The opening of two new classroom structures and a cafeteria at Jordan High School this winter will mark the completion of the first buildings of a $144 million total renovation of the North Long Beach campus.
Located in the northwest part of campus, the three buildings are expected to be finished by the end of 2016, with students moving in for the second semester, following the winter break.
Then, two more classroom buildings on the northeast part of campus will be demolished and rebuilt within the next two years.
"These five buildings constitute Phase 1 of a six-phase, multi-year plan to completely rebuild the Jordan High campus," said Superintendent Christopher J.Steinhauser. "These buildings are all 60 or more years old and need to be replaced to meet modern safety and design standards."
While the classroom structures are rebuilt, students are learning in temporary portable classrooms, so there is no interruption of instruction. When completed, the renovations will include 400,000 square feet of permanent buildings on the 27-acre campus.
Additional projects at Jordan will include renovation of the media center, administration, band and science buildings, and seismic and accessibility upgrades to the auditorium. Later, the athletic fields will be renovated, and the natatorium will be demolished to make way for a new outdoor aquatic center.
"We view the renovation of Jordan High School as a centerpiece of the vitalization of North Long Beach," said Steinhauser. "The school will serve thousands of students and tens of thousands in the surrounding neighborhoods as a center for the community."