San Juan Unified School District (SJUSD) recently held a ceremonial groundbreaking for Mira Loma High School’s signature project–a next generation science wing. Lionakis’ design team, along with DPR Construction and SJUSD faculty, students and the surrounding community dug into the staff parking lot with their golden shovels and hard hats to commence the construction of this highly anticipated building. The science center will replace the existing science labs from the 1960’s in support of a campus that boasts a nationally ranked Science Olympiad team and a rigorous International Baccalaureate program.

The approximately 32,000 square foot, two-story building will include next generation biology, chemistry, physics and earth science classrooms as well as a flexible learning space and an outdoor learning environment. The project will include the installation of rooftop and carport style photovoltaics. The use of dynamic glass for shading and security concerns is part of the program, as is the concept of “science on display” where the building is also used as a teaching tool and an opportunity to share science concepts throughout. The project is scheduled for occupancy in Fall 2020.