WLC Project Feature: Etiwanda High School's New Auditorium and Classroom Building
WLC Architects is proud to announce the Grand Opening of Etiwanda High School's New Auditorium and Classroom Building in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
This incredible two-story facility houses an 800 seat auditorium, lobby, ticket booth, scene shop, public restrooms, and 50 instructional classrooms. In total, the facility encompasses 103,193 square feet of space, opening up to the campus's newly constructed center quad.
During the Grand Opening Ceremony, Jim DiCamillo, President of WLC Architects, Inc., shared with the community and students his experience in working with Etiwanda High School over the years.
"This is an important project for this District. I was one of the people who put the facility master plan together. Being a resident right here in Rancho Cucamonga, this project has always been very near and dear to my heart. When I started at WLC Architects in 1983, Etiwanda High School was just beginning and was put together with little bits of band-aids and rubber bands, which isn't a good idea as windy as it is sometimes. But Measure P passed and the master plan called for the completion of this school."
"I personally have been working with the District for about a quarter century now without stopping. So, it's bittersweet to see something like this come to an end after all the work that went into it. We built a facility that houses 103,193 square feet. I didn't know, but I surmised, that this is the largest single building in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. So, to put that into perspective, this is two and a half acres under one roof. This would be akin to building an entire junior high school campus all in one structure. The building itself can house up to 1,500 to 2,000 students at one time."
"I reached out to my friends at Tilden-Coil Constructors, and said, "give me some other fun facts." There are 125,642 concrete masonry units that make this edifice, along with 470 tons of steel. But I think my favorite fact about the building is that there are over 21,000 man days that went into the construction of this project. So Measure P, again, as a Rancho/Chaffey resident myself, is not just a facility project: it's a jobs program. 21,000 man days. It's amazing - a tremendous undertaking built on time, and on budget."
"I want you to enjoy your new building, the new quad which finished the campus, and let me give one more shout-out to Loren Smith, my senior project manager who was on this project from the very first step. Thank you everybody. Thanks for letting me help."
Congratulations to Etiwanda High School and the entire Rancho Cucamonga community on this incredible achievement! Go Eagles!