It is the single largest new capital project in Ravenswood's history and calls for two new buildings at the front of the campus at 2450 Ralmar Ave. Half the school is open to its 567 students during construction, which is expected to be completed in December 2023.
The district's first building, which is two stories, will include seven classrooms and a media center that looks out onto two courtyards.
The second building, which is one story, will create a single point of entry for the school. It will include four new classrooms as well as a new cluster of student-service offices where students can meet with various support staff. The plan also calls for renovating all remaining classrooms.
"It's a more cohesive, unified design," said Chris Bradley, a senior associate partner with SVA-Architects, who helped design the school.
When the middle school opened in 2017, it shared the campus with Cesar Chavez Academy. The 2019-20 school year marked the first year that the school operated as only one entity, exclusively serving sixth through eighth grade.
The project, initiated by the school board's facilities committee in 2015, is funded through the $70 million Measure S bond passed by voters in 2018.
The school district is also partnering with Palo Alto's Magical Bridge Foundation to build a playground at the middle school site. The nonprofit creates and develops playgrounds for people of all abilities.
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