Issue date: April 28, 1999

Construction starts soon at Hillview School Construction starts soon at Hillview School (April 28, 1999)

**School board awards $7 million contract.


Construction of Hillview Middle School's multi-purpose building and two science classrooms is expected to begin in mid-May on the Santa Cruz Avenue side of the Menlo Park school.

Trustees of the Menlo Park City School District awarded a $7.2 million contract to the low bidder, Pacific Engineering Builders. Bids for Hillview's new construction and renovation project ranged upwards to the highest bid of $9.530 million.

Pacific Engineering Builders was also the low bidder for the renovation of the district's Encinal School in Atherton. "They've been doing "a very good job," said Board President Gordon Lewin.

Hillview is the fourth and final school in the district to be updated with funds from a $22 million bond measure, approved by voters in 1995.

Laurel School in Atherton, the first project, is down to the "last little items" and will be completed in May, said David Coldoff, the district's bond program manager. Encinal's library project is completed and half of the classrooms have been renovated, he said.

"We expect to start framing the new library at Oak Knoll School in early May, and it's scheduled to be completed this fall," said Mr. Coldoff, noting that the rainy weather caused some difficulties and delay.

Mr. Coldoff said the new construction at Hillview includes the multi-purpose building with a gym, lockers, music room and stage as well as two science rooms. Renovation of the school's administration area with an expanded teachers lounge and workroom also will take place during the first phase of the project.

Renovating the existing multi-use room and classrooms will begin after the construction is completed in the spring of 2000.

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