School Construction

CA High School STEM Building Topped Off

A California district has "topped off" its new multi-story, $67 million, 83,000-square-foot STEM school. The Los Alamitos Unified School District has laid the last piece of structural framing at the highest point of the building. The steel beam that was placed included handwritten messages, an American flag and an evergreen tree.

The STEM building will be part of Los Alamitos High School. Besides 14 science classrooms and 13 general education classrooms, the facility will feature a robotics lab with maker gear and a computer lab that will accommodate 40 workstations.

Westgroup Designs was selected in 2019 to design the facility. Erickson-Hall Construction Co. was selected in 2019 as the lease-leaseback contractor.

Construction was expected to be substantially completed by May 2022, with occupancy planned for July 2022.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @schaffhauser.