Site Master Plan Recommendations

Master Programming Document

San Gabriel Site / MacGregor High School Priorities

The priority list was developed by integrating PTA, Staff, and consultant concerns gathered from meetings. 
At the second staff meeting the design team reviewed each item with the staff. Items shown in green text are items that must be completed with any work done on site. The items shown in red are items that can be moved up or down on the priority list based on site votes. The staff members received three votes to place next to their preferred objectives. The accumulation of votes led to the overall site priorities.

Below is a general description of the three categories for prioritization:

01. CODE COMPLIANCE will have to be satisfied when any work is done on site. This includes adequate bathrooms, adequate ventilation, and California energy efficiency requirements. None of these items were votable as they are all mandatory.

02. FUNCTION is the next priority category andincludes items that support the physical site and building. This includes adequate building systems such as lighting and mechanical, and appropriate low voltage and daylighting. Only basic upgrades are mandatory, other items were shown in red and can move up or down their priority category based on site votes.

03. EDUCATION SUITABILITY is the final priority category and the one most sites focused on. This category focuses on what a site and a building need to support the education curriculum. It includes items such as a fully functional science lab, a staff collaboration space, and storage rooms to remove clutter from the classrooms. 

MacGregor HS priorities

01. CODE COMPLIANCE

Seismic/Fire and Life Safety/Accessibility

A. FIRE ALARM SYSTEM
B. ELECTRICAL MAIN SERVICE AND DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM
C. ENERGY EFFICIENCY / TITLE 24
D. ADA ACCESS- BUILDINGS/SITE
E. FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEM
F. FIRE ACCESS/SERVICE
G. ADEQUATE DRINKING FOUNTAINS/RESTROOMS


02. FUNCTION
Do utility systems work, water, HVAC, drains, electrical, lighting, security, etc.; Are systems standardized 
and maintainable? Is the envelope of the building sound (roof, windows, walls, doors, etc.)?

A. INFRASTRUCTURE

All building systems are to be replaced and upgraded.

B. ACOUSTICALLY SEPARATE CLASSROOMS FROM CORRIDOR

C. DROP-OFF

D. SECURITY

Intrusion alarm system.

E. TECHNOLOGY

Data network, telephone, television, clock/paging; organize, secure.

F. SOLAR PANELS

G. STAFF PARKING

H. MINDFUL BARRIERS TO CREATE OWNERSHIP OF SPACE FOR MACGREGOR STUDENTS

 

03 EDUCATION SUITABILITY
Does the space meet the needs for curriculum delivery (or your facilities educational program)?
This is typically classroom technology, adequacy of classroom, arts, labs and specialty spaces.

A. SCIENCE LAB CLASSROOM

Utilitarian, flexible, can be shared with other site users.

B. COURTYARD FOR MACGREGOR STUDENTS

Space for students to do outdoor work with good lines of sight and a shelter for rain.

C. CLASSROOMS

At least two classrooms on the site, flexible, ceiling mounted projectors, whiteboards, sinks, built?in storage, etc.

D. TEACHERS’ LOUNGE, STAFF WORKROOM, FACULTY RR

E. SPECIALTY OFFICES

Two counseling offices, an administrator office, and a clerical area.

F. MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM

Storage for furniture, flexible.

G. OUTDOOR LUNCH SHELTER

Shared with the site.

H. UPGRADED, OPEN FORMAT CULINARY CLASSROOM

Teaching kitchen with open space for prep tables in the middle of the room. Gas hook up is ideal. Secure storage is required. This space can be shared with the rest of the site users.

I. FOOD SERVICE AREA

J. A LARGE FLEXIBLE CLASSROOM FOR OTHER PROGRAMS

Can be shared with the other site users.

K. SHARED SITE GARDEN

L. SECURE STORAGE

For files, electronics, etc.

 

 

San Gabriel Site / MacGregor High School Recommendations

ARCHITECTURAL

Code Compliance and Safety

Provide an ADA-compliant entrance to the building’s new entry. Working with the City’s Fire Marshal, determine the best solution to provide sufficient fire service for the campus.

The new classrooms are to meet Title 24 National Ventilation criteria if they are designed for natural ventilation instead of A/C. The furnace unit’s fresh air intake ducts are to be replaced to comply with California Title 24.

An alarm system and fire sprinkler system should be installed per current California fire codes.

 

Infrastructure

Replace the existing upflow furnace unit with a new energy efficient unit with fresh air intake ducts that comply with California Title 24. Replace the existing packaged A/C roof top units with new units.

The Kitchen exhaust system and range hoods are to be designed to comply with current California mechanical codes.

Evaluate and provide a new A/C system to accommodate the warmer seasons, high occupancy heat loads, and occupancy comfort control. Evaluate and replace the existing piping system as needed. Provide an earthquake shut-off valve at main building gas meter. Evaluate the main building’s electrical service to make sure capacity meets needs. Install new interior and exterior lighting per California Title 24 energy codes. Install a clock/paging system per District standards or manufacturer recommendation.

 

Site

Examine possibility of connecting site drainage to the public storm sewer. The site will include a shared garden, open space with tables, courtyard, and covered shelter.

 

Buildings

The new campus building will contain a science lab which will be a flexible space, open format culinary classroom with teaching kitchen (shared), specialty offices, two counseling administration offices (that will include clerical and multi?purpose room) (shared), some Middle School classrooms, and some High School classrooms.

 

 

CIVIL

Code Compliance and Safety

The main entrance to the building does not have a compliant ramp. If this building were to remain, this ramp should be demolished and a new permanent accessible entrance should be installed.

Site

The replacement of the campus is the only option put forward. This would involve placing a shared multi-purpose room on the corner of San Gabriel and Brighton Streets with new classrooms along the backside of the campus. The new buildings and parking lot would be subject to C.3 requirements with treatment most likely happening within bioretention areas situated along the San Gabriel frontage.

