Window change planned at SBHS

The school district plans to replace 102 windows

RAFAEL MALDONADO / NEWS PRESS PHOTOS
Santa Barbara High School windows at 700 E. Anapamu St. need replacing or repairing.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is to consult with the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission on a proposed $ 1.3 million window replacement project at Santa Barbara High School.

The school board discussed the proposal during its meeting on Tuesday, with board member Laura Capps requesting the item be removed from the school board’s approval agenda to request a consultation with the HLC.

The district consulted with the HLC in 2017 while testing its plans for aluminum-clad windows on Santa Barbara High. The high school building is a historic landmark, but since it is owned by a public institution, the HLC cannot request changes.

Nicole Hernandez, project planner and architectural historian for the city of Santa Barbara, was there to see a test run with five windows. She and her colleagues didn’t think the new windows came close enough to the original wooden windows.

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is to consult with the city’s Historic Landmarks Commission on a proposed $ 1.3 million window replacement project at Santa Barbara High School.

“As a really important building and school, we really think they should be the best game possible,” she told the news press.

On the high school campus at 700 E. Anapamu St., she noticed that the windows at the front of the building could be restored. Others were lazy and difficult to fix.

The current proposal only includes windows on the south facade. The district did not choose to replace all of the building’s windows due to budget concerns, Steve Vizzolini, director of facilities and modernization, told the news press.

Little did Ms. Hernandez know that the district had offered the project or intended to replace 102 windows soon. She said she was surprised when the district did not provide all of the documents requested by the HLC in 2017.

Four contractors submitted bids for the window replacement project and the district found Frank Schipper Construction to be the best value.

The windows cost about $ 4,000 each to uninstall. The remaining $ 863,685 covers project management, demolition, installation, repairs and painting.

Since the windows were painted lead-based paint, hazardous materials demolition is required at a cost of $ 119,020. If the windows are to be restored, the paint must also be removed.

The district decided to replace the windows, realizing that repairs would come at a higher cost. The bond funds from Measure I 2016 will be used to finance the project.

Some of the windows at the front of the building could be restored while others were rotten and difficult to repair. The current proposal only includes windows on the south facade.

In 2017, the district estimated that an aluminum-clad window replacement would cost $ 10,148 per window and an installed wood replacement window would cost $ 11,795 per window. David Hetyonk was the facilities and operations director at the time.

“Windsor windows were chosen because of the experience of the architect replacing similar windows at the historic Carpinteria Junior High School and the successful pilot project replacing windows in a classroom at Santa Barbara High,” said Vizzolini.

He agreed to consult the HLC again before the Board casts its final vote.

The HLC named Santa Barbara High School a historic landmark in 2005. William Henry Weeks, whom Ms. Hernandez described as “a very prominent architect at the time”, designed the building in 1924.

Email: ahanshaw@newspress.com




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