The San Mateo Union High School District wishes to extend its gratitude to the voters and taxpayers of our District for their support of Measure L - a $385 million general obligation bond to make improvements to facilities across the District. On December 17, 2020, the Board approved a bond project list and bond issuance schedule which served to launch projects under Measure L.
Moody’s Investors Service maintains a Aaa rating on Measure L. This is the best possible rating for a general obligation bond and reflects the District’s ability to repay debt. This means Measure L is a solid investment for our taxpayers in addition to being a great investment for the future of our students and their schools.
On May 4, 2023, the Board heard an update on Measure L summer projects.
San Mateo High Breaks Ground on New Gym
Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 16 to celebrate the start of construction on the new gymnasium at San Mateo High School! More than 100 people attended the ceremony which included the SMHS PepBand performing with retiring director Attilio Tribuzi!
Construction of the San Mateo High gym will include a new building totaling approximately 20,085 square feet to be constructed on the site of the existing tennis courts. The new facility will include a gym area, team and training rooms, classrooms and additional support spaces. Designed by longtime District partners Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and managed by Greystone West, the new gym will bring San Mateo High into greater parity with other District schools, meeting the needs of the student body as well as the larger community. Construction is scheduled for May 2023 through January 2025.
Ceremony guests were welcomed by SMHS Principal Yvonne Shiu, Athletic Director Jeff Scheller, Board Vice President Ligia Andrade Zúñiga and Citizens Oversight Committee member Erica Lyons.
Thanks to Trustees Teri Chavez and Jennifer Jacobson, Superintendent Randall Booker; Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black; former Superintendent Samuel Johnson, former board member Peter Hanley, and Foster City Councilmember Stacy Jimenez for joining us. John Dybczak of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects; Mikael Estrada of Greystone West; and Anthony E. D’Amante of Lathrop Construction Associates were in attendance.
The District wishes to express its gratitude to the voters and taxpayers for their support of Measure L, a $385 million general obligation bond for improvements to facilities across the District.
Burlingame High Breaks Ground on New Gym
Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 17 to celebrate the start of construction on the new gym at Burlingame High School! More than 100 people attended the ceremony.
Construction of the new Burlingame High gym includes a new building totaling approximately 37,492 square feet to be constructed on the site of the existing gym. Designed by longtime District partner Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and managed by Greystone West, the project replaces an outdated facility and includes a main gym and an auxiliary gym on the second floor of the new building as well as locker rooms, physical education offices, a wrestling facility, lobby, storage and support spaces. Construction is scheduled for May 2023 through January 2025.
Ceremony guests were welcomed by BHS Principal Jen Fong, Board President Greg Land, Citizens Oversight Committee member Erica Lyons and Student Service Commissioners Daniel Hilt and Bridget Lauren Navarro.
Thanks to Trustees Teri Chavez and Jennifer Jacobson; Superintendent Randall Booker; Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black; CBO Yancy Hawkins; former Superintendent Samuel Johnson, former Board Member Peter Hanley, and former Burlingame High Principal Paul Belzer for joining us. John Dybczak of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Mikael Estrada of Greystone West and a team from BHM Construction were in attendance as well.
The District wishes to express its gratitude to the voters and taxpayers for their support of Measure L, a $385 million general obligation bond for improvements to facilities across the District
San Mateo High School Tennis Court Relocation & Baseball Improvements Project
In May 2022, the Board of Trustees approved a Project for a new gymnasium to be constructed on the existing tennis courts at San Mateo High School, resulting in an additional Board approved project to construct seven new tennis courts, two lighted, and the replacement of the existing displaced batting cages at San Mateo High School. Also included in the project are safety improvements to the baseball and softball fields to include completion of the perimeter fence and construction of two new bullpens. A scoreboard and complete perimeter fence will be added to the existing softball field.
Transite Panel Projects at Aragon, Hillsdale and Mills
In October 2021 the Board of Trustees approved $56 million for general work on the transite panel projects at Aragon, Hillsdale and Mills High Schools. The project involves installing new exterior surfaces to each of the schools to encapsulate non-friable encapsulated asbestos panels to improve sustainability and the appearance of the buildings.
Work began in the summer of 2022 at Aragon, Hillsdale and Mills High Schools that will encapsulate transite panels to improve sustainability and improve the appearance of buildings. Projects at these schools also include replacing window glazing to reduce school energy costs. These projects are continuing through the summer of 2023 and are expected to be complete by August 2023.
At Aragon, the work allows for encapsulating interior and exterior transite panels and the replacement of window glazing for energy efficiency. New wayfinding signage is being installed. Design elements will be modernized to emphasize important points of entry and improve the overall aesthetic at the school. The estimated project cost for Aragon is $18,872,420.
At Hillsdale, transite panels are being encapsulated, and window glazing is being replaced with dual panes for energy efficiency. The school’s lift was replaced for access compliance and concrete will be refinished throughout the school. Exposed structural elements and surfaces are being painted throughout the campus. Exposed steel was painted to match the school’s new color scheme. Guardrail panels have been replaced throughout the campus. Roll-up doors are being replaced. Skylights will be installed to allow natural light to increase visibility and safety. The estimated project cost for Hillsdale is $ $20,804,097.
At Mills, interior and exterior transite panels are being encapsulated. Window glazing is being replaced for energy efficiency. Signage will be added and roll up doors will be replaced. Logo graphics and signage will be added to welcome students to the Home of the Vikings! The site plan also calls for organic pathways and sail-shaped shade structures on the Murchison Drive entry. The estimated project cost for Mills is $16,354,241.
Mills Sports Complex Ribbon Cutting - March 2023
About 300 of Mills’ students, educators, parents and community members turned out to the school on March 16 under a cloudless blue sky to celebrate at a rescheduled ribbon cutting event to unveil the school’s sports complex. Construction included new baseball, soccer, softball and multi-purpose fields and new tennis courts.
Capuchino Celebrates Completion of Sports Complex at Ribbon Cutting - November 2022
About 200 of Capuchino’s educators, students, friends and fans celebrated the completion of construction of Capuchino's Sports Complex on November 28, 2022.
The facility includes new baseball, soccer, softball and multi-purpose fields and new tennis courts as well as new sports lighting throughout.
Summer 2022 Completed Projects
In the summer of 2022 work was completed on:
- Burlingame Building A HVAC and Roof Replacement
- Hillsdale Domestic Water Pipe Replacement
- District-Wide Public Address System Project
- District-Wide Path of Travel Lighting Project
Field Renovations at Mills and Capuchino High Schools - Completed October 2020
Construction began in May 2020 at Mills and Capuchino High Schools to provide dramatic improvements to fields and stadiums at the schools. The project at Capuchino replaced the grass field with synthetic turf at the school’s stadium field.
The project at Mills included the same synthetic turf of the school’s stadium field. Synthetic turf fields are less costly to maintain. They reduce a large carbon footprint created by natural fields and allow teams to practice and play even if the weather is inclement. These projects will bring Mills and Capuchino into greater parity with the other four comprehensive schools in terms of facilities. Both stadium projects were budgeted at $2.3 million each and were completed in October 2020.
Surveillance Cameras - Completed June 2020
In June 2020 work began to install new surveillance cameras at schools across the District. The Board of Trustees is committed to providing a school environment that promotes the safety of students, staff, and visitors to school grounds. The Board also recognizes the importance of protecting District property, facilities, and equipment from vandalism and theft. The total cost for the project was $1.6 million. Work was completed over the summer of 2020.