Groundbreaking set for Camarillo High’s pool

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The Oxnard Union High School District will host a groundbreaking ceremony on April 15 at Adolfo Camarillo High School for its new aquatics center, as shown in an artist’s rendering.
Oxnard Union High School District plans to host groundbreakings at the sites of two new high school aquatic centers on Mon., April 15.

The competition-size pools will be constructed at Adolfo Camarillo High School in Camarillo and Hueneme High School in Oxnard and are slated for completion by November.

Terry Zinger, an executive vice president with California Construction Management, said each pool will be made of con- crete and will be 25 yards wide by 34 yards long. The shallow end will be 5 feet deep and the deep end 12 feet deep.

The facilities will include shower rooms with student lockers, mechanical space and a maintenance storage area for competition equipment, Zinger said.

Camarillo High’s pool will be built on the upper parking lot area near the school’s gym.

Zinger’s firm was hired by the district to manage construction projects funded through Measure H, a ballot initiative passed in November 2004.

Superintendent Gabe Soumakian said the addition of the pool will benefit Camarillo High’s swim and water polo teams, which now meet at Rio Mesa and Oxnard high school pools for practices and games.

“It’s nice for the high schools to have their own pools because it will mean they will not have to commute to other schools, and having their own amenities is wonderful for the students and community members,” Soumakian said.

School board officials recently awarded a $7.6-million contract to S.C. Anderson Inc. to build the pools. The Bakersfield, Calif.- based construction firm specializes in school building projects.

The board also authorized a $114,000 contract to allow Earth Systems of Southern California to oversee grading for both pools.

Stephen Dickinson, the district’s assistant superintendent of business and facilities, said the Ventura engineering company will conduct specialized inspections of soil compaction and concrete mixing procedures during construction of the pools. The inspections are required by the state.

The pool groundbreakings are planned for 2 p.m. Mon., April 15 at Adolfo Camarillo High School, 4660 Mission Oaks Blvd. in Camarillo, and 5 p.m. at Hueneme High School, 500 W. Bard Road in Oxnard.

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