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Carlos Santana Charter Arts Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
Active academics.
New elementary school embraces flexible learning.
Indoor-outdoor education.
The new elementary school for Los Angeles Unified School District is an “L” shaped building consisting of a two-story classroom block with all spaces ideally oriented to the North and South. A one-story support wing includes the library, administration, multi-purpose room and kitchen. The school is sited on the corner of the existing Sepulveda Middle School campus in the San Fernando Valley and required reconfiguration of the existing school playgrounds.

The main entrance is located at the intersection of the classroom block and the support wing at the Southwest corner of the site. The location maximizes the queuing distance for passenger drop off. The two corners of the “L” embrace a single rectangular play yard consisting of landscape, a kindergarten playground, and a multipurpose turf field and track. Open arcades line the administration and multipurpose wing to provide a shaded outdoor lunch and learning area.
Results
The modernization includes rearranging outdoor spaces to maximize usable area while keeping learning and lunch spots sheltered.
The new elementary school’s proximity to the district’s middle school required a similar aesthetic while also offering familiarity to students going from one school to the next.
Indoor and outdoor learning is encouraged throughout the campus.
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Project Data
Carlos Santana Charter Arts Academy 2005-00070-000
Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation
HED ROLE
RSF/GSF
54,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$27.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2016
Project Team
  • Tania Van Herle
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Systems Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Guillermo Castellanos
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Lucas (Sonny) Umali
    RA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Michael Bulander
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Architecture + Design Leader

  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader

New elementary school embraces flexible learning.
Carlos Santana Charter Arts Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Active academics.