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Current Construction Projects

Under Construction

Facilities and construction are ready for the secondary students to return the week of January 25th 2021

CdM Security Fence Project Picture

Progress Picture: 1/8/21


The project consists of replacement of the existing six-foot chain-link along Mar Vista Drive and Vista Del Oro with a new, permanent eight-foot chain-link fence. Trees along this section will also be removed, however they will be replaced upon completion of construction. 

Additional enhancements include:

  • Installation of permanent fencing along the perimeter of the school. 

    • Some sections will continue to be chain link fencing, while other sections (front entrance to the high school, student parking lot - adjacent to the pool and Learning Resource Center (LRC), and parts of the fencing near the baseball field/middle school entrance) will have ornamental fencing. 

  • Construction of new sidewalks throughout the campus to allow for pedestrian traffic within the interior and exterior of fence perimeter. 

  • Reconfiguration of the school bus pick-up/drop-off along Mar Vista Drive to allow construction of additional sidewalks.

  • Reconfiguration of the student parking lot near the pool and LRC for accessibility enhancements.

  • Construction of a new entry structure at the athletic entrance adjacent to the pool and LRC.


Under construction with completion anticipated this Winter.


Drone view courts

Progress Picture: 1/28/21


Replacement of tennis court chain link fencing, including posts, footings and chain link mesh. New gates and concrete walkways, where necessary, for access. Resurfacing and re-striping improvements as well as relocation of electrical to underground distribution.


Estancia High School - Project Completed

Costa Mesa High School - Project Completed.

Ensign Rendering


The project includes a variety of construction upgrades, including:

  • Replacement of temporary fencing with permanent fencing
  • Reconfiguration of existing parking lot
  • Construction of an additional parking lot along Irvine Avenue to accommodate approximately 45 parking spaces. 
  • Construction of a new pick-up/drop-off lot at the front of the school. The front lot, as some have called the “banana lot”, includes a one-way drop-off/pick-up lane which minimizes traffic congestion on City streets, and approximately 20 parking spaces.
  • Remodel of the front office to improve visibility and access. 

As part of the project, several trees will be removed to accommodate construction, additional trees will be planted throughout the school.


Project is substantially complete.  Punchlist work ongoing.

While there was a temporary restraining order (from a few members of the community) to prevent the removal of some trees at Ensign Intermediate, as part of the fencing and parking lot project, that order has been lifted and the project is proceeding.

The following recommendations for project revisions reflect the public input that has been obtained by the district and was board adopted at the special meeting May 29, 2020.  

  1. Maintain the existing memorial tree in the entry plaza
  2. Replace removed trees at a ratio of at least one-to-one
  3. Create additional enhanced outdoor student gathering areas within the campus
  4. Offer to plant additional trees and shrubs in the city right-of-way along Cliff Drive to help to shield parking lot view from nearby residents.


NHHS Aquatics ScoreboardNewport Harbor Practice Field Scoreboard


Replacement of NHHS aquatics center and practice fields scoreboards. Aquatic scoreboard to be replaced with new building mounted scoreboard. Practice field scoreboard to be replaced and relocated to increase visibility from practice field areas.


Project is completed and is in construction closeout.


Replacement of single lane batting cage with new two lane batting cage. Batting cage will be chain link with interior sports netting to match the batting cages at other District schools.

Newport Harbor Batting Cage


Project is completed and is in construction closeout.


The parking lot will be reconfigured to improve pedestrian safety, add parking stalls, and beautify the front of campus at Newport Heights Elementary School.Newport Heights Parking Lot


Project is completed, maintenance landscaping to occur this Winter.

Planning Phase

EHS Theater Rendering


Planning continues on a new theater for Estancia High School, which is expected to include a new 350 seat theater, black box, lobby and support spaces. 


The project is in DSA review.


Theater Board Presentation - 10/7/19

Theater Board Presentation - 11/17/20

Theater Board Presentation - 11/17/20 - Meeting


Project includes modernization of the existing courtyard in the middle of the Home Arts Building at Newport Harbor High School. This includes improvement in accessibility, drainage, landscaping as well as the kiln yard, equipment and roof structure.


The project is in design. 



Contact Us

Ara K. Zareczny, LEED AP
Administrative Director II, Facilities Development, Planning and Design

Lori Horrell
Administrative Assistant

Steve Morris
Facilities Planning Coordinator

Mark Manstof
Facilities Analyst