Maywood Center for Enriched Studies

  • Client

    • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Project Type

Design Achievement – The construction of LAUSD's Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES) relieves 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. The $78M project is the last of 131 schools to be completed under the $20 billion construction program that LAUSD launched in 2000. The new school is a specialized magnet school that offers a rigorous instructional program that encourages cooperative learning, integrates project-based assignments, and emphasizes creative and critical thinking in all disciplines. DLR Group's design incorporates three classroom buildings 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 building’s grand stair tower. 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. Additionally, a wellness center is open to students and the community. 

Scope Summary – The scope for this project included the master plan and design of a new school supporting grades 6-12. The south side of the campus prominently showcases a 93,150 SF Classroom Building. 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 Classroom building. 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 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.

Take an animated tour of the new campus's design.

Awards & Recognition

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  • Calibre Award - Education

    IIDA Southern California Chapter

Maywood Center for Enriched Studies

Los Angeles Unified School District