In 2003, Robins Hall was closed because it was found structurally unsound to withstand earthquakes. Early plans to upgrade the tower were ultimately scrapped, and when Orange County voters approved Measure F in 2005, the district had its funding to knock down the 77-year-old building and construct a new one in its place.
Newport-Mesa Unified has contracted with LPA, Inc. for the architecture and expects to begin public bidding for the construction project by November, Deputy Superintendent Paul Reed said.
Reed said the district hopes to have the new building underway by the first of 2008 at the latest. It’s estimated it may take two years to build and cost about $35 million.