Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy1111 Figueroa Place
Wilmington, CA 90744
Design Achievement – Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (HTPA), a innovative high school that allows students to earn their high school diploma and associated arts degree concurrently, is located on the campus of Harbor College. The aesthetic guidelines of both Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) needed to be adhered to while supporting the mission of HTPA, to empower students to think analytically and creatively, and to be competitive and socially responsible. DLR Group’s design supports this mission by providing flexible spaces where students can collaborate with their peers and challenge each other intellectually while being surrounded by design that stimulates creativity. The Academic Building’s double-height glazing at the entry mirrors – on a smaller scale – the grand double-height lobby of other buildings on campus. This iconic marker welcomes users to the facility and its transparency reveals interior programming and strengthens visual connectivity to the surrounding campus. A two-building solution allowed DLR Group to optimize the potential for a human-scaled courtyard campus with a wider variety of exterior spaces than other configurations could provide. It creates an activated and impactful campus without compromising student safety.
Scope Summary – The scope of work for the Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (HTPA) includes the design of a new 44,330 SF facility that houses 12 classrooms, two flexible laboratories, one multi-media classroom, administrative offices, lunch shelter, library, multi-purpose building, physical education and performing arts facilities. In addition to this, demolition of existing structures, removal of trailers, and cutting and capping of associated utilities were performed. The building energy performance for the HTPA is designed to exceed Title-24 requirements by over 20%, and water conservation savings will be 30% above CAL Green baseline. The site has been divided in to two major zones: An Activity Zone in the north, comprising approximately two-thirds of the site; and an Academic Zone on the south, comprising approximately one-third of the site. This division creates a strong functional connectivity with the greater campus and community. The Activity Building houses the performing arts and physical education programs. Meanwhile, the Academic Building houses administrative and academic programming and is located on the southernmost edge of the site to ensure greatest privacy for students. DLR Group is providing architecture and interior design services in conjunction with Design/Build Partner Harper Construction.
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