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A Historic Moment: City of Goleta Approves Providence Upper School Campus Proposal

March 7, 2018 by Elaine Rottman

This is a historic moment for Providence. After two years of dedicated and focused board and administrative leadership, our change-of-use request for the Pacific Technology Center has been approved by the City of Goleta. Once renovated, the current research and development facility, a 21,408-square-foot building at 5385 Hollister Avenue, just west of Goleta Cottage Hospital, would be a state-of-the-art home for our Upper School. 

The Upper School (grades 7-12) currently meets on a leased campus at 630 East Canon Perdido Street. The Lower School (preschool-grade 6) meets at 3723 Modoc Road, with no plans to move.

The change of use and design approvals come after a lengthy and challenging process of hard work by our Facilities Committee and Providence Board of Directors.

“This is very good news,” said board chair Randal Clark, “and one great sign on the way toward a permanent campus. We look forward, in faith and in action, to our continued discussions with the greater Providence community about their ongoing partnership and commitment to our endeavors.”

On February 27, the Goleta Design Review Board unanimously approved the project, with positive comments such as “this is a lot nicer than any school I ever went to” and ” I think this is a great upgrade, and I hope the school does wonderfully.”

Noozhawk provided coverage of the design review approval in this wonderful story, which shows another depiction of the facade:  Providence School Project at Business Park Earns Goleta Design Review Board Approval (3/3/18)

Our design includes classrooms for all middle school and high school classes, an engineering lab, science labs, performing arts space, visual arts studios, large meeting space for chapels and assemblies, and administrative offices. The project also provides for a synthetic multi-sport turf athletic field and a six-foot-tall exterior fence to give the campus privacy. Access is from Patterson Avenue and Mentor Drive.

In preparation for this, over a year ago Providence formed a capital campaign committee to focus on raising the funds needed to fulfill this vision for an Upper School campus, as well as to strengthen long-term funding efforts focused on supporting our commitment to providing tuition assistance for families, which is a key part of our overall school vision. 

To learn more about this project and to discuss opportunities for support, please contact Caroline Corazza, director of development, at 805-563-4770, ext. 246 or ccorazza@providencesb.org.

Potential facade design for new Upper School facility