BHS South of Bancroft Project is in final stages of completion with the remodel of the boiler room in the Donahue Gym and the paving of the campus extension of Bancroft Way.
Update: September 2014
The South of Bancroft Project is in the final stages of completion, two weeks ahead of schedule and $6,600,000 under budget. The M Building contains 15 classrooms, a PE Gym and a 4,000 square foot Fitness Center. The classrooms are home to the World Languages Department and the Arts and Humanities Academy (AHA), one of Berkeley High’s small schools. The building was opened for classes in spring of 2014. The South of Bancroft Project also included a courtyard for basketball and other activities, a regulation softball field, and the Jacket Stadium which was completed in 2012. More details are here in a press release from Septemember 11th.
Save the Date: Berkeley High School invites the community to a BHS South of Bancroft Open House on Saturday November 15, 2014 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.
BHS South of Bancroft Project Aerial View at Southeast Corner
BHS South of Bancroft Project Manager: Van Pelt
Architect: Baker Vilar Architects
Construction Scheduled to Begin: Currently Underway
Proposed Completion Date: September 2014
Funding: Measures A, AA & Measure I
- BHS South of Bancroft Site Committee (with representatives from community, parents and students, teachers and staff, Bond Oversight Committee, City of Berkeley)
- Community meetings
- Approvals required: The Division of State Architect (DSA) and the School Board
Berkeley High School actually began work on this in an earlier plan with the construction of the Jacket Gym, regulation size swimming pool and the dance studio in the Milvia/Allston Way building, which opened in 2004.
Those spaces were designed to replace some of the spaces in the old gym that was demolished in 2012. All of the work on the South of Bancroft Project to date have been funded by Construction Bond Measures A and AA, and now will be completed with Measure I of 2010.
In 2004 the planning process for the work south of Bancroft began, with a series of community meetings and the creation of a BHS South of Bancroft Construction Committee, involving BHS staff and administration; parents, students and community members. The project includes the space where the old gym currently stands and all of the athletic space on the south side of the campus.
The new building has begun construction in Fall, 2012, and will include a soft gym, a 4000 sq. ft. fitness center and other athletic spaces, and 15 new classrooms. The rest of the south end of campus will include a softball field and an open space, doubling as an outdoor atrium for events and activities.
BHS South of Bancroft Project Photo Update – November 2013
See inside the building and more in this photo album.