BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION 1987 -1996

The growth of Kern County, specifically for Bakersfield was on the rise during this next decade of AIAGE, the Construction industry and local architectural firms tried to keep pace with the growing needs of the area.

In 1987, the Kern High School District’s masterplan was to build 10 new high schools in the next twenty (20) years.  Most of the planned expansion of the District focused on the west and south areas of the city.  The first of these schools was Stockdale High School (BFGC Architects Planners Inc.) which opened in 1991.  The second school, Centennial High School (Klassen Corporation) opened during the centennial anniversary year of KHSD (1993) and Ridgeview High School (Robert F. Stuhr AIA Associates/Renfro-Russell & Associates) was completed 1994.  Five (5) more schools including Liberty (1999), Golden Valley (2003), Frontier (2006), Mira Monte (2008) and Independence (2008) High Schools would open over the next 20+ years.

In the masterplan for Catholic Healthcare West, in 1987 they proposed a third hospital in the west to accommodate the future medical needs of the west residents as well as emergency services for travelers on Interstate 5. Thus, Mercy SW Hospital and medical office buildings (KMD/BFGC) were constructed with the hospital doors opening in July of 1992.

On the residential side, Castle & Cooke, in the development of the Seven Oaks Community held a Design competition in 1992 for the design of future residences with Thomas Jannio winning the completion while KSA and Robert Jensen Architect placed second and third respectively.

In an effort to accommodate the growing needs of its citizens, the County of Kern constructed two new facilities, the Public Services Building in 1988 (Pechin-Milazzo & Associates) and the Administration Building in 1991 (Renfro Russell/DMJM).

These are a few of the many projects constructed during this decade and designed by local GECAIA architects.

As a part of “Architecture Week” 1988, GECAIA celebrated design and its effect on community life including the design awards.Winners of the GECAIA 1988 Design Awards included:

Mercy Day Care Center (Ash Road) - Robert F. Stuhr AIA AssociatesUSPS South Station (Planz Road) - KSATruxtun Financial Plaza (Truxtun and Oak) – Milazzo & AssociatesLouden Elementary School (Harris and Akers) – Klasssen CorporationCaliente School (earth-sheltered buildings) - BFGC Architects Planners Inc.

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