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Mira Costa High School
Manhattan Beach, CA
Mira Costa High School
Future. Focused.
Renovating a 1950s high school campus for 21st-century learning.
Building (sustainable) character.
Developed in close collaboration with faculty, administration and community members, Mira Costa High School’s campus-wide renovation takes maximum advantage of existing features, preserving buildings with strong character and replacing those of minimal value.

Sustainably designed, the new structures—including math and science, performing arts and multipurpose buildings— use generous daylighting and photovoltaic arrays for onsite energy generation. Existing buildings were extensively renovated to leverage orientation, daylighting and natural ventilation. The reconfigured campus also includes a new, central student commons to gather and ground the campus community.

The completed renovation and redesign strengthens the Mira Costa High School community with expanded program opportunities, new facilