Master Planning for Three High Schools
West Sonoma County Union High School District
Sebastopol and Forestville, Calif.
West Sonoma County Union High School District (WSCUHSD) serves a large rural and suburban geographical area and houses two comprehensive high schools, Analy High in Sebastopol and El Molino High in Forestville, as well as an alternative high school, Laguna, located in Sebastopol.
Following the success of a $25M construction and capital improvement bond, the District retained QKA to prepare a thorough and forward-thinking Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to determine how best to allocate the bond. Workshops were held at each campus to determine specific facility needs and a comprehensive study assessed the current condition of the existing facilities, while identifying additions and expansions to support the educational curriculum and student life.
One of the primary goals of the FMP was to pair the bond funds and available rebate funds from the California Solar Initiative to install a new photovoltaic electrical generation system at each campus, allowing WSCUHSD to gain much needed general fund relief in the form of reduced energy bills that could be redirected towards educational programs and retaining faculty. The expansion plans also addressed the need to improve the physical education and athletic and arts environments throughout the District. The stadiums at Analy and El Molino High Schools received a much-needed overhaul that included the installation of new synthetic turf, bleachers and all weather tracks. El Molino’s successful Performing Arts program will see a new 300-seat Performing Arts Center, which is anticipated to complete in 2019.