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Measure EE: Mira Costa Gym Replacement Project

Welcome to the Mira Costa Athletic Complex Virtual Grand Opening! 
The Mira Costa High School Athletic Complex is a 71,200 square-foot facility featuring a 20,500 square foot 3-court competition gym with a capacity for 2,100 spectators. The facility also includes an 8,000 square foot auxiliary pavilion gym with a sweeping panoramic view of the football field and East Manhattan Beach. In addition, the building features 4 locker rooms, 6 team rooms, a 1,200 square foot/60-person large classroom, two sprung-floor flex rooms, a 3,500 square foot weight room that opens to the outdoors adjoining Waller Stadium, a 3,200 square foot wrestling room, a state of the art training room, an auxiliary weight room, an auxiliary training room, and a variety of conference and office space for coaches and staff. Additional features of the building include an entry way that pays homage to Mira Costa’s rich athletic tradition, including a ceiling feature created out of wood from the original floor of Fisher Gym, space to highlight the program’s tradition of success, and a Hall of Fame spotlighting some of the outstanding athletes and programs that illustrate the legacy that forms the foundation of the Athletic program as it exists today.
We can't wait to welcome people into the new MCHS Athletic Complex in person, but in the meantime, here's a video glimpse into this amazing new facility (click here). Thank you to the Manhattan Beach community for making this possible
Mira Costa Athletic Complex 1-29-2021
Please see the photos and timeline below for an update on the Mira Costa Athletic Complex to date. If you have any questions on this project please send us an email at [email protected].  Thank you!
Dr. Ben Dale's Virtual Tours:
Time Lapse Videos:
  1. Demolition of Mira Costa Gymnasium (12/31/18 to 1/22/19)
  2. Grading & Site Work - Mira Costa Athletic Complex (2/6/19 to 3/1/19)
  3. Lower Pad & Rebar Work (4/15/19 to 5/15/19)
  4. Lower & Upper Gym (5/10/19 to 6/5/19)
  5. Lower Gym (6/21/19 to 7/25/19)
  6. Upper Gym (6/22/19 to 7/30/19)
  7. Pavillion (zone c) 8/28/19 to 9/18/19
  8. Observation Deck & Field Level Weight Room (zone a) 9/5/19 to 9/18/19
  9. Staff Office Area (zone b) & Pavillion (zone c) 9/20/19 to 10/2/19
  10. Staff Office Area (zone b) & Pavillion (zone c) 10/7/19 to 10/23/19
  11. Zone B (3-court Gym) 12/17/19 to 1/9/2020
  12. Pavillion & Main Gym - 2/13/20 to 2/24/20
  13. Zone A (Field Level) - 2/21/20 to 3/3/20
  14. Pavilion (Interior Work) - 3/31/to 4/25/20
  15. Site Work - North Side of Gym June 2020
Where We Are: 
  • March 15, 2021: While unable to officially open due to COVID-19 restrictions, the new Mira Costa Athletic Complex is virtually introduced to the community (click here)
  • October 7, 2020: The Board approves LLB Amendment #6 with Balfour Beatty establishing a new project completion date of November 16, 2020 to adjust for the added Photovoltaic scope of work. 
  • July 29, 2020: The Board approved using a portion of the contingency funds available to purchase and install solar panels over the main gym.  
  • July 22, 2020: The Board approved LLB Amendment #5 with Balfour Beatty establishing a new project completion date of October 16, 2020.  This later date is due to several COVID-19 related impacts on deliveries and subcontractors, as well as the sewer line revisions required.
  • May 1, 2020: The scaffolding is starting to come down! Much of the exterior tile work is completed, interior drywall and finishings are in progress. Please see Dr. Dale's virtual tours and the time lapse videos above.
  • March 2020: Drywall, tiles, and other interior features are happening! Dr. Dale is clearly getting excited to be getting closer as you can see in this virtual tour of the lower level (click here).
  • February 2020: Balfour has updated its construction schedule showing what elements have been completed, and the timing for the remaining work. The schedule can be found here.
  • September 2019 to January 2020: With framing complete during this period the construction team has finished grading, installed mechanical, electrical, and plumbing elements throughout, and, over the next few months will be focused on interior and exterior finishing. 
  • August 2019/September: Lower and Upper framing continues (it is starting to look like a gym!). See time lapse video links above.
  • June - July: With the pads completed, framing of the MCHS Athletic Complex is underway (see photo rotation above).
  • May 2019: Lower pad and initial rebar work is under way.  See latest time lapse video here: Lower pad & rebar work.
  • April 2019:  Concrete foundation work has begun! See photo gallery for images of the work that begun on 4/17/19. 
