Construction projects can often come with legal headaches. Construction disputes or problems with contractors can create issues for both sides of the project, and sometimes, business litigation is inevitable. It's often not possible to anticipate these problems at the beginning of a development project, so it's important to keep an eye on everything as the project continues.
A new construction project for a Long Beach high school is getting off to a smooth start now that the school district has put together $135.6 million in funds, thanks in part to Measure K bonds. As part of the renovation of the school, which opened in 1935, will be getting a quad for students to hang out in, new classrooms and labs and a renovated gymnasium. Several other upgrades and renovations are also in the plan.
Construction kicked off on the traditionally low-income school on Jan. 6, and the entire project is scheduled to take between eight and 10 years to finish. Many of the current classrooms don't have enough seats for the students or air conditioning, and those involved in the project are hopeful that the new and improved campus will be a morale booster for students and have a positive effect on grades and other academic achievements. The school's students performed poorly on the California Standards Test last year, and the school had the lowest Academic Performance Index score of the five major high schools in Long Beach.
Hopefully, the construction and renovation on the high school will continue to go as smoothly as it has been, but this isn't always the case. Those that find themselves in construction disputes may benefit from the experience of a business and commercial law attorney who may help them find the best path to an acceptable solution.
Source: Press-Telegram, "$135.6-million construction project aims to revitalize Long Beach’s Jordan High School" Nadra Nittle, Jan. 17, 2014