January 20th, 2020 Update:
The $29.7 million renovation and reconstruction of Gables High is well underway as evidenced by these photographs. What you are looking at is the nearly completed demolition of Building 7, which housed the old cafeteria and dance room. Three buildings are being torn down to make way for a new 36,400 SF two-story classroom building that will have a new cafeteria, dance room, and many more classrooms. Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) estimates that the new building will be completed by December, 2020. “We have come through the worst of it,” said MDCPS Eco-Sustainability Officer, Victor Alonso, at a meeting of School and Community Relations on Friday, January 17, a City of Coral Gables volunteer board where he gave an update. District 6 School Representative Mari Tere Rojas was also in attendance. She is credited with fighting for the dollars needed to make this project a reality.
In addition to the demolition process, Phase One of the renovation plan consists of several improvements aimed at stabilizing the critical building systems and enhancing the physical environment. The new mechanical /electrical /chiller building exterior is now complete and connected to the school. The exterior of the school has been re-painted and some roofing completed.
We are entering Phase Two, which includes remodeling the girls locker room as well as the completion of the chiller plant and electrical vault that will replace the current systems with the capacity to accommodate not only the new building but also the remaining building on campus. Phase Two also encompasses the construction of the new building.