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Facility Projects Continue to Make Progress During Distance Learning
Posted 6/9/20

While students continue with Distance Learning through the remainder of the school year, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) facility staff continue to make progress on construction projects at various schools.

See below for the status of current construction projects and projects in the planning phase. 


Corona Del Mar High School Security Fence

CdM Fencing

The project consists of replacement of the existing six-foot chain-link along Mar Vista Drive and Vista Del Oro with a new, permanent eight-foot chain-link fence. Trees along this section will also be removed, however they will be replaced upon completion of construction. 

Additional enhancements include:

  • Installation of permanent fencing along the perimeter of the school. 
    • Some sections will continue to be chain link fencing, while other sections (front entrance to the high school, student parking lot - adjacent to the pool and Learning Resource Center (LRC), and parts of the fencing near the baseball field/middle school entrance) will have ornamental fencing. 
  • Construction of new sidewalks throughout the campus to allow for pedestrian traffic within the interior and exterior of fence perimeter. 
  • Reconfiguration of the school bus pick-up/drop-off along Mar Vista Drive to allow construction of additional sidewalks.
  • Reconfiguration of the student parking lot near the pool and LRC for accessibility enhancements.
  • Construction of a new entry structure at the athletic entrance adjacent to the pool and LRC.

Completion anticipated by the start of 2020-2021 school year.

Corona Del Mar High School Sports Fields

CdM Field

The project consists of two lighted synthetic sports fields, one with a rubber track. It also includes bleachers and scoreboards as well as fencing, gates and pathways.

Completion anticipated by Summer 2020.

Ensign Security Fence & Parking

Ensign Fencing

The project includes a variety of construction upgrades, including:

  • Replacement of temporary fencing with permanent fencing
  • Reconfiguration of the existing parking lot
  • Construction of an additional parking lot along Irvine Avenue to accommodate approximately 45 parking spaces
  • Construction of a new drop off zone at the front of the school. The drop off zone, as some have called the “banana lot”, includes a one-way drop-off/pick-up lane which minimizes traffic congestion on City streets, and approximately 20 parking spaces
  • Remodel of the front office to improve visibility and access 

Construction began in March 2020 and will continue through summer 2021, with the following revisions:

  • Maintain the existing memorial tree in the entry plaza
  • Replace removed trees at a ratio of at least one-to-one
  • Create additional enhanced outdoor student gathering areas within the campus
  • Offer to plant additional trees and shrubs in the city right-of-way along Cliff Drive to help to shield parking lot view from nearby residents

Estancia High School 50-Meter Pool

Estancia Pool

Project includes infill of the existing Estancia High School pool and installation of a new 50 meter pool and support facilities. The project will be phased into two increments. 

  • Increment 1: Construction of the pool only
  • Increment 2: Construction of supporting tenant improvements for the locker rooms, new team rooms and athletic support spaces.

Construction of Increment 1 is complete. Increment 2 is under construction was complete in May 2020.

Newport Heights Elementary Parking Lot

This project includes parking lot reconfiguration to improve pedestrian safety, add parking stalls, and beautify the front of campus at Newport Heights Elementary School.

Construction is expected to begin on June 20, 2020 with anticipated completion by the start of the 2020/2021 school year.


Costa Mesa and Estancia High School Tennis Courts

Replacement of tennis court chain link fencing, including posts, footings and chain link mesh. New gates and concrete walkways, where necessary, for access. Resurfacing and restriping improvements as well as relocation of electrical to underground distribution.

Construction is underway and completion is anticipated by the start of 2020-2021 school year.

Estancia High School Theater

Planning continues on a new theater for Estancia High School, which is expected to include a new 350 seat theater, black box, lobby and support spaces.

Newport Harbor High School Aquatic & Practice Scoreboards

Replacement of NHHS aquatics center and practice fields scoreboards. Aquatic scoreboard to be replaced with new building mounted scoreboard. Practice field scoreboard to be replaced and relocated to increase visibility from practice field areas.

Construction is underway and completion is anticipated by the start of 2020-2021 school year.

Newport Harbor High School Home Arts

Project includes modernization of the existing courtyard in the middle of the Home Arts Building at Newport Harbor High School. This includes improvement in accessibility, drainage, landscaping as well as the kiln yard, equipment and roof structure.

Newport Harbor High School Softball Batting Cage

Replacement of single lane batting cage with new two lane batting cage. Batting cage will be chain link with interior sports netting to match the batting cages at other District schools.

Construction is underway and completion is anticipated by the start of 2020-2021 school year.
Visit the Facility Project Webpage for additional information.