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Los Angeles High School #8

  • Area

    • 200,500 ft²

Design Achievement – The construction of LAUSD's South Region High School #8 will relieve overcrowding at local schools and enable the area's current high school to return to a two-semester calendar for the first time in more than 30 years. DLR Group's design incorporates three Small Learning Communities (SLCs) and various support facilities which connect to form a central plaza. This site plan, which emulates a college campus, aims to instill pride in the students and encourage them to set their sights on higher education. The composition of the buildings' exterior materials is modern and dynamic. Easily maintained multi-colored stucco defines the majority of the buildings' exteriors. Accents of glass, steel, and exterior-grade composite wood panels and screens are showcased in each SLC's grand stair tower. Signage announcing the name of each SLC is integrated with composite wood panels alongside the stair towers. Addressing the City of Maywood's need for neighborhood recreational and social gathering places, the multi-purpose room, library, gym, and athletic fields are available to members of the community with secure, after-hours access to provide a neighborhood community center.

Scope Summary – The scope for this project was the master plan and design of a new high school occupying two city blocks on 8.41 acres. The south side of the campus prominently showcases a 93,150 SF Classroom Building containing three SLCs, each with its own dedicated quad. Administrative offices, indoor dining and an outdoor lunch shelter, a set-aside classroom and a flexible classroom occupy the first floor of each 24,000 SF SLC. The second and third floors house 10 general classrooms, a flexible science lab, and a chemistry lab. Completing the south campus are the school's 15,100 SF library, 12,600 SF multi-purpose building, 36,000 SF gym, and a service yard. The north side of campus includes a 42,380 SF parking structure with 120 stalls on the ground level. The structure's rooftop features five full size basketball courts and two large stairs that double as bleachers. A soccer/football stadium, jogging track, and instructional garden round out the remaining space on the north side of campus. Fifty percent of the classroom building and gymnasium roofs, as well as a portion of the parking structure, are designed for a future installation of photovoltaic arrays to power school facilities. The project's total building area is 200,500 SF with a total building footprint of 110,300 SF. DLR Group provided master planning, architecture, and interior design.

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Los Angeles High School #8

Los Angeles Unified School District