New School in Foster City Elementary
Abbott Project Rendering
Abbott Design Concept
Bayside Project Rendering
Bayside Gym Interior View
Borel Project Rendering
Borel Project Floor Plan
Measure X Bond Update
November 2018 New School in Foster City Update
Dear San Mateo-Foster City School District Community,
I am writing to update you about a decision that the Board of Trustees made in regard to the new school in Foster City.
The San Mateo–Foster City School District made a commitment to the voters who passed Measure X to fund facilities projects to accommodate increased and increasing enrollments throughout the District utilizing bond funding and other limited facilities resources. Westlake Urban and the District have worked together diligently to design a new elementary school in Foster City. The design for this developer-built school has been well received by parents, staff and the Foster City community.
Unfortunately, the continued costly construction environment, especially in the Bay Area, and the uncertainty of further cost increases due to fires, demand for labor, and the impact of new tariffs have created a challenging situation for construction projects in general. At this time, Westlake Urban and the District have been unable to agree on terms that would limit the District's exposure to further cost increases.
Westlake Urban has recognized the impact of cost escalations and has recently offered the District an option to purchase the property only. At the November 15, 2018 Board meeting, the Board of Trustees unanimously elected to move forward with the option of the land purchase only. This option means that the District will acquire the property together with the design and all construction documents. In addition, the State and other approvals have been obtained and the documentation for the District to bid the project are in process. Westlake Urban will move forward with the demolition of the vacant shopping center, complete agreed upon soils mitigations and grade the site. The cost of this option includes the original purchase price for the land, all work completed to date and the cost of work to be completed by Westlake Urban.
Westlake Urban will complete the demolition and grading of the site after which the District will take title to the property and the District will begin to advertise for bids for the new school project. If financial parameters are met, the District expects to award a construction contract early in the new year.
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
The new facilities projects at Abbott, Bayside and Borel Middle Schools and the new elementary school in Foster City will enter a much-anticipated stage of actual construction in 2018. Reaching this point has come after months of school and community input about location and design and careful work by the architects and engineers charged with designing the new facilities.
These four projects comprise Phase I of Measure X passed by Foster City and San Mateo voters in November 2015 to provide classrooms and other needed facilities for current and projected increases in student enrollment. The four Phase I projects are:
• A fourth elementary school in Foster City to be built at Shell and Beach Park (see New Elementary School in Foster City - July 2018 Update)
• Adding classrooms and gym at Abbott (visit the Abbott website for more information on the project)
• Adding classrooms and a gym at Borel Middle School (visit the Borel website for more information on the project)
• Adding a gym at Bayside STEM Academy (visit the Bayside STEM website for more information on the project)
Once detailed construction documents are completed for each of these projects, they are submitted to California’s Division of State Architect (DSA) for review and approval. The estimated time between submission and approval is six months.
The Phase I projects are experiencing a very competitive construction environment. All new projects, regardless of whether they are publicly or privately owned and financed, have experienced cost increases. The District’s four projects are no exception and the District’s Board of Trustees has had several discussions over the last year about cost increases and how to reduce the costs of the projects while providing the needed facilities and keeping the District’s commitment to the voters for all eight of the Measure X projects. These discussions and decisions will continue through the bidding process for the projects.
Planning will begin in 2019 for Phase II of Measure X which includes projects for:
• Adding classrooms and replacing the administration/support services building at Bowditch Middle School in Foster City
• Adding classrooms and new multipurpose rooms to George Hall and Sunnybrae Elementary Schools in San Mateo
• Building a new elementary neighborhood school on the College Park/Turnbull Children’s Center campus
The most current information about our Measure X projects can be found on this website. Please check back frequently to monitor our progress.
Joan Rosas, Ed.D.
Measure X Updates
- September 2018 Updates
- July 2018 Update
- January 2018 - Measure X Update - Middle School Gym & Classroom Projects at Abbott, Bayside & Borel
- March 2017 - Measure X - Phase I Project Update
- November 2016 - Measure X Bond Update
- November 3, 2016 - Press Release - SMFCSD Announces Successful Culmination of Negotiations for a Fourth Elementary School in Foster City
- June 2, 2016 - Board Meeting Presentation - Measure X Bond Project Implementation
- June 2, 2016 - June 2016 Update
- November 2015 - Measure X Thank You