By Eric Althoff
RIALTO, Calif.—Administrators and members of the public gathered recently with personnel from Southern California general contractor Erickson-Hall Construction Co. to commemorate groundbreaking for the modernization project at Eisenhower High School in San Bernardino County.
Erickson-Hall, which has extensive experience in the educational construction sector, will build from scratch nearly 55,000 square feet of classroom space, as well as install patios, walkways, parking areas and electrical car charging stations. Renovations at Eisenhower will also entail enhanced technological capabilities as well as exterior “collaboration spaces.” Courtyard landscaping and irrigation improvements are also part of the overall plan for the site.
“Eisenhower High School students, staff and the general public will benefit from this new construction project,” Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila, school superintendent, said during the groundbreaking ceremony. “This construction will open opportunities for enhanced learning and open-space concept instruction. We are pleased to partner with Erickson-Hall for this project knowing their exceptional work delivering like-projects for nearby districts.”
Erickson-Hall is working with designers Bernard Jester and Juan Cantoran at Ruhnau Clarke on the job, which is estimated to take somewhere between one-and-a-half and three years all told.
“We are honored to be entrusted with the responsibility of transforming Eisenhower High School into a modern campus that will inspire generations of students to come,” Erickson-Hall President Mat Gates said of his firm’s contract. “We recognize the significance of this project and the impact it will have on the community, and our team is excited to start work. Together, alongside Eisenhower High School and the Rialto Unified School District, we hope to create a space that will foster creativity, innovation and academic excellence for every student that uses it.”
Erickson-Hall has delivered approximately $1.5 billion in K-12 and higher education projects. The firm, which provides preconstruction and construction management services, operates throughout Southern California.