Grant Union High School Modernization

A lesson in improvement


Twin Rivers Unified School District

Sacramento, CA


Kids and teachers alike in this northern Sacramento district were suffering from substandard facilities, replete with creaky casework, outdated safety systems and hazardous materials. Now, this district is at the top of its class with updated facilities—and even has assistance paying for it.

In all, painting, pin-board wall covering, floor covering, new gym lockers, new fire alarm systems and more were involved across 13 high school and junior high campuses. To keep things moving smoothly and efficiently, Harris combined work at paired high schools and junior high schools throughout the course of the project, allowing for joint use of interim housing used as temporary classroom space during construction.

Harris & Associates was responsible for all aspects of this program, including program development, design oversight, project management and budget oversight. Specific tasks included:

  • Preparation of budget proposals and needs assessments
  • Funding procurement
  • Master planning, implementation, tracking and reporting
  • Design management, biddability and constructability reviews
  • Onsite construction management of new construction projects and modernizations
  • Management of individual projects
  • Resolution of final costs
  • Obtaining warranty, operation and maintenance data
  • Facilitating training of District maintenance staff

Core Elements

The five-year, $378 million program included:

  • Updates to meet ADA compliance
  • Mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • Voice and data distribution
  • Architectural restorations
  • Hazardous materials abatement
  • Casework refurbishing
  • Installation and removal of interim housing

Beyond the Blueprints

The new construction and modernization program was funded in part through the California Office of Public School Construction Hardship, which supports districts with students facing an imminent threat to their health and safety.

Harris saw just how dire the situation was and pitched in to help, providing invaluable assistance in the district’s securing two additional bonds worth $304 million to help pay for this vital project.