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News - October 2, 2013

Hillview field reopens

by Barbara Wood

Soccer balls should once again be flying on the playing field at Hillview Middle School.

The field, originally scheduled to open for use in December 2012, was finally completed, for the second time, on Sept. 27 and was ready for use on Monday, Sept. 30, according to Ahmad Sheikholeslami, facilities director for the Menlo Park City School District.

The field completion was initially delayed in 2012 due to a wet winter and other problems, Mr. Sheikholeslami said. It opened last March, but problems were soon discovered and it was closed at the end of the school year for repairs.

It turned out the field was not level and did not drain properly — problems, Mr. Sheikholeslami said, that occurred because a subcontractor did not follow the architect's specifications on the field's construction.

The district asked to have the entire field rebuilt. "We wanted to ensure that the completed work met our requirements and (was) the highest quality. Even having to rip out the field and redo it, that's what we had to do in order to make sure that we got the product that we had paid for," Mr. Sheikholeslami said.

"The general contractor stepped up and has made the repairs. They have borne the cost of those repairs," Mr. Sheikholeslami said. "The district did incur some costs with inspection and oversight," and the contractor is going to be asked to pay those costs as well, he said.

In the meantime the school's students having been getting exercise by using the basketball courts, gym and dance studio at their new middle school. "The PE teachers have created a curriculum around the spaces they had for physical education," Mr. Sheikholeslami said. The city and other groups that use the field also found other venues for their activities.

The Hillview campus at Santa Cruz and Elder avenues was completely rebuilt in a project that began in summer 2010. Work on the campus, except for the playing field, was completed in time for school to open in 2012.

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