School district officials marked a milestone in the construction of Santa Monica High School’s Science and Technology Building Feb. 11, when a ceremonial “topping out” ceremony was held.
The topping out signifies the completion of the structural steel framing of the building. Construction on the new $55 million science and technology facility was initiated in December 2011.
Among those in attendance were Measure BB Advisory Committee member Judith Meister, Director of Facility Improvement Projects Stuart A. Sam, Superintendent Sandra Lyon, Board of Education members, and Samohi Principal Laurel Fretz.
Samohi students, including yearbook and newspaper staff took photographs and documented the event.
“We are excited to commemorate this important milestone in the Samohi construction project and to celebrate the remarkable accomplishments we have made through our efforts of building a sustainable campus,” said Sam.
School officials noted that 25 percent of the 836 tons of structural steel installed for the building was derived from recycled content. The project includes the construction of Centennial Plaza, which will create a gathering space for students during lunch, recess and school events.
The construction of the Science and Technology Building at Samohi, which includes 15 science labs, 18 classrooms, a computer lab, two special education classrooms, auto shop, and I-house administrative offices, is the largest project in the Measure BB program. Outdoor improvements include the reconfiguration of the north parking lot and a 125-space bicycle parking area.
The softball field will be relocated adjacent to the new building and a new main campus entrance will be constructed at Seventh Street and Michigan Avenue.

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