New Oak Knoll classrooms are “green”

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 10, 2010

New buildings at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park

The  new Oak Knoll 4th/5th grade classrooms and multipurpose facility are expected to be completed by the end of June.  The new buildings include many “green” features such as cool roofs, natural lighting, energy efficient mechanical systems, high recycled content materials, no formaldehyde products, low VOC materials and furniture, and water efficient fixtures.

The end of the new construction does not mean an end of work at the school. The next phase – removal of portable classrooms, modernization of existing rooms, and reconfiguration of the field, play structure, hard court area, and back parking lot – is characterized as “extensive and intense” by Menlo Park City School District officials. It will get underway when school lets out, with completion targeted for December 2010.

The District promises to “work closely with the contractor to minimize impacts to the [immediate] neighborhood,” which has seen its sidewalks clogged with construction vehicles for over a year. An informational meeting is planned for Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 pm in the Oak Knoll library. Progress reports are available via email by signing up for the District mailing list.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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James Lathe May 11, 2010 at 4:59 am

I first attended Oak Knoll entering first grade in 1957. Oak Knoll was kindergarten through 8th grade at that time. I would love to see an “Oak Knoll through the years photo montage, if it could be assembled. I am not being cruel here, but this construction seems like this is the first “real” upgrade since I attended Oak Knoll. Come on folks, prove me wrong!

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Linda Hubbard Gulker May 11, 2010 at 8:22 am

Believe this is the first renovation. Hillview and Encinal are also getting renovated.

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