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  • Canalino & Carpinteria Family School

    Canalino School, with its aging portable classrooms augmenting the main campus buildings, and the school-within-a-school of Carpinteria Family School, presents a challenge to planners tasked with modernizing, integrating and optimizing the facilities using bond monies from Measure U.

    However, that challenge is being met as input from on-campus site committees, combined with re-designed campus renderings, will soon go before the Division of State Architects for approval to begin construction.
    Perhaps the most significant change on the Canalino campus will be the relocation of Carpinteria Family School from a scattering of classrooms throughout Canalino to a cluster of on the south side of the campus near the district office. CFS will still operate independently and continue sharing the cafeteria and other facilities at Canalino.

    The DSA currently has a backlog of four months, which looks to delay the approval process for construction on the Canalino campus. But work is set to commence this May with the installation of a new fire alarm and “voice evacuation system” at the school, as well as moving portable classrooms to the blacktop area in order to construct foundations for the new, modular Gen7 classrooms that will be brought in next year. Both the fire alarm/voice evac installation and the moving of the portables will happen over the summer months and do not require DSA approval.

    Sophisticated Gen7 modular classrooms, built by American Modular Systems, are central to the Measure U campus upgrades across the district. Energy efficient, LEED certified buildings, constructed from recycled and recyclable materials with low VOC interiors and natural light, the modular buildings save school districts 30 percent in installation costs and energy consumption, according to AMS.

    “We plan to submit our orders for the Gen7 buildings in the next three months,” Measure U Facilities Coordinator Cindy Abbott said. “We will order the buildings for Carpinteria High School, Canalino and Carpinteria Middle School at the same time,” Abbott continued, adding that the buildings for Aliso School will be ordered about six months later.

    Gen 7 buildings feature energy efficiency, lower building cost and thoroughly modern learning environment.

    While factory construction of the Gen7 buildings only takes 90 days, the popularity of the modular systems has created a backlog, and orders now take one year to complete. The Measure U project timeline has the buildings slated for installation at Canalino in the summer of 2018, so despite backlogs, the project appears to be on schedule.

    Canlino School’s library and computer lab will be moved into a new Learning Center of approximately 2,400 square feet in the form of another Gen7 building. That building will be installed near the kindergarten wing on the El Carro Lane side of the campus.

    David Weniger, CUSD’s Director of Facilities and Operations, pointed out that Measure U funds are for facilities and infrastructure only—“anything (that lasts) more than 25 years.”

    In the interest of creating 21st century schools complete with robust IT systems, Cat 6 cables for upgraded wireless technology will also be installed. Existing school buildings, constructed in the 1950s, will get ceiling and wall treatments and new, safer door handles. Weniger noted that the existing buildings are standing the test of time quite well, as opposed to the deteriorating portable classrooms. “Someone really thought about what they were doing when they laid out these buildings” he said, referring to the way the east-west orientation of the angled-roof structures allows for natural light while avoiding direct sun exposure.

    New heating and venting systems and upgraded utilities in most of the campus structures are part of the upcoming work at Canalino. Modernizing the restrooms and adding a restroom to one of the Gen-7 buildings is also a part of the master plan.

    Work has already been completed on the cafeteria/multi-purpose room at Canalino, with new floors and table systems that fold neatly into the walls. Still, the kitchen needs attention—another item on the Measure U to-do list. “We’re working on 1950s flooring,” said Julie Hathaway, Canalino’s Cafeteria Manager. While clearly committed to the students she has served at the school since 1999, Hathaway also said that “things (in the kitchen) are crumbling; things are breaking down. We need more storage, a better refrigerator/freezer—it’s time for a remodel.”

    Measure U construction projects will take place in three phases that roughly correspond to the priorities detailed in the master plan that guided the ballot initiative. An expansion of Canalino’s parking lot along El Carro Lane is a component of the third phase, implementation of which will depend on funds remaining after the higher priority projects are completed.