintained as a repository of BHS master planning information, updated now and then. It includes artifacts of many BHS master plans, including 1937, 1994, 1996, 1999, and as well as this 2001 effort. The information there is is still of interest, and a cautionary tale to all who clamor for master planning of BHS. However, the large amount of voluteers hours expended by CCAC vanished without other consequence.
Architect Selection Policy
Tracking the Implementation of BB
Other discussion topics:
Member Omar Baltan offered a a broad critique of aspects of the building program from his perspective as a former facilities manager for another District. Via simple devices such as a tabular computation of "square foot per student" at the various K-8 schools he made a case for the need for the District to "tighten its belt" and resist "program inflation" type cost increases in the projects. Omar called for a full "construction audit" of the building program.
Presentation of "Annual Report"
At the Jan 9 presentation the Board indicated the list of topics which particularly interested them. These included:
In the first couple meetings of the year the committee attempted to take up the "topics of interest". To the list the chair suggested added "Review of BUSD's experience with construction management firms." Member Matt Taecker drafted a letter to the BUSD sup. (Sept 24, 2002) outlining a process for considering the disposition of surplus properties. Member Tom Rose addressed a letter to the committee with substantial recommendations on Energy Management at BUSD (June 24, 2002) Both Matt's and Tom's letter received some discussion.
District's Focus at this time: Not on Facilites
The designated "items of interest" were periodically discussed at CCAC meetings. But other than the letters mentioned, no "homework" was done; hence no report-out was generated. The slowdown in the building program yielded a perception of reduced interest and urgency in BUSD about building -related issues.
In April the committee visted the King contruction site and viewed the appalling structural negligences in the exposed 20's era wall and floor framing..
Waiting on the CFS "Capacities Study"
BHS: Alarms re: Food Service and other Planning Issues
Meanwhile, BHS repeatedly was discussed by the CCAC. A typical agenda item: "The Facilities Planning Gridlock at BHS." Related issued, not all of which received discussion, included: BHS and the relationship of students and Berkeley downtown; The superintendent's desired to close the campus; the fate of the community theater; the Warm Pool; the facilities implications of small schools.
"Release" of the CFS "Capacities Study"
"Campus Green" for BHS was authorized by the Board. Design awarded; construction completed.
In the spring, the Milvia Street building of Berkeley High at last opens.
Modernization of the main building of King Middle School is completed.
Jan. 7 CCAC authored a response to the Capacities Study, "BHS and K-8 Capacities Topics: Response and Counter-Analysis." The memo carefully analyzes the CFS study of Dec. 2002.
Feb 27 meeting. (From this period onward the Facilities deparment lacked staff support so CCAC minutes were no longer recorded.)
Modernization of Franklin site is completed and the Adult School relocates to it.
RFQ for South of Bancroft Planning; firm selected; planning begun in the fall.