Big building projects at Woodside School, Library

Both projects may be underway this summer

If all goes as planned, two major construction projects will be underway in Woodside this summer at Woodside Elementary School and across the street at the Woodside Library.

June 12 is the last day of school at Woodside Elementary School. On June 13, workers will begin preparing the campus for construction -- a lot of it.

The entire campus, except for the school office and the tennis courts, will be fenced off and closed to the public for the summer. That means no adult summer softball league (which will be at Barkley Field), no use of the playing fields or playgrounds, no summer camp or class activities, no parking for the public and no farmers' market.

At the same time, construction is scheduled to begin on a remodel of the Woodside Library, located right across Woodside Road from the school. That project hasn't received final approval, but the tentative schedule is to have the library close on June 15 with construction starting on July 2 and expected to continue through February 2016.

The plans for the library remodel will leave the exterior largely as is, except for closing in front porch area; but will reconfigure the interior for more flexible use and make code and other upgrades such as handicapped bathrooms.

Parking in the area, always tight, will be even tighter during construction with the lots at the school and the library closed. The lots are used after hours and on weekends by visitors who come to Woodside to hike, bike or walk their dogs; and on Sundays by churchgoers.

During the summer, according to Mike Wassermann, a vice president with Capital Program Management, which is managing the school construction, work will start on three major projects at the school: a new preschool, a new design lab, and a new multi-purpose auditorium.

Mr. Wassermann said the school should also complete several renovation projects during the summer including roof replacements, drainage improvements and work on underground utilities.

The school construction is funded by a $13.5 million bond measure passed by the voters in June 2014 and by donations raised by a Woodside School Foundation capital campaign.

Most of the school campus will reopen on Aug. 19 when teachers return to get ready for the Aug. 25 start of school. The preschool is scheduled to be completed by Sept. 15; the design lab by Sept. 29; and the new auditorium by March 15, 2016.

During the summer, the school office will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 15 to 30, and from Aug. 3 to 19, but will be open in July by appointment only, by calling 851-1571.

Mr. Wassermann said the school will abide by the town's regulations that allow construction only from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Woodside's deputy town manager and town engineer Paul Nagengast said the town is not yet sure when the library parking lot will be closed for construction. The town may loosen restrictions on Woodside Road parking for special events, he said. Albion Avenue, which has restricted parking near Woodside Road, could also be used if additional parking is required, he said.

Go to the school's website for construction updates.

Email to direct questions or complaints to the school.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by gunste
a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm

Finally a sensible schedule for the Wooside project:" June 15 with construction starting on July 2 and expected to continue through February 2015. " Completed before they start.

Like this comment
Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Fixed. Thanks for pointing that out.

Like this comment
Posted by Parent
a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 16, 2015 at 9:05 pm

Let's just hope the school does something to alleviate parking woes, such as staggered start and end times for dif grades.

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Downtown Palo Alto gets new Vietnamese eatery
By Elena Kadvany | 12 comments | 6,096 views

More Stupid Plastic Food Things
By Laura Stec | 22 comments | 3,015 views

Composting Works
By Sherry Listgarten | 2 comments | 1,693 views

On Metaphor and Mortality
By Aldis Petriceks | 0 comments | 958 views

No sand toys, no problem
By Cheryl Bac | 2 comments | 278 views