GREEN DOT E. 27TH STREET CHARTER HIGH SCHOOLS
Los Angeles, CA | 2008
The first LEED-certified charter school facility in Los Angeles was born of the transformation of two manufacturing warehouses into a pair of high schools.
Limited to 500 students, each school has its own separate administration, as well as its own architectural identity. Inhabiting the original brick warehouse, the school called “Animo Justice” utilizes warm, red and yellow hues and is entered from the south side of the shared exterior entry courtyard. In contrast, “Animo Ralph Bunche,” the school housed in the tilt-up concrete structure, uses a cooler, blue and green palette, and is accessed via a dramatic steel stair and second floor roof deck on the north side of the courtyard. While each school has its own circulation system, each has independent access to a shared gym and library situated near the center of the combined facility. Skylights are used extensively to ensure that each classroom has access to natural light and a view of the sky.
Located on the edge of a residential neighborhood in South Los Angeles (formerly known as South Central), these facilities offer the promise of a better future to this historically underprivileged area.
Principal-in-Charge: Alice Kimm
Project Team: John Friedman, Sameena Sitabkhan, Emmet Ashford-Trotter, Vu Nguyen, Manuel Rohrhofer
Project Assistants: Patty Alfonso, Scott Gross, Kazushige Shichishima
Structural Engineer: Mackintosh & Mackintosh
Mechanical and Plumbing Engineer: Han Engineering, Inc.
Electrical Engineer: Pacific Engineers Group
Civil Engineer: Paller Roberts
Landscape Architect: Mia Lehrer + Associates
General Contractor: Del Amo Construction
Green Dot Public Schools
Pacific Charter School Development
2010 Southern California Development Forum (SCDF)
2010 Real Estate & Construction Review
Green Building of America Award
2009 Architect Annual Design Review
2009 Westside Urban Forum
2009 Los Angeles Business Council
Los Angeles Architectural Award of Excellence