Facilities Planning & Construction Management

MUSD boasts the successful completion of many new and refurbished facilities while building ahead.
By Rosalind Cox, Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Management

The Facilities Planning and Construction Management Department oversees the District’s new construction and modernization projects. The department is responsible for the District’s short and long-term facility needs, enrollment and staffing projections, attendance area boundaries and maps, as well as managing all the facility use within the District.

Over the last 5 years, we have been actively overseeing large capital facilities projects. Some of those projects include three new schools and modernizing existing facilities, which have extensively improved the District’s educational, athletic and co-curricular programs.

Matilda Torres High School is the district’s newest high school, sits on 57 acres, is designed to house 2,200 students and is master-planned for future growth to 2,500 students. This campus was built in two and a half years and consists of 10 single and two-story buildings. It includes 21st-century classrooms, career technical education labs, and shop spaces, library/media center, lecture hall, school-based health clinic, dining hall, performing arts theater, large gymnasium, an Olympic size aquatic complex, tennis courts, and more.

Madera Technical Exploration Center (MaderaTEC) is a new 42,000 square foot facility that provides engaging, hands-on instruction in six career-themed labs, selected to align with significant career fields in the region. Students can choose from Manufacturing and Engineering, Agriculture, Health Science, Public Safety, Entrepreneurship, and Digital and Performing Arts. Each career pathway has its own lab with large classrooms between the lab spaces. The school also includes a large shop space for the Manufacturing/Engineering and Agriculture programs, as well as a large lecture hall for all students and staff to use. Generously sized hallways and glass roll-up doors allow for student collaboration. The facility also includes outdoor areas for each lab, including a large area for the Agriculture students to use. 

Madera High School’s oldest building received a complete facelift last year. This allowed for the addition of two new career technical pathway spaces and for an existing pathway space to be modernized. One of the new spaces serves the new Heavy/Medium Truck Service and Repair Program, which includes a huge shop with a lift, alignment rack, tire changer, and wheel balancer to work on large-sized trucks, along with a classroom and storage spaces for equipment and materials. The second new space is utilized by the new automotive pathway, which now has a large shop with various lifts, an alignment rack, and a classroom. The current residential and commercial construction pathway operated at the school now includes a large shop area, classroom, and outdoor covered area. A new entrance created along N Street allows large diesel trucks to drive into the new shop space.

Madera South High School’s track and field stadium received substantial improvements. It boasts a new artificial turf field with cool infill for both football and soccer, and a new all-weather track including pole vault, long and high jump pits, shot put, and discus areas. This modern stadium now includes new bleachers that can accommodate 2,000 spectators. A new press box and two new restroom/storage/snack bar buildings bookend the field, one of which is positioned to serve the adjoining softball field complex. New fencing and ticket booth provide a secured entrance to this new stadium, which can now be enjoyed by athletes, parents, and the community for years to come.

Virginia Lee Rose Elementary School, the district’s newest elementary school completed in 2017, is designed to accommodate up to 850 students. The school sits on 15 acres and is adjacent to the new MaderaTEC. The school has a radial design concept with four classroom buildings, an administration building, and a dining hall. Specifically, the campus has interior corridors to the classrooms, a separate music room with practice spaces, a large library/media center, and 6th grade classrooms equipped to accommodate the science curriculum. 

Current projects, which are in various stages of design / construction include a district-wide solar project, modernizing the Madera High School varsity softball field, construction of the Torres High School stadium, and a new K-8 school.

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