"The Lundgren team has been highly enjoyable to work with, as they have expertly integrated into the college's employee network and established themselves as an integral part of our operational team."
- Julie Hendricks Fahnestock, AIA, LEED AP bd+c, Senior Director - Facilities, Planning & Campus Development at Santa Barbara City College, for which Lundgren was the construction manager for the $13 million modernization of the school's Humanities Building. Lundgren is also currently delivering the college's Humanities Building: West Campus Classroom and Office Building Project, utilizing the CM Multiple Prime method.
I hope this latest edition of the Industry Connector finds you well. Here at Lundgren Management, the year is well underway with a variety of great projects both in process and the horizon.
While it's only spring, it is not too early to discuss an important issue, coming up on the November ballot, that stands to have a tremendous impact on school construction projects: the California Public Education Facilities Bond.
Lundgren is a proud supporter of the California Public Education Facilities Bond, which will provide $9 billion in much-needed funds.
The bond would provide funds that include:
- $3 billion for new K-12 construction
- $3 billion for K-12 modernization
- $500 million for charter schools
- $500 million for career technical education
- $2 billion for community colleges, administered by the state Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
What is even more exciting is that with matching funding at the local levels, this bond could generate a combined $17.5 billion for school facility projects between 2017-2021. This bond will set the stage for some much-needed projects throughout the state, to help ensure California students have the facilities and resources they need for quality education.
You can read the full text of the measure
The passage of this bond would help secure a brighter future for California's students, and that's something I believe we can all agree is a good thing.
The Lundgren team is also looking forward to April 21, when we attend the 24th Annual Awards Gala for the Southern California chapter of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA). We are thrilled to be receiving the 2016 Project Achievement Award for K-12 education projects in the $11-50 million range, for Construction Management of the new
David G. Millen Intermediate School
project for the Palmdale School District. We would like to thank the Southern California CMAA for recognizing all the hard work, dedication and success of our team.
It is very rewarding to have our work recognized in this way.
Newhall School District Project Underway
Work is in full swing to renovate the Newhall School District's Historic Auditorium, with Lundgren serving as Construction Manager for the $4.8 million project.
The School District broke ground on the project at Newhall Elementary School March 4, and demolition and abatement work began the following week.
The project is expected to wrap up by the end of the year, followed by a grand reopening celebration.
Newhall Family Theater for the Performing Arts
, the modernized facility will be a high-quality performance space for both students and the community. Designed by NAC Architects, this is the School District's final project funded by voter-approved Measure E.
The auditorium was built in 1941, and t
he modernization will result in a space with nearly 550 seats, improved acoustics & audio-visual capabilities, a remodeled lobby, expanded stage space and an outdoor patio for receptions.
As the Construction Manager, Lundgren will work closely with all project stakeholders including the School District, Design and Inspection team and all the contractors to ensure there is clear and collaborative communication throughout the process and that work is completed on time and on budget, so this auditorium can once again serve the Santa Clarita Valley Community.
"Lundgren has been with us along the way for numerous projects and we are pleased that the firm will manage this final project under Measure E," Newhall District Superintendent Paul Cordeiro said. "Renovation of the auditorium is the culminating project of multiple years of voter-approved Measure E building projects."
Lundgren Selected for College of the Canyons Canyon Country Campus Project
Recently, Lundgren Management was pleased to be named the Construction Manager for the new Science Center at the Canyon Country Campus of College of the Canyons. This project is particularly significant as it is the first permanent building at the campus, which opened to students in 2007. Lundgren's contract was approved March 23 by the COC Board of Trustees. Construction is expected to being by summer 2017.
The 24,000-square-foot Science Center will add eight labs to the campus, helping expand access to science classes in areas including chemistry, environmental science, physics and more. An additional 34,000-square-foot classroom and student resource center is expected to be built after completion of the Science Center.
The project is designed by Santa Barbara-based KBZ Architects. Lundgren has successfully completed numerous projects designed by KBZ, and we look forward to working with them on taking the COC project from design to reality.
February CASH Conference Covered School Construction, State Bond Initiative, More
In late February, the Lundgren team headed to Sacramento, to attend the 37th Annual Conference on School Facilities held by the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) at the Sacramento Convention Center.
This annual trade show and convention provides plenty of great networking with school officials and our industry peers, in addition to workshops and breakout sessions that keep us up to date on new legislation and issues in the educational facilities construction field. As a construction firm specializing in school construction, this is a very important time of year for us.
Workshop topics included how to minimize cost overruns while maximizing quality; ensuring projects meet state and local water requirements; the future of alternative delivery methods; changes to the law that affect construction; and much more. There was also much discussion of the $9 billion California Public Education Facilities Bond Initiative on the November ballot. If passed, the bond will help fund a wide variety of construction and improvement projects.
Lundgren Cares About the Community
Here at Lundgren Management, we care about building strong community relationships, which is why we're pleased to sponsor the 28th Annual Taste of the Town fundraiser, May 1 at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.
This fantastic event features food & drinks from a variety of local eateries, live entertainment & an auction, to raise money for the nonprofit Child & Family Center. Last year's Taste of the Town drew a crowd of roughly 2,000 people. For information on tickets,
On March 19, Lundgren was a proud sponsor of the College of the Canyons Foundation's Annual Silver Spur Award dinner. This year's award for community service was presented to Jill Mellady, President of Mellady Direct Marketing. Jill is a tireless community volunteer, and Mellady Direct is a valued business partner to Lundgren.
On March 21, we were proud to be a sponsor for the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA's "Fore the Kids" Annual Golf Tournament. This great day on the greens helps raise much-needed funds to assist local children and families in leading healthier lives.
Finally, coming up on May 13, Lundgren is sponsoring the 8th annual "How the West was Won" trap shoot at Oak Tree Gun Club, to raise funds to support Carousel Ranch, which provides equestrian therapy for disabled children. For more information on this great event,
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