Progress continues on a major construction effort to improve the athletic facilities at South Pasadena High School.
The demolition of the interior of the main gymnasium is nearly complete and restoration work will soon follow. A new floor will be installed along with new baskets, bleachers and mechanical systems – air conditioning and heating. The locker rooms and team rooms will also be constructed using a portion of a $98 million bond measure earmarked for improvements throughout the district.
Outside construction will include new tennis courts, seating for spectators, batting cages, visitor bleachers, a field house, a storage area, park-like landscaping and separate film and training rooms.
In addition, separate offices for SPHS coaches and referees, and resurfacing the floor of the practice gym, or the one not used for games, are part of the project. It will also be “repainted and cleaned up,” said South Pasadena Unified School District Geoff Yantz.
“It’s exciting to see what is happening,” added the superintendent. “It’s going to be finished in August, and before we know it we will be offering a restored facility to the community.”
The project is expected to take 10 months. “If we don’t have a deluge of rain this winter, we should be fine,” said the superintendent. “We’re excited by how it’s coming along.”
Yantz said the adjustment for practices and games to be played at South Pasadena Middle School hasn’t been easy, “but hats off to the coaches, players and everybody involved,” he explained. “The have been very patient. It has been a good experience in that sense. Obviously, we wish things were very smooth, but it’s not an easy situation to consolidate the middle school programs and the high school programs and all the various needs in that respect.”
In addition to the athletic department project, the exterior of the high school is being repainted.
Construction continues at the local middle school on a new black box theater, replacing the old gymnasium on campus.
LED lighting of the interior and exterior of the middle school is now complete.
“There’s a lot going on,” stressed Yantz.