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Community Meeting #1

  • On January 16th, 2014, we hosted our first Prop A renovation–focused community meeting in the Main Building’s Cafeteria. 
  • Guest presenters: project architects Roberta Wahl and Rebecca Guarda of PLUM architecture firm; and Andrea Dawson, SFUSD Prop A Bond Program’s senior program manager. 
  • In attendance for the 1-hour meeting: our principal and assistant principal, many of our PTA and SSC parents, a few teachers, and many school neighbors. 

What is Prop A? 

Prop A is a voter-approved bond initiative to fund SFUSD public school modernization improvements, including ADA access and building code compliance, seismic retrofits, and fire/life safety systems updates. The third and final round of Prop A funding passed in SF’s November 2011 election. (Learn more about Prop A)

Why is Paul Revere being renovated?

To modernize the school and bring it into ADA and CA building code compliance.
When will the construction happen?

Right now, if SFUSD is able to hit all pre-construction milestones, construction is predicted to begin in the summer of 2015 and last through the 2015–16 school year and through the summer of 2016. The school play yards would be worked on during the summers (when students are not on campus).

What phase of the process are we in right now?

We are in the 6- to 8-month facility investigation and design process, which will be followed by a 3- to 4-month plan approval process (SFUSD is the plan approver).
.What are the biggest changes that have been proposed?
  • A programmatic shift would bring the pre-K, kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade classrooms to the Main Building’s second floor. This is for code compliance, as kids in these grades need a dedicated exit that’s separate from the older grades. (Bonus benefit: Kids in these grades would not have to cross the street for Cafeteria access or play yard access.)
  • The Annex Building’s first floor would host 3rd, 4th, and 4th/5th Immersion classrooms. The Annex Building’s second floor would host 5th grade and Revere’s Middle School classrooms (6th, 7th, and 8th grades).
  • The Library would move to the ground floor (“basement”) of the Annex Building (thus allowing ground-floor access for the younger grades in the Main Building).
  • Computers would move out of the Library and into their own Computer Lab on the ground floor (“basement”) of the Annex Building .
  • A General Science Room and Wellness Center would be constructed on the ground floor (“basement”) of the Annex Building. 
  • An Indoor Play Area for younger grades has been proposed for the second floor of the Main Building (where the Library currently is), and an Indoor PE Room for the older grades has been proposed for under the east end of the Main Building’s current play yard overhang, which would be enclosed.
  • A Music Room has been proposed for under the west end of the Main Building’s current play yard overhang, which would be enclosed.
  • New windows have been proposed for along the Main Building’s south face (fronting Tompkins), to allow daylight into the Cafeteria.
What other school and play yard improvements are being planned?

  • Improved disabled access in both buildings; an elevator will be installed in the interior of each building, and a chair lift will be installed on the stairs up to the stage in the Cafeteria/Multipurpose Room
  • Improved disabled access in all play yards; the yards will be re-sloped to the appropriate grade for wheelchair access between the yards
  • Upgrades to fire/life safety systems such as smoke alarms and sprinklers
  • Upgrades to IT and phone systems (with the hope of being able to transfer calls between buildings, which can’t currently be done)
  • Seismic upgrades to both buildings
  • Renovated restrooms
  • Soccer field and basketball courts on the Main Building’s upper play yard
  • Separate play areas and new play structures for the younger grades on the Main Building’s lower play yard (pre-K’s play area would be 2,500 square feet; K–2’s play area would be 7,100 square feet) 
Will my child have to move out of his/her classroom during construction? 

Our two-building campus and multiple play yards will enable us to stay on-site (instead of busing kids off-site). Portable classrooms are planned for the Main Building’s upper play yard. Use of the portables would be staggered; four classrooms at a time would move out of the Main and Annex Buildings and into the portables. Classes would move into the portables only once during the construction process (and then kids would move back into their renovated classrooms).
Can I have input in this process?

Our community can comment on these proposed changes, but most of the construction changes are state-mandated and/or federally mandated for code compliance. Our community may be able to have input on “finishes” such as flooring and paint choices.  Revere’s School Site Council (SSC) Prop A Renovation Committee will be meeting periodically with neighbors to field questions and work out solutions to any concerns. All school and surrounding community members are welcome to connect with the SSC Prop A Renovation Committee: 

How can I stay informed about what’s going on during the design/construction process?

We’re adding a Renovation page to our school website ( and will post updates (hopefully weekly during construction).
Who do I go to if I have questions or concerns about this project?

Once construction begins, a full-time construction manager will be on-site. Until then, please direct all questions to Principal Stacy Afflick in the Main Building’s Office (415) 695-5656, or email to have your query investigated by Revere’s School Site Council (SSC) Prop A Renovation Committee and answered to the best of our ability.

PLUM Architects' notes from Community Meeting #1:

Paul Revere School Project Assessment – PTA/School Site Council and Neighbors Meeting Minutes
PROJECT: Paul Revere School Modernization

DATE: January 16, 2014, 6:00 p.m.


A. Purpose

This meeting was requested by the Paul Revere School Site Council to introduce neighbors and parents to the Bond Prop A modernization process for the school. The following items were reviewed:

B. Project Scope
  1. PLUM architects explained that we are at the project inception in the Project Assessment phase. In this phase we perform a thorough room by room assessment, meet with all of the SFUSD Dept heads and with the school Principal and staff to identify the needs of the school. From the assessment that we performed the scope for the project will include the following.

