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HUSD Measure L Projects Completed!
Posted 8/3/21


To protect quality education and student safety at local schools, with funding that the State cannot take away, shall Hayward Unified School District: modernize, renovate, replace aging classrooms, bathrooms, leaking roofs; replace outdated electrical, plumbing, heating/ventilation systems; update classroom computer technology/science labs; improve access for disabled students, and install modem fire safety/emergency communication systems; by issuing $229 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent oversight, no money for administrators, and all funds staying local?


The preceding was the question for Measure L on the ballot for the Hayward elections on November 4, 2014. The percentage needed to pass was 55%. Hayward voters approved Measure L by an overwhelming vote of 77.35%. Seven years later, Measure L concludes with a big bang as the notices of completion for construction of the STEAM Buildings at the District’s three high schools and Harder Elementary School were accepted and entered on the minutes of the HUSD Board meeting on June 23, 2021. 


The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Buildings in Hayward HS, Tennyson HS, and Mount Eden HS were designed by CSDA Design Group of San Francisco. They have the same layout and floor plans and differ only in the exterior elevation color. The buildings include eight flexible learning spaces, two science labs, breakout rooms, and alternative workspaces, a demonstration lobby, a maker space that can be opened up to an outdoor learning area. CSDA Design received an Honorable Mention Award by LEARNING BY DESIGN Magazine in the spring of 2019. The buildings on the three sites were built by Balfour-Beatty Construction Company of San Diego, CA.  Construction started in mid-April 2018 and was initially managed by Vanir Construction Management Company. In August 2019, the District transitioned the Measure L program management to TRiGroup Inc. and, consequently, the management of the STEAM buildings construction until completion in May 2021.  The new STEAM buildings are now fully furnished and ready for students and staff when the 2021-2022 school year opens this fall. The three high schools’ STEAM interdisciplinary project-based curriculum is in partnership with Cal State East Bay.


The new STEAM Building at Mount Eden High School.The new STEAM Building at Mount Eden High School.

The new STEAM Building at Hayward High School.The new STEAM Building at Hayward High School.

The new STEAM Building at Tennyson High School.The new STEAM Building at Tennyson High School.

The new Harder Elementary School was designed by Lionakis of San Francisco and built by BHM Construction Company of Napa, CA,  the same architects and builders of the new Cherryland Elementary School (completed in August 2019). The old Harder school buildings were demolished. On the same grounds rose the new facilities for K through 6th-grade classrooms, administration building, multi-purpose building, library/media center, playgrounds, and an outdoor amphitheater. While the school is on the same site, it now has a new address: 352 Harder Road, Hayward, CA. TRiGroup Inc. managed the construction from the start and finished the project on schedule and under budget. Some classrooms in Building B have already been used when the District opened for cohort classes in late April.  Harder Elementary School is ready to welcome back students and staff as the 2021-2022 school year starts this fall.


The Administration Building at the new Harder Elementary School.The Administration Building at the new Harder Elementary School.



Athletic Facility Improvements at Hayward, Tennyson, and Mount Eden High Schools

The existing athletic fields and structures at all three high schools were demolished, followed by the construction of an all-weather running track and associated field events, a synthetic turf field with permanent field markings for football, soccer, lacrosse, and school logos.  Other site elements include sports field lighting, scoreboard, P.A. system, home and visitor bleachers, press box, prefabricated restrooms, concessions, and ticketing buildings. The construction of the athletic fields at Hayward High School and Mount Eden High School was completed in April 2018, and Tennyson High School was completed in May 2018. 

Mount Eden High School s new athletic field.Mount Eden High School’s new athletic field.

From the southeast end zone of Hayward High School s new athletic field can be seen the new STEAM Building.From the southeast end zone of Hayward High School’s new athletic field can be seen the new STEAM Building.

Tennyson High School s new athletic field.Tennyson High School’s new athletic field.

Cherryland Elementary School


The new Cherryland Elementary School was constructed on the site of the former Sunset High School, located between Sunset Boulevard and Laurel Avenue. The campus includes two-story classroom buildings organized in grade level “pods” surrounding a shared resource area to support project-based learning and small group learning. In addition, a single-core building – with administration services, the learning commons, and a multi-purpose space with food service – serves the campus’s 750 students. Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten are organized in a stand-alone complex. The school includes significant space for students services to support specialists and intervention opportunities for its students. The project was completed in the summer of 2019. The students and staff moved into the new campus in August 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year.


At the last annual conference of the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (C.A.S.H.), June 28 to 29, 2021, Cherryland ES was featured during the awards program. Lionakis, the architects of Cherryland ES, received the 2021 Award of Honor in the New Built Category of the CASH/AIA CA Leroy F. Green Design & Planning Awards.


The Administration Building at Cherryland Elementary SchoolThe Administration Building at Cherryland Elementary School


Tennis Courts at Mount Eden High School


Six new tennis courts have been constructed in Mount Eden HS to replace those in the footprint of the new STEAM building project. The courts are built of asphalt pavement coated with an acrylic tennis court surface system, including posts with netting, concrete edge bands with fencing, and a concrete walk. Electrical infrastructure is also installed to accommodate future lighting. Four courts were completed in November 2019 and two more were built in the summer of 2020.


The new tennis courts at Mount Eden High School with the new STEAM Building in the background.The new tennis courts at Mount Eden High School with the new STEAM Building in the background.


In accordance with the District’s mission of promoting educational excellence, the goal of bond program funding is to ensure quality and equity of facilities District-wide. In working towards this goal, the District continues to uphold its vision of a community where “Students will be prepared, challenged, and motivated in a 21st Century learning environment that develops the physical, intellectual, and emotional success of all learners.”


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