Students and teachers waiting to occupy Palo Alto High School's new two-story classroom building and Media Arts center will have to wait a little longer.
Completion date for the two buildings originally set for June 2013 is now more likely to be "sometime this spring," said Bob Golton, a district official managing construction under the $387 Strong Schools facilities bond passed in 2008.
Workers from Taisei Construction Corp. remain on the job despite a lawsuit, currently wending its way through Santa Clara County Superior Court, over $1.65 million in disputed costs. The June 2013 lawsuit, in which Taisei alleges that delays and required rebuilding were caused by the district's "unbuildable" design elements, is in the fact-finding phase.
An exact occupancy date for the buildings remains uncertain, Golton said. The classroom building is "significantly ahead" of the Media Arts building, he said.
"In the last week or so they've averaged maybe 45 or 50 workers a day, which is lower than they had in the fall but higher than what they had in December and early January," he said. "Their latest revised (completion) date for both buildings is Feb. 21.
"We're continuously monitoring their progress and trying to assist them in finishing."
Paly's math and social studies departments will occupy the 27 classrooms in the two-story building once it's completed.
The Media Arts building, visible from Embarcadero Road, still needs considerable interior painting, plastering and electrical work, Golton said.
The combined budget for both buildings was $17.1 million.
Once the buildings are completed and the construction staging area cleared, Golton said, groundbreaking is expected for a new $24.4 million Performing Arts Center, also on the Embarcadero edge of the Paly campus.
The center will include a 583-seat theater, a lobby with restrooms, tickets, concessions and a gallery area as well as classroom and storage space.