Measure S updates and science center building plans for Villa Park, Orange, Canyon and El Modena High School. With these new Science Centers all but about $80 million out of the approved $288 million will remain for the rest of the four high school campus facilities assuming the highly unlikely no cost over-runs. The new Villa Park facility opened to student in late January 2022. The Orange STEM complex opened in December 2020. Ribbon cuttings for El Modena and Canyon also occurred in late January.
Future Science Land Features:
- $45.2 million, 47,000 sq. ft. Science Center
- 12 Labs (4 chemistry, 8 science), 2 Multi-purpose Classrooms and a living skills suite for moderate to severe special education students
- Drought resistant and native southern California plants
- OUSD decided to replace an existing building instead of building on vacant land or the land with 24 portable classrooms
- 250 new lockers
- Storm water bioretention basin
- New student drop off
- New driveway entry. Nichols St will be converted from a 3-way stop to a 4-way leading into Spartan Way
- The Villa Park future science building will replace the 300 building (Facing Taft, building closest to Center). Temporary units will serve as classrooms during the interim period
- The old building had 10 classrooms and the new building will have 24
- VPHS will go from 24 to 18 portable classrooms
VPHS Science Center design and plans by LPA.
Phase 2 (Future Plans)
Phase two focuses on renovations and modernization of existing structures. The 100 and 200 buildings will be renovated, which are the other two buildings located in front of the school on Taft. Renovations will include replacing stair cases, adding security measures, elevators and renovating the bathrooms. Traffic flow and access points will also be addressed during phase two.
Science Center Presentation at Villa Park City Council meeting:
VPHS Interim Housing Facilities Timeline:
Construction is forecasted to start June 2018 and be completed in early January 2019
- Ground Breaking started November 26, 2018
- Construction is expected to continue through December 2020
- VIP Preview Tour of new facility took place December 16, 2021
- Facility open to students late January 2022
- Schematic Design 4 of 4 Sites Completed Summer 2017
- Design Development 3 of 4 Sites Completed (CHS @ 85%)
- Construction Documents In Progress for 3 of 4 sites
- DSA Submittal/Approval Winter 2017/Spring 2018
- Project Bidding Summer/Fall 2018
- Interim Housing Summer 2018
- Infrastructure Upgrades Summer 2018
- Main Buildings Fall/Winter 2018 ‐ 2019
- 1st Bond Sale June 2018 for $188 million
- 2nd Bond Sale is expected in 2020 for $100 million (voters approved $288 million)
More details on Measure S and the status of each school can be found on the Orange Unified’s Measure S page.
Orange High School Science Center
OHS Science Center design and plans by Lionakis.
Ground Breaking: June 8, 2018.
Expected Completion: End of 2020-21 school year.
STEM Center opened to students in December 2020.
El Modena High School Science Center
ELMO Science Center design and plans by HED.
OC Register coverage on the El Modena Science Center.
Ground Breaking Projected for January 25, 2019.
Expected to open to students in late January 2021.
Canyon High School Science Center
The Canyon High science building will replace the food services and administration buildings plus add 100 new parking spaces, which are not on the approved use of Measure S funds. The administration building will be relocated into the new science building.
CHS Science Center design and plans by GKK Works
OC Register coverage on the Canyon Science Center.
Ground Breaking Projected for May 22, 2019.
Expected to open to students in late January 2022.