Green Dot E. 27th Street Charter High Schools

Green Dot
E. 27th St. Charter HS


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.


Project Team

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
Photography: Fotoworks



Green Dot Public Schools
Pacific Charter School Development


2010 Southern California Development Forum (SCDF)
Design Award

2010 Real Estate & Construction Review
Green Building of America Award

2009 Architect Annual Design Review
Honorable Mention

2009 Westside Urban Forum
Honor Award

2009 Los Angeles Business Council
Los Angeles Architectural Award of Excellence