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Groundbreaking for McKinley School Friday, May 10, 2013

Groundbreaking for McKinley School Friday, May 10, 2013


Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Superintendent Jon R. Gundry will join Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard, McKinley School students, teachers and parents, and other district and city officials at a groundbreaking ceremony at McKinley School on Friday, May 10. The ceremony marks the start of phase one of construction at McKinley consisting of three buildings that will house the middle school science laboratories, a gymnasium with locker rooms and a kitchen/lunch shelter.  

Constructed in 1922 and listed on the city of Pasadena’s Architectural and Historic Register, McKinley School has an enrollment of 1,200 students Kindergarten-8th grade. The last significant structural upgrade to the campus occurred in 1937.  

PUSD and the city of Pasadena have entered into a joint use agreement for the new gymnasium. The gymnasium will serve the needs of the school during the day and the community when students are not using the facility. As part of the agreement, the city will be contributing $1.25 million to the project. The remainder of the funds for the $16.3 million project comes from Measure TT funds, a $350 million school bond initiative passed by area voters in 2008. More information on Measure TT can be found at www.measurett.org. 

The new buildings will be arranged along the perimeter of the campus, enclosing a playfield and hard-top court to create a protected inner courtyard for student play and gatherings. Sustainable features such as natural light and operable windows connected to the heating and air conditioning systems are incorporated throughout the design, blending modern technologies with the historic campus context. A new faculty and visitor parking lot and student drop-off will be located along El Molino Avenue.  

Members of the public are invited to attend the groundbreaking. The project was designed by LPA Architects and is being constructed by Sinanian Development. Construction of phase one is scheduled to be completed August 31, 2014.  

SUBJECT:      McKinley School Groundbreaking Ceremony 

DATE/TIME:    Friday, May 10, 2013, 9:30 a.m. 

LOCATION:     McKinley School, 325 S. Oak Knoll Ave., Pasadena 

                       Ceremony will be near the corner of Del Mar Blvd. and S. El Molino Ave. 

PARKING:       Enter on El Molino Ave. just north of Del Mar Blvd. 

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For Immediate Release: May 7, 2013 

 Contact: Adam Wolfson (626) 396-3606, wolfson.adam@pusd.us 

 Pasadena Unified School District, Office of Communications  

351 South Hudson Avenue 

Pasadena, California 91109 

Phone: (626) 396-3606 

FAX: (626) 795-5309 





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