Wisdom Elementary School1125 East 74th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001
Design Achievement - Wisdom Elementary School is both a notable piece of civic architecture in the community of South Los Angeles and a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. DLR Group's design creates a secure sense of place in an exciting and rich spatial environment. Bold hues of blue, red, green and orange on the exterior reflect the surrounding multi-cultural population and create excitement among young students about the possibilities inside the building. The school's main entrance is located away from busy intersections to create a shielded environment for students entering the site or learning outdoors in the mild Southern California climate.
Scope Summary - Wisdom Elementary School sits on a 4.2-acre site and has a capacity of 1,050 students. The 81,782 SF school contains a library, multi-purpose rooms, food service area and lunch shelter, administration offices, playfields and underground parking. It alleviates overcrowding at four nearby elementary schools and enables students to receive more personalized instruction from their teachers. The design meets the requirements for Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Certification, whose mission is to promote schools that are energy and resource efficient, comfortable, well lit, and contain amenities for a quality education. DLR Group provided architecture services.