California High School Transforms Admin Building

By Eric Althoff

SANTEE, Calif.—An administrative building that is part of the Santana High School has wrapped a $3 million renovation project. Architect HED worked in conjunction with general contractor Grahovac Construction and construction manager Balfour Beatty to update and upgrade nearly 7,000 square feet of educational space at the school, which is part of the Grossmont Union High School District.

Santana High School’s former Administration Building was renovated so that it was able to support all student services while not disrupting the campus’s existing footprint. Furthermore, the construction was undertaken in such a way that it didn’t disturb the existing walls and columns of the structure.

A new street-facing facade was also part of the renovation, as well as improved wayfinding inside the building for members of the public who visit. New outdoor fencing and gates were added to the exterior as well.

Spaces to be fleshed out on the interior included a reception area, staff lounges and various administration space and offices.

In recent years, Santana High School also added a brand-new $14 million, 21,000-square-foot physical education facility. According to NBC San Diego, that project was just one of many being funded by Proposition U, a $417 million bond that voters passed in 2008, and another measure that was subsequently passed in 2016.

The school has since also added a science building and upgraded security cameras throughout its campus, according to NBC San Diego.