  • March 1, 2019:  Site preparation and grading work is underway for the new Mira Costa Athletic Complex.  Please see the latest time lapse video for the period 2/6 through 3/1/19 here:  Grading & Site Work - Mira Costa Athletic Complex
  • February 15, 2019: Groundbreaking! Please join the MBUSD staff, community members, and our design and construction partners as we officially enter the construction phase for the new Mira Costa Athletic Complex.  Details may be found here:  Groundbreaking Program and Press Release.
  • Demolition of the Mira Costa Gym has been completed (Feb. 2019). A time lapse video of the process may be viewed here: Demolition of the Mira Costa Gymnasium
  • December 3, 2018: Gym shut down.  Salvaging, abatement and demolition begins.
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 PM: Final game (boys basketball) to be played in Fisher Gymnasium. All welcome to attend to celebrate 60+ years of history and recognize athletes, alumni and former coaches in attendance during halftime.
  • November 26, 2018: Community announcement with current construction calendar. 
  • September 28, 2018: DSA approval received for Mira Costa Athletic Complex.
  • April 2018: The District is waiting for DSA feedback and approval on plans submitted on February 26, 2018.
  • February 7, 2018: The Board approved the construction documents, cost estimates and alternates for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex. Gensler has an appointment scheduled with DSA to submit construction documents on February 26, 2018. Recognizing that there is still a degree of uncertainty about the project costs, especially due to potential cost escalation and market fluctuations, the team will propose a construction document package for submission to DSA that will include some program reductions but maintain others as alternates that will provide provide budget flexibility, allowing the District to make cost decisions with the final bid numbers in hand, while also keeping the project on schedule. (2/7/18 Board Presentation)
  • On November 6, 2017 the Board approved Resolution 2017-28 adopting the Negative Declaration for the Mira Costa High School Gymnasium project and and approving the Notice of Determination. By this approval the Board has directed staff to file these findings with the County of Los Angeles and the State Clearinghouse, initiating the 30-day statue of limitation for challenges to the CEQA document while simultaneously moving forward with the project.
  • September 19, 2017: MBUSD, under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) has prepared an Initial Study for the Mira Costa High School Gymnasium replacement project.  Based on this Initial Study, MBUSD determined that the proposed project would have no significant adverse impacts on the environment and a Negative Declaration is appropriate.  The CEQA documents are available for public review during the 30-day public review period from September 19, 2017 to October 19, 2017 at the District Offices, Mira Costa High School and the Manhattan Beach Public Library.  Documents are also available for review here: MC GYM CEQA.  Public comments on this Negative Declaration and the Initial Study will be accepted through October 19, 2017.
  • August 16, 2017: Gensler presented the conceptual design for a four-court gymnasium.  Designs are targeted to be completed and submitted to the state for approval by the end of 2017. (8/16 Board Presentation)
  • June 7, 2017:  Gensler presented preliminary schematic designs based on "Scheme 1. This included progress to date, including plan development, a preliminary cost model, and a design approach to align project plans with the cost model. (6/7 Board Presentation)
  • May 9, 2017:  The Board held a visioning workshop to get community input (positive and negative) on various pictures of local and national projects in regards to materials, forms, daylighting strategies, spatial qualities, and overal designs. Gensler will take this feedback into consideration as they develop the design. 
  • May 3, 2017:  The Board approved Scheme #1 and the proposed program presented by Gensler (5/3 Board Presentation) outlining the scope, needs and functions to be supported by the new facility, and the rough project footprint.  The Gensler team will move into the schematic design phase of the project. 
  • April 26, 2017: Board Workshop Presentation materials prepared by Gensler (project architects)
  • April 26, 2017:  Gensler to present initial design and layout concepts at Board Workshop
  • April 19, 2017: MBUSD issues RFP for Preconstruction and LLB CM Services for the Mira Costa New Gym construction.  Additional information on this RFP can be found on MBUSD's Bids and Proposals web page.
  • March - April 2017: Gensler is holding ongoing sessions with MBUSD Staff & Students, MBX, City of Manhattan Beach, and the entire community to gather pre-design input.  Two of these sessions were open houses, open to large groups of stakeholders/the community:
  • March 1, 2017: Gensler awarded contract to provide architectural and engineering services for the Measure EE Mira Costa High School Gymnasium Project.
  • February 13, 2017: As a result of this interview process, Gensler emerged as the panel's top recommendation for award of the Measure EE MCHS gymnasium replacement project, pending negotiation of fees and other terms and conditions of the agreement.
  • December 2016: District published a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide architectural and engineering services for this project. In late January the District received 21 responses to this RFQ; seven of these firms were advanced to a first round technical interview process.
  • November 8, 2016: Voters approved Measure EE, a $39 million bond measure which will provide funding to replace the outdated and undersized gymnasium at Mira Costa High School.