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 over 30 years. DLR Group’s design incorporates three Small Learning Communities (SLCs) and various supporting facilities which connect to form a central Campus Plaza. This site planning approach, which emulates a college campus planning concept, 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. Super-graphic 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, Libraries, Gym, and Athletic Fields are available to members of the community with secure, after-hours access. More than just a school, South Region High School #8 also serves the neighborhood as a “Community Center.”
Scope Summary - The master plan of the new high school occupies two city blocks on 8.41 acres. The south side of the campus prominently showcases a 93,150 SF Classroom Building containing the three Small Learning Communities, each with their 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 ten general classrooms, a flexible science lab, and a chemistry lab. Completing the south of campus are the school’s 15,100 SF library, 12,600 SF multi-purpose building, 36,000 SF gymnasium 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, have been dedicated to the future 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, Interior Design, and Program Confirmation.
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