    • There will be major upgrades for accessibility compliance, fire/life safety compliance, technology systems upgrades, and programmatic and finishes upgrades will be included as allowed within the budget.

    • A new elevator will be installed in each building and a new chair lift at the Multi-Purpose room stage.

    • Both building structures will get voluntary seismic upgrades.

    • Current code requires dedicated exits routes for Pre-K through 2nd grades. If the Annex continues to house these lower grades on mixed levels, exterior exit balconies with individual egress doors would be required to be built to all for proper exiting the building. This approach was considered but not recommended as it would be very costly, the outdoor play area would be lost and the youngest students would continue to be the population that crosses the street to the main building for program services.  PLUM proposes a programmatic switch between the buildings with pre-K through 2nd grades housed at the Second Floor of the Main Building. The 3rd through 8th grades would be housed in the Annex. We are unable to eliminate student street crossing but this would limit street crossing to older students.
  2. The following programmatic space distributions were reviewed via presentation boards:

    • Proposed Annex Ground Floor:

      • Library
      • Computer Lab

      • Wellness Center/General Science Room

      • Elimination of exterior toilet rooms.
    • Proposed Annex First Floor:

      • Admin. Offices/Staff office/ workrooms/IRF
      • 3rd Grade Classrooms

      • 4th Grade Classrooms

      • SpEd 3-5 Classroom

      • 4/5 Immersion Classroom
    • Proposed Annex Second Floor:

      • Renovated Student Toilets

      • Staff Office/ Workrooms

      • 5th Grade Classrooms

      • 6th Grade Classrooms

      • 7th Grade Classrooms

      • 8th Grade Classrooms
    • Proposed Main Building First Floor:

      • Renovated Student Toilets
      • Admin. Offices
      • Staff Office/ Workrooms

      • Multipurpose Room

      • Staff Lounge
      • Budget Permitting; Parent Room, Indoor PE and Music Room
    • Proposed Main Building Second Floor:

      • New Student Toilets

      • Staff Office/ Workrooms

      • SpEd pre-K Classrooms

      • Pre-K Classrooms

      • Kindergarten Classrooms

      • 1st Grade Classrooms

      • 2nd Grade Classrooms

      • Indoor Play Area
C. Project Timeline and Phasing
  1. Our estimated timeline is for Project Assessment to be completed by the end of this January. Design Phases and development of drawings and the Agency Reviews and the bidding and award process are currently projected to run through the spring of 2015.
  2. Our estimated timeline for Construction is from summer 2015 for the mobilization of temporary classroom portables and for full construction spanning late summer 2015 through summer 2016.

  3. Temporary portables will be located onsite to accommodate classroom renovations. These will likely be located on the upper play yard of the Main Building complex.
D. Questions & Answers:

Q1, from a Revere parent: Does the hazardous abatement process have a protocol for protecting students in lower floors or adjacent spaces from areas of work? Is there a risk to student health and will the neighbors be at risk of exposure from the proposed abatement work?

A1: The District has a rigorous protocol in place for all of its modernization projects. A professional abatement consultant that is under direct contract with the District oversees all work. Abatement areas are hermetically sealed from adjacent spaces during abatement. Air quality tests are performed throughout the process, both inside and outside of areas being abated to ensure that air quality adheres to required regulations. Air samples are taken prior to reoccupying all spaces to make sure air quality after abatement is safe and meets required regulations.

Q2, from a neighbor: Will neighborhood utilities be disrupted during construction?

A2: No, the District does not see a need to disrupt utilities to the neighborhood. The modernization scope is limited to areas within the school buildings property line. The only exception to this may be installing an underground conduit across Tompkin for [phone] connection between the buildings. This work would require City permission and a permit. The District will provide Notice to the neighbors in advance of such work.

Q3, from a neighbor: What disruption will construction bring to the neighborhood? Traffic? Noise?

A3: Neighbors can expect the noisiest construction to occur during the summers. This is when the contractor will be performing site work, concrete and foundation pours. There will be days when street may be congested from concrete truck deliveries due to the pouring process and other construction materials deliveries. The District will endeavor to keep the neighbors informed of weekly activities.

Q4, from a neighbor: Is there a team in place for including the neighbors? How can the neighbors be kept apprised of construction sequencing and is there a forum for the neighbors to voice concerns?

A4: Yes, the School Site Council Chairperson [Erika Ehmsen] is intended to be the point of contact to keep the neighbors informed. The SSC Committee Chair and Principal have invited and encouraged having a neighbor volunteer to join the committee. During construction the onsite construction manager will provide the Principal, Site Council Chair, and the neighborhood volunteer point of contact with a weekly summary of expected construction activities for distribution.

Q5, from a neighbor and from a Revere teacher: How is the funding allotted in Prop A Bond program modernizations?

A5: Funding was allotted on a per-needs basis from an original site survey of each site and was the basis for this 2011 School Improvement Bond. There are many considerations on determining the budget for each individual school, including: age of school, type of building construction, and has the school had prior modernization upgrades.
The current improved economy has impacted how much can be done at each site; there are some needs that will not be able to be addressed in this modernization. Once a budget is allocated to a school and the project Assessment Phase is completed, funding is prioritized using the same standard at all schools. This standard is prioritized as follows:

Priority 1: Access Compliance
Priority 2: Fire /Life Safety & Structural upgrades
Priority 3: Educational/ Building Code issues
Priority 4: Health & Safety Needs
Priority 5: Asset Management
Priority 6: Environment
Priority 7: Renovation 
Priority 8: Other