The site is inadequately protected by the fire hydrant on the other side of Brighton Street. A new onsite fire service should be installed on the campus that would allow fires to be fought by crews on the site. All new buildings would be served by a private service connected to the building fire sprinklers. An emergency vehicle access lane would be located in the new parking lot at the front of the site.

The new buildings would be constructed with an accessible path of travel that would provide access from the public right-of-way throughout the site.

 

 

LANDSCAPE

The following landscape improvements are recommended:

A joint-use farm garden for Albany Middle School, Albany High School, and MacGregor students.

An outdoor classroom pod and campus garden space.

A half-court basketball area with tall planting behind the hoop to catch mis-thrown balls.

Reconfigured parking at the south end of the campus.

Picnic tables adjacent to the farm garden to serve as a lunch area, outdoor classroom, student collaboration, and for the use of farm to table garden programs.

Selective improvements to perimeter planting and at renovated or new buildings.

Typically, landscape improvements shall comply with DSA and California Building Code requirements, including CALGreen, District directives, and Title 23 Irrigation Efficiency requirements.

Paved areas shall be designed for universal access.

Concrete paving shall utilize a mix of fly ash and slag replacing approximately 50% of Portland cement in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide a significant level of recycled material content in the paving, and increase the strength of the finished paving, thereby increasing its durability and lifespan. Concrete shall be non-slip broom or soda wash finish in order to reduce install cost and construction clean up, and will not have lamp black added, to ensure that the paving remains high-albedo and reduce the urban heat island effect over the long-term.

Where appropriate, asphalt paving shall be color coated with high-albedo, slip resistant surface treatments to provide visual interest and reduce urban heat island effect while maintaining usefully large, contiguous paved areas.

Plantings shall be climate appropriate, low water use native and adapted non-invasive exotic plants. Where possible, mowed lawn should be replaced with native, non-mowed meadow, significantly reducing irrigation and maintenance.
Irrigation systems shall be weather aware, automatically adjusted to reduce waste, and meet or exceed state and local irrigation efficiency requirements.

We recommend that although not required, the nine Bay-Friendly Landscape basic practices be followed in order to further reduce irrigation use and maintenance costs, and to protect the local environment. Landscape maintenance staff should be trained in Bay-Friendly Landscape practices. District maintenance practices should incorporate Bay?Friendly Landscape practices which reduce water use, strive to eliminate pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, and tend to reduce landscape maintenance costs. The nine Bay-Friendly practices are:

  1. All soil on site is protected with a minimum of 3 inches of mulch after construction.
  2. Compost is specified as the soil amendment at the rate indicated by a soil analysis to bring the soil organic matter content to a minimum of 3.5% by dry weight or 1-2 inches of compost. If the imported or site soil meets the organic content of 3.5% or more, then the requirement is waived.
  3. Divert 50% of landscape construction and demolition waste by weight. Verify the local jurisdiction’s minimum requirement and reporting procedures for construction and demolition (C&D).
  4. Select and plant vegetation to allow for natural size and shape growth. Pruning for structural integrity and overall health is permissible. Plants adjacent to buildings or established in a row should allow for their minimum and maximum growth potential, according to a reference plant book.
  5. Do not plant invasive plant species.
  6. Grow drought tolerant California native, Mediterranean or climate adapted plants.
  7. A maximum of 25% of total irrigated area is specified as turf, with sports or multiple use fields exempted.
  8. Specify water-based irrigation controllers (automatic, self-adjusting) that includes a moisture and/or rain sensor shutoff.
  9. Sprinkler and spray heads are not specified for areas less than 8 feet wide.

 

 

STRUCTURAL

The new building could be either a wood or steel framed structure. If the building is wood framed, the floors and roofs could consist of plywood sheathing over prefabricated I-joists and glu-lam beams. Walls would be wood framed with lateral forces resisted by plywood shear walls. If the building is steel framed, the floor and roof decks would consist of concrete topped metal decks supported by steel beams, girders, and columns. Lateral forces would be resisted by steel braced frames. The ground floor would be a concrete slab on grade over conventional shallow foundations.

 

 

MECHANICAL / PLUMBING

All mechanical options will require new energy management control system based on the new code requirements.

Plumbing Recommendations 

Provide water conservation type plumbing fixtures.

Mechanical Option 1

Provide floor or ceiling mounted indoor air handling units with economizers and ductwork for each classroom. Provide heating hot water condensing boilers with primary-secondary pumping system and piping distribution system. Provide air handling unit with cooling for the second floor District Office and multi-purpose area. No cooling for the classrooms.

Mechanical Option 2

Provide packaged rooftop air handling units.

 

 

ELECTRICAL

Required Code Compliance and Safety

  1. Provide an automatic fire alarm system to meet current code requirements. There is not an existing operational system on this site.
  2. Replace existing PG&E electrical service and campus electrical infrastructure with new main service and distribution system if campus is modernized.

Recommended Safety Improvements

  1. Replace existing security camera system with a new system that meets current industry quality and standards.
  2. Replace existing intrusion alarm system with a new updated system with door contacts and motion sensors throughout the site.
  3. Provide a clock/paging system on the campus. Paging is important for all-call announcements in the event of an emergency.
  4. Provide exterior security lighting throughout site.

Recommended Upgrades

  1. Replace existing interior and exterior lighting systems with new energy efficient fixtures and multi-switching controls to meet current Title 24 requirements.
  2. Update existing data and telephone systems if campus is modernized.
  3. Provide wireless data drops throughout the site.
  4. Update existing power receptacles in all spaces to meet current ADA height requirements.

Edited: Sara, 5/15/2014
Published: Sara, 5/15/2014