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Not Your Dad's Science Lab

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Just in time for school: a new science building for Costa Mesa Middle School, completed last week. Holding the scissors is Newport Mesa United School District board prez Karen Yelsey. (Good luck to whichever student gets those scissors for a crafts project.) The 31k SF building, with classrooms and labs, includes some unique features, GC Swinterton Builders project manager Rich Garcia tells us (HMC Architects designed the project). Its waterproofing barrier system is strong enough to withstand a Category 5 hurricane; there are several large garden planters for students to learn about horticulture; and thin solar panels will create 9kW of power.