Henry M. Gunn High School Central Building project complete
By: Alten Construction Company
Alten Construction began working on the $21 million project, which consisted of a new two-story central building and the upgrade and modernization of the existing Spangenberg Theatre, in May 2017. The school's music building and old library were demolished prior to the start of construction, and the 39,000-square-
Situated in the center of campus, the new Central Building has five new classrooms for the media arts and social science programs, as well as areas for student activities. A wellness center is located on the second floor with space for guidance, counseling and psychologist offices.
A 35-foot vertical Performing Arts Center sign attached to the front of the Central Building serves as the focal point of the project, which also features bright pastel exterior color on cement plaster, extensive glass windows and a second-floor roof radius, providing an overhang for the lower level and balcony.
"It's really the first thing you see," said Noel Stenberg, project manager for Alten Construction. "It definitely catches your eye. It's a pretty substantial upgrade both aesthetically and in terms of modernization."
As part of the Spangenberg Theatre modernization, Alten Construction built two large band and choral classrooms and other smaller instrument practice rooms, which will further enhance the school's music and performing arts program. The addition also includes an improved lobby, offices, restrooms and instrument storage space.
Both of the music rooms feature special upside down pyramid-shaped ceiling panels, acoustical wall panels and acoustic doors.
"You don't see this kind of room every day," said Stenberg. "It's different from your run-of-the-mill classroom. I think that the students and the school are going to enjoy the new modernized student center building and new upgraded theatre building. It's almost like a new quad area, and I think it'll be an exciting new gathering place for students."
About Alten Construction
Founded by Bob and Shannon Alten in 1995, Alten Construction not only offers a full range of commercial construction services but is also a licensed builder, with its own shop, carpenters and construction laborers. Alten Construction serves public and private clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with a personal touch.
Over the past 20 years, Alten Construction has grown from a small public works company to employing more than 100 people with annual revenues of $115 million. From tenant improvements to historic buildings to fire stations and schools, the company's experience is extensive, and it completes superior and high-quality projects with leadership demonstrated at all stages of a project.
Alten Construction is committed to green building practices, and the firm has LEED Accredited Professionals on staff. Dedicated to the community, Alten Construction partners with small, local businesses and develops construction professionals through its internship opportunities and in-house training. The commercial construction firm is also affiliated with Marin Builders Association and the North Coast Builders Exchange. For more information, visit www.AltenConstruction.com or call 510-234-4200.
Alicia King Robinson