From the 1996 BHS Master Plan: "KEY GOALS"
The following goals were identified in workshops in 1996.
From the 1996 BHS Master Plan: "Five Year Action Plan"

Adoption and funding of the Five Year Action Plan proposed here will provide high school facilities ready for the next century of educational, physical and social challenges. The academic campus will be complete, woefully inadequate physical education facilities will be replaced, new front door facilities will rescue a tarnished image in the City, and the campus will be "safe, warm, dry and accessible", consistent with community goals.

A Complete Academic Campus  A series of new buildings along Milvia Street, housing academic, administrative, gathering and physical education uses, will complete the sense and the reality of an academic campus at the High School. All academics will be gracefully housed on the north half of the campus. Systems, such as telecommunications, will link the full campus. Design, massing and location of buildings will seek to balance the strength of the landmark buildings along Martin Luther King. And, a new model for low maintenance, high quality public space design will be set with initial plaza improvements.

A highlight of the completed academic campus will be the Campus Center at Milvia and Allston (Building A), including a new Library/Media Center, Classrooms, On-Campus Food Service, and consolidated Administration functions.

Attractive, Flexible PE Facilities  Located in two new buildings along Milvia, with support functions in Building B, a new physical education mini-campus will take shape, with a front door on the academic campus and an invitation to explore the activities on the southern half of the campus. The goal is to bring the High School proudly into the network of competitive sports and at the same time invite every student to reach their physical potential as an integral part of campus life.

An alternate layout, combining pool and gym in one building, may also be considered in place of two separate buildings.

In addition, the working team recommends High School and District participation, along with the City and other interested parties, in the best possible solution for replacement of the warm water pool facilities now on the campus. A site is being held on the campus. A comtribution of $300,000 toward a new facility is being budgeted. And, commitment of personnel effort will be provided to participate in a city-wide solution.

A New Address in the City  The new High School entry on Milvia Street at Kittredge will establish a new image and new address in the City. Gone will be the ugly fence and temporary trailers. Rather, attractive new buildings appropriate to the Civic Center will line the street inviting entry and encouraging more intensive student use of the campus itself. The new entry will be flanked by the administrative offices and new gym facilities, offering potential for both a warm welcome and appropriate oversight of campus entries.

Full Service, Secure Campus  With the completion of the Five Year Action Plan, food service can be returned to campus, security can be efficiently provided (whether on an open or closed campus plan), and essential improvements for this decade will be in place. Naturally the achievement of a campus which is "safe, warm and dry" will require continuing diligence and maintenance over the years ahead.

Still to be Completed  Even with the completion of the Action Plan, essential long-term improvements to the High School campus will remain on the drawing boards. These very important improvements still in need of funding curently include:

Some of these projects may be undertaken as and when funding becomes available. Some others, particularly the removal of parking from the Campus may depend upon successful negotiations with off-site partners. A list of future projects with potential costs is listed at the end of this report.

From the 1996 BHS Master Plan: "Next Steps"

While the focus of the Five Year Action Plan was to determine a set of actions that could realistically be funded and completed in the near term, the importance of a long-term vision for the Campus was not lost sight of at any time during the process. The working group and consultants were committed to building an alternative that was incremental in its contribution to campus improvements, and did not foreclose future options.

The list below (not show here) identifies some elements that were part of the broader Action Plan Component List in the initial phases of this process but were deferred for future consideration, to accommodate projects felt to be of more immediate concern.

Some actions such as partial and full demolition of Building 'B' (costing $-------- or $---  million respectively) and replacement of functions elsewhere were considered and rejected as not feasible. Other actions such as transfer of tennis courts into the main campus, campus-wide site improvements and some building rennovations were not included in the present round but could be revisited in the future.

While availabilitiy of funds is a critical issue, a number of pivotal decisions on-campus may also depend upon successful future partnerships for solutions off-campus. This may involve the warm water poool, faculty/staff parking, or the myriad of opportunities for linkages to other City improvements and facilities in the Civic Center area and beyond. The continuation of dialogue between potential off campus partners and District and Campus administrators may open a channel of opportunity for evolving mutually beneficial solutions to these issues.

The consultant team recommends that the working group continue its availability to this process - as initiators of this dialog, as overseers of the Five Year Plan implementation, and eventually as formulators of the next set of campus improvement projects.
In the master plan, A table enumerating "next steps" appeared here.  Every listed in that table - with the exception of off-site parking - is either included in the Milvia Street Building, has already been constructed, or is an identified project with funds associated in the Measure AA spending plan.

From the 1996 BHS Master Plan: "Acknowledgements"

BHS Working Group
Superintendent, BUSD Jack McLaughlin Parent Bill Savidge
Principal, BHS Lawrence Lee Parent Terry Bloomsburg
Board Member Lloyd Lee Parent Gail Keleman
Board Member Ted Schultz    
Associate Supt, BUSD Nancy Spaeth Student Lucas Frei
Associate Supt, BUSD Cathy James Director of Facilities Steve Wood
Faculty, BHS Phillippe Henri Facilities Planning Lew Jones
Faculty, BHS Janice Hunter General Services Judson Owens
Faculty, BHS Joel Hildebrand Food Service Elsie Lee-Szeto
Faculty, PE Rep, BHS Mary Lee Carey City of Berkeley Andrew Thomas
Classified BHS Rep Sylvester Harper    

Consultant Team

Simon Martin-Vegue Winkelstein Moris (SMWM) Karen Alschuler
Sam Assefa
Sowmya Parthasarathy
Anne Kastel
Hanscomb Associates Inc. Manny Cohen
Zaif Ismail

Information procurement by  Citizens' Contruction Advisory Committee