I-Poly High School to expand with new academic building

By Sable Stevens

The International Polytechnic High School will have a more
permanent building to house classrooms for grades nine through
12.

The two-story building will also include labs, administrative
offices and a multipurpose room.

The facility’s site will cover approximately two acres in
Parking Lot K, closest to Kellogg Avenue and adjacent to the
athletic field.

I-Poly signed a 40-year ground lease agreement with Cal Poly and
the Los Angeles County Office of Education, July 20, 2007, but
construction has yet to begin with student occupancy scheduled for
fall of 2010.

“Construction is pending because of the current state financial
crisis and state approval of funding. It is tentatively planned for
May,” said Chi Kwan Fong, facilities project manager.

LACOE is to manage the design and construction of the entire
project and Facilities Planning and Management will provide general
campus collaboration and oversight.

Construction completion is estimated to take 18 months and when
it begins, Facilities Planning and Management foresee no major
impact on traffic with Temple Avenue and University Drive, both
open during construction.

“We will monitor the impact of construction on traffic and
mitigate if there are any issues,” said Fong.

Fong also discourages concerns about student fees rising,
ensuring that funding is not through tuition.

Fong said the project is being funded through both the LACOE and
the school’s facility program as well as the Office of Public
School Construction.

Funds through OSPC were provided by state-wide proposition 1D in
2006.

With Lot K spaces to be allotted to the new I-Poly site, student
affairs is making sure to keep the Cal Poly student drivers in
mind.

“The project, as did the suites project, will take up a portion
of the surface parking. We want to make sure that [at] all times we
have a reasonable amount of parking,” said Doug Freer, vice
president of student affairs. “The master plan calls for a second
parking structure to be built on the current site of I-Poly and
extending down to the Darlene May gym. This will only go into
effect when the demand for parking exceeds the supply.”

Freer said a parking structure is the last resort, since the
cost would be about eight times more expensive than a surface
parking lot.

Students are not thrilled with the idea of I-Poly advancing into
Lot K.

“I absolutely hate that idea. We do not have enough parking as
it is, and they’re already building more suites where more people
have to live and park,” said Savannah Neveux, a second-year
psychology student.

Students who are suites residents spoke about the effect of the
project on their day-to-day routine.

“It doesn’t really affect me because I already live in the
suites and do not have to find a parking spot once or twice a day,”
said Evan Green, a fourth-year chemical engineering student. “For
the commuter student it’s going to be a terrible
inconvenience.”

As for the fate of the current portables that house I-Poly, it
is a very simple plan.

“At this time, the existing I-Poly is planned for demolition,”
said Fong.

Reach Sable Stevens at news@thepolypost.com

I-Poly High School to expand with new academic building

Facilities Planning and Management

I-Poly High School to expand with new academic building

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