Castro Elementary construction

2020-21 Construction Projects

(Funded by Measure T)

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Click here for a postcard describing Castro's projects

Click here for a postcard describing Castro's projects (Spanish/español)

Measure T, the $259 million bond issue passed in 2020, included plans for a variety of projects that will increase safety, efficiency and provide for short-term growth at our schools. 

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Replacement and improvements of HVAC equipment was completed this summer in mechanical closets and in classrooms, offices, MUR across the campus. Our schools’ HVAC systems have been updated to include MERV-13 filters, which is the highest-grade filter available for our units, or air purifiers with filtration ratings at least as high as the MERV-13.   Additionally dampers on all of our units are open to full capacity and will pull in outside air.

Fencing/ Perimeter Security
Improving perimeter fencing and adding gates to completely enclose campus and fields in order to secure campuses and make COVID screening more efficient. Fencing and gates would be ornamental metal to match existing at campus frontage and 6’ high chain link fencing and gates at property lines and back of campus.  The construction timeline for this project is Fall 2021. 

The purpose of fencing is to control points of entry during school hours. It’s important to note that the public will have access to fields outside school hours. The intention is to secure campuses when students are present, and have gates open through a lock management system in the evenings and on weekends. 

Castro will get a six-foot ornamental metal fence gates added to the two back/fire lane entrances to campus. Extension of the height of the existing field fence on Latham Street (runs from the preschool to Castro school) from 4 feet to 6 feet. This improvement to the existing fence is for the purpose of securing the Castro/ Mistral campus. It is separate from any future fence project that dedicates play area to the preschool. 

Click here for the perimeter fencing map (user friendly)
Click here for perimeter fencing concerns and answers
Castro/Mistral/Latham community meeting presentation

Castro/Mistral's solar arrays near the schools' courtyards are almost complete. Not only will these structures support solar panels to save the district $600,000 annually in electrical costs, they will provide much-needed shade. Some non-heritage trees will have to be removed to make way for the arrays, but MVWSD will replant two native trees for every one removed.

Project start: Summer 2021. To view the map of solar array areas, please click here. 

New lights and/or bollard style light posts to illuminate pedestrians’ path of travel between campus and parking lots will be added. The areas of need are determined by photometric data. The project includes refinements made as a results of feedback from residents during community meetings and Board of Trustees meetings.  This additional lighting is an important safety measure for staff members and guests using the campus in the evenings and winter late afternoons. Project start: Fall 2021

Additional Storage
New approximately 400-square foot sheds/storage areas are in design currently. The intent is to match adjacent buildings. 

Public Restrooms
Castro/Mistral will purchase and install prefabricated, standalone toilet buildings. The units would be maintained by the City and may be used afterhours by the public. This is an important security measure to ensure adults are not mixing with children in student restrooms.
Click here for the restroom presentation

At Castro Elementary, this summer there was removal of existing pedestrian rated paving adjacent to the existing 2 story classroom building and installation of new vehicular rated paving. Work onsite took place from July to August 2021.

2016-18 New Campus

(24-month project funded by Measure G)

Castro/Mistral construction postcard, May 2018 (En español)

Summer 2019
Construction on the play structure additions was completed.  The school got a new sign in the front. This sign, paid for with Measure G funds, will include accurate school and district names. Funding for construction and capital improvements, like school signs, come from restricted funds that can be used only for that purpose. The District used an innovative approach to piggyback on existing, competitive local government contracts to lower the sign cost and expedite installation.

Summer 2018
Castro Elementary completed construction in August 2018. It has new classrooms, a new library and a multi-use room.  

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Castro Dedication - August 2018

Castro dedication postcard, English
link to August 2018 Castro Dedication Postcard English

Castro dedication postcard, Spanish
link to dedication postcard, Castro, Spanish

Summer 2018
All of Castro and some of Mistral's teachers packed and moved to new classrooms over the summer. 

The former Castro/Mistral multi-use room on Escuela was torn down to make way for the Mistral kindergarten wing construction. The new kinder wing was completed in December 2018. 

Additionally, Escuela Avenue in front of the school underwent construction as part of a separate City of Mountain View project. The Escuela parking lot was renovated to increase traffic flow and improve safety. 

Castro construction chart

The District has worked very hard over the years to do the work, funded by Measure G, to make facilities improvements and renovations at every school a reality. The results will be amazing. There will be new and updated classrooms, libraries and MURs. However, construction requires extra accommodations. We appreciate your support and understanding as we take one step closer to improving each of our schools for our students, staff and community.

Construction fencing is for you and your children's safety. Stay clear and play only in designated areas.

During the 2017-18 school year
Construction on the new Castro School continued behind the construction fence. Castro school steel framing happened in the fall of 2017, and roofs were installed. 

Completed in 2016-17
A village of temporary housing portables was created in December 2016 for use for 18 months for classrooms, education areas and offices to be used during construction, the removal of the existing portables and the demolition of the back wing of classrooms currently housing transitional kindergarten and other classes. 

In February 2017, demolition of the existing buildings occurred on the south-east side of the campus to make way for the construction of the new Castro Elementary School and shared Multi-Use Room and Library.

In February 2017, the Toft Street parking lot and turn-around was closed. There is no public access for parking or drop off to Castro/Mistral from Toft for the next 16 months.

Modernization of 16 existing classrooms is complete. The frame for the new Castro School has been walled in, and the MUR frame is erected.

Schedules are subject to change. Check back for updates here.

Phased construction maps
Phase 2 Phase 4

Castro construction postcard, Sept. 2016  (En espanol)

Castro construction postcard, Nov. 2016 (incluye Español)

Click here for the summer construction postcard update, May 12, 2017 (en español)


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