Landels Elementary construction

2020-21 Construction Projects

(Funded by Measure T)

construction postcard graphic
Click here for a postcard describing Landels' projects

Click here for a postcard describing Landels' projects (Spanish/español)

Measure T, the $259 million bond issue passed in 2020, included plans for a variety of projects that will increase safety, efficiency and provide for short-term growth at our schools. 

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Security/Perimeter Fencing
The District is planning on improvements on perimeter fencing and adding gates to completely enclose campus and fields in order to secure campuses and make COVID screening more efficient. Fencing and gates would be ornamental metal to match existing at campus frontage and 6’ high chain link fencing and gates at property lines and back of campus. 

The purpose of fencing is to control points of entry during school hours. It’s important to note that the public will have access to fields outside school hours. The intention is to secure campuses when students are present, and have gates open through a lock management system in the evenings and on weekends. 

Landels plans include a new six-foot metal ornamental fencing around the library building, new gate at the office entrance, and six-foot metal fencing at the end of the classroom wings near the parking lot toward the MUR. A new gate will be added in the back at the entrance of Mercy Avenue, and six-foot fence around the outside edges of the field and along the Stevens Creek Trail side of campus, securing the entire field.

Construction dates: Summer 2021

Security/Perimeter Fencing - January meeting

We scheduled an additional meeting for our school community and neighbors on January 12th . Please click here to view the results of the online exchange of ideas during the meeting. MVWSD wants to make sure we have heard all of the considerations so that we can further improve the proposed plan and build consensus around a design that works for stakeholder groups. 

Security/Perimeter Fencing Maps

Click here for the perimeter fencing map
Community Meeting Presentation 
Click here for perimeter fencing concerns and answers

fence postcard graphic
Click here for the notification postcard sent to neighbors in December (English)
Click here for the notification postcard (Spanish/Español)


HVAC
Replacement and improvements of HVAC equipment is scheduled this summer in mechanical closets and in classrooms, offices, MUR across the campus. Our schools’ HVAC systems have been updated to include MERV-13 filters, which is the highest-grade filter available for our units, or air purifiers with filtration ratings at least as high as the MERV-13.   Additionally dampers on all of our units are open to full capacity and will pull in outside air.

Bipolar ionization, a new technology, is another safety measure MVWSD plans to add to its upgraded HVAC system. Bi-polar ionization installation was originally planned for 2021-2022. Due to it being new technology, first, we will test its efficacy and safety before full installation. The District will pilot a test of a Global Plasma Solutions (GPS) bi-polar ionization system and conduct an independent test of the air quality in a district classroom in comparison to a standard classroom. At the same time, we'll continue to research best practices to address not only COVID 19 but also maintain safe air quality in our schools during fire season. The results of the testing and the data from all solutions will be reported to the Board in August 2021.

Solar
Landels will get two solar arrays near the playground structures. Not only will these structures support solar panels to save the district $600,000 annually in electrical costs, they will provide much-needed shade. Some non-heritage trees will have to be removed to make way for the arrays, but MVWSD will replant two native trees for every one removed.

Project start: Summer 2021. Click here for the solar areas map. 

Lighting
New lights and/or bollard style light posts to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots will be added. The areas of need are determined by photometric data. This additional lighting is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons. Project start: Fall 2021

Public Restrooms
Landels will purchase and install a prefabricated, standalone toilet building. The unit will be maintained by the City and may be used afterhours by the public. This is an important security measure to ensure adults are not mixing with children in student restrooms. Construction scheduled for November 2021 to February 2022. 
Click here for the restroom project presentation

Window Replacement
The District will replace existing, older single pane windows at Landels in 2023.

New Classroom Building
In 2023-24, the administration building and 2 classrooms will be demolished to make way for construction of new 2-story 15,000 SF building to house administration and ten standard size classrooms. This project will house some of the short-term growth that predicted for Landels. The project will include temporary housing for administration and classrooms displaced during construction and reconfiguration of pickup/drop-off area and parking along West Dana St.

2017-19 Classroom Modernization and a New Multi-Use Room

(18-month project funded by Measure G)

Summer 2019 
Accessible ramps were installed at classroom doors. District-owned portable classrooms were refreshed this summer,  meaning they will get new paint, carpet and whiteboards. Unused, leased portable classrooms will shuttered, and removal of these portables will happen in summer 2020. The school got a new sign in the front. This sign, paid for with Measure G funds, will include accurate school and district names. Funding for construction and capital improvements, like school signs, come from restricted funds that can be used only for that purpose. The District used an innovative approach to piggyback on existing, competitive local government contracts to lower the sign cost and expedite installation.
In summer 2020, construction was completed on Landels’ inclusive playground, replacing the middle play structure. Landels Elementary received funding for an all-inclusive playgrounds from Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to build an appropriate, inclusive play space for the medically fragile children who attend MVWSD. Truly inclusive playgrounds far surpass Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) minimum requirements, with smooth surfacing, and custom-designed climbing, sliding, swinging, and spinning zones that improve balance, spatial orientation, focus and motor skills. The design supports recreation and social interaction for people with autism, sensory challenges, cognitive, developmental and physical disabilities – as well as those without special needs.

January 2019
The conversion of the old MUR to library and special education rooms is complete. 

During Summer 2018
The classroom modernization, administration office reconfiguration, and expansion of one kindergarten classroom was completed by the end of summer 2018. The modernization and renovation of the existing multi-use room into the new library and two special education classrooms started in Summer 2018 and will be complete by winter 2018. 

Containers to house classroom furnishings and materials during the summer were delivered in mid May and placed on the blacktop at the back of the school. Improvements to the school parking lot also happened over the summer, with the goal of making traffic flow safer and more efficient.

Over the 2017-18 school year
Construction work was concentrated behind the fence on the MUR, which is set to be completed in June. Work was finished on the creation of the MUR site pad, digging of the footings, installation of foundations, and hanging of steel. 


Landels construction chart


As you know, the District has worked very hard over the years to do the work, funded by Measure G, to make facilities improvements and renovations at every school a reality.

Click here for the summer construction postcard update, May 12, 2017 (en español)

What each phase will look like (click to enlarge)

Landels phase map


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