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El Modena High School, Orange Unified School District
Orange, CA
El Modena High School, Orange Unified School District
Engaging with
community.
New high school master plan is designed for, and with, students.
School as active community space.
The new plan for El Modena High School envisions the creation of a two-story atrium building which will interconnect all the core academic buildings on campus and provide a social hub for the school. Bordering this space will be the media center, a new gymnasium, the administration center and classrooms. Adjacent to this central atrium will be a new student quad flanked by classrooms, a gymnasium, new science labs, a new cafeteria and a performing arts center. A new 50-meter replacement pool, with outdoor seating and concession stands, is designed to serve both the school and the community at-large.

Pilot projects called “Classroom of the 21st Century” were executed over a summer to build community excitement and provide feedback from the users to inform the planning and design. The project modernizes eight classrooms, furnishing them flexibly and aesthetically, providing more student display and brainstorming space. Results from a student poll show they were thrilled to learn in these new environments.
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Project Data
El Modena High School 2013-00014-000
Orange Unified School District
Orange County, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
Study
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
250,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$16.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2015
Project Team
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Tania Van Herle
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Corporate Systems Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader

  • Bharat Patel
    PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Principal
    Engineering Leader

New high school master plan is designed for, and with, students.
El Modena High School, Orange Unified School District
Orange, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Engaging with
community.