Manhattan Beach Unified School district broke ground on its $38 million athletic complex at Mira Costa High School on Friday.

Construction of the gymnasium, slated for completion in fall 2020, will provide the campus with “a transformed athletic complex that is commensurate with the extraordinary caliber of athleticism and wellness,” the district said in a press release Thursday.

The new building will include a 20,000 square-foot three-court gym, a naturally lit Community Pavilion gym, 1,500 square feet of sports medicine space, 4,500 square feet of strength and development space, a 60-person classroom, a dance room, PE locker rooms and team rooms, and a terrace overlooking the track and Waller Stadium.

The new home of the Mustangs was approved by Manhattan Beach voters in 2016 as part of Measure EE to replace the aging facility at the high school.

“The gymnasium, which was built shortly after the school opened its doors in 1950, became aged and outdated over the years,” the district said. “Students, alumni, coaches, teachers, board members, and the citizens of Manhattan Beach decided it was time for a change.”

Plans for the complex were developed by Gensler with Balfour Beatty as the contractor.


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