The bathrooms, offices, and classrooms are essentially complete as to the installation of flooring, cabinetry, ceilings, lighting, and plumbing. Each room is somewhat unique, and the cabinetry and equipment installed should provide a great deal of function for our faculty, especially in the science and art areas. Unlike our current classrooms, each room in the building can be separately temperature controlled.
The last elements remaining to be completed include doorframes and doors, locker installation, finish coats of paint, landscape plantings, and furniture installation. Final city inspections will occur over the coming few weeks and we are confident the building will be ready for occupancy when students return from the holiday/new year break.
The second phase of the project which will include a gymnasium, lockers, theatre, music rooms, and food service will commence right after the first of the year. We are in our second round of plan checking with the City of Newport Beach and are currently bidding/contracting for various components of the project. There have been significant cost escalations in the construction industry over the past year or two and our second phase is not immune to those pressures. The BOT and construction team feel the impacts are manageable and we are working to mitigate those impacts where possible without sacrificing necessary elements and features.
As hard as it is to believe, after about 5 years of effort on behalf of the administration, board of trustees, and the construction team, the classroom, and administration building are almost ready to unveil. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony soon and the building will be open to parents and students. It will be a very exciting moment for Harbor Day School, and we hope as many people as possible will attend. We are confident the Harbor Day School community will think the sacrifices made over the last year or two have been worth it.