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June 20, 2013

Fixing a hole: Academy of Alameda

Filed under: Alameda, School — Tags: — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

First up, in alphabetical order the Academy of Alameda (Chipman site) which also houses some Nea classrooms. Here’s the basics

  • Year Built: 1965
  • Total Site Area: 4.0 acres
  • Building Area: 44,230 sf
  • 1 Portable: 960 sf
  • Classrooms: 31
  • Identified repair cost: $4,827,963

And the site map:

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Here are some photos of some of the worst problems:

This is the portable where there is foundation dry rot, no site drainage, and there is metal and wood deterioration.   The proposed solution is to replace the entire portable at a cost of $120,000.

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Here is the kitchen that is no longer Health Code compilant.  The oven and mixer no longer work and most of the equipment is at the end of its useful life.   The proposed cost to fix is $145,000.

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Here are examples of how the flooring is completely at the end of its useful life.   To replace all the flooring it would cost in excess of $300,000.   Add to that the walls need to be painted another $220,000 and those are just the inside wall.

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Oh yeah, and there are no cooling systems in the computer labs.   Essentially to fix all the problems at the Academy campus  (on the list) is around $4.8 million.   That’s not a cost to modernize anything, that’s just to fix problems and repair maintenance that has been deferred.


  1. How many bids are they required to take before selecting a contractor? Does anybody know?

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 20, 2013 @ 7:34 am

  2. BTW, these are really great, Lauren. I’m so glad you’re doing this. A picture is worth a thousand words. If only some of our wealthier citizens felt compelled to step in and donate the money for some of these fixes, or people were willing to band together to raise the money the old fashioned way, maybe we could get it done without all the tax increases or at least with less of a tax burden. Unfortunately, we’re burdened with so many rules and regulations, government and AUSD guidelines and agreements, it’s probably not feasible–but it should be. Jon’s suggestion about volunteers seems naive, but is that John’s problem or society’s? Sad.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 20, 2013 @ 7:52 am

  3. Sorry–Jon’s problem. Got it right the first time at least.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — June 20, 2013 @ 8:26 am

  4. lot of repair can be done by using ” I am sorry” maximizing on the public work employees , truth is the school is not interested in saving money , never has , never will or all the jobs like for the one on state unniversities woild be posted on national registry for bid , they are not and we do pay up to the nose ,

    as a curiosity what is the square footage and material used on that flooring does it contain asbestos
    . I will post a real estimate on replacing it .
    this is my challenge to AUSD they have been everything but transparent . You say you have dry rot , there are milliond still unemployed all over California which will do the work at a fraction of the cost here in the bay area , If we can get the Bay bridge built in China we sure can get Unemployed American to fix these building , in the same time we could also look at replacing 1/2 if not all the fire dept with Soldier that came back from Iraq without jobs , let them train with the Oakland Fire dept the one that save AFD everyday and one requirement they must leave in town not Lafayette or San Ramon ……

    Comment by mijoka — June 20, 2013 @ 9:10 am

  5. Lauren – kudos for posting these pics and raising awareness. I’ve been a fan of saving HAHS, but after looking at the above am changing my mind. There’s only so much money, and throwing it at an old building that will ultimately probably never serve as a traditional education facility…..that’s just wrong. High five to you.

    Comment by Sideline — June 20, 2013 @ 9:33 am

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