Monday, June 30, 2008, by Dakota in CurbedLA.com
Lordy, those Los Angeles Unified School District construction workers are busy putting up schools. While readers debate whether these schools are actually needed, here's a look at what's coming to Boyle Heights. Located right along the under-construction Gold Line, and relieving the Roosevelt HS, East LA Area New HS #1. goes for a strong color theme, similar to the green and yellow motif of the Edward R Roybal School. Mr. Hawthorne (architecture critic for the Times), we patiently await your critique. Meanwhile, the cost: $103,421,646.
Pref. Site Designated Q1-2003
DSA Approval Q3-2006
NTP Construction Q2-2007
School Occupancy Q3-2010
This new high school will be located at the corner of First Street and Mission Road approximately 2 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The School will provide a campus setting with a science focus in two distinct small learning communities.
Buildings and spaces have been arranged to permit after-hours community access to certain areas. Amenities include classrooms and science labs, a library, multipurpose room, food service facilities, parent center, underground parking, competition gym and outdoor physical education facilities.
Board Member Monica Garcia
Local Superintendent Carmen N. Schroeder
LA City Council José Huizar
Owner's Rep. Mark Mickelson
Architect Nadel Architects, Inc. +
Barrio Planners, Inc.
General Contractor Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
2-Semester Seats 1,026
New Classrooms 38
Site Acres 6.22
Approximate Sq. Ft. 109,378
CHPS Score 24
Renderings via Nadel Architecture
Bold Colors Coming to Boyle Heights. Yes, It's Another LAUSD SchoolComments (7 extant)
I'm sorry, but the colors look really fun to me. If I was a student there it would be something I could be proud of.Comment #1, left at 06/30/08 02:56 PM.
speaking of schools, is the construction going on at 20th and Olympic in Santa Monica an expansion of the Crossroads school? It looks like a 4 story building that will replace what used to be a dirt lot.Comment #2, left at 06/30/08 03:13 PM.
I don't really understand all the controversy about building new schools. Isn't bond money being used to pay for them (in addition to taxes we already pay)? Also, isn't the population continuing to climb? Yet enrollment is down? That doesn't make sense to me--is it that more kids are not going to school?Comment #3, left at 06/30/08 03:17 PM. I Like Buildings
#3 - Yes, it is bond money. Regarding enrollment numbers -- People with kids are moving out of LAUSD's borders because they can't afford to live in the area. Also, a lot of charters are opening up so that is taking some kids out of LAUSD's enrollment numbers. Plus, I believe the "boomlet" (which are the kids of the baby boomers) has passed so there is a lull right now in school age kids, but the number of school age kids will start to slowly go back up as the boomlet kids starting having their own kids.
I Like Buildings: 229 comments, 0 followers, 1 ignore.
First of all - these multi colors are the new trend which is just trying to mask bad, unimaginative, institutional architecture (i.e - boxes).
Second of all - get used to LAUSD building these behemoths for all of the illegals and their kids streaming in from Mexico. Where else are they going to go to school?Comment #5, left at 06/30/08 03:50 PM. LASam
If enrollment is down... instead of increasing school capacity, why don't they use these funds to improve the schools we already have?
LASam: 49 comments, 0 followers, 0 ignores.I Like Buildings
LASam - The bonds are used for both new schools and modernizations of existing schools. You just don't hear much about the modernizations because the schools already exist (and aren't usually painted so colorfully). Plus, even though enrollment is down today, it won't be in five years and it takes forever to build the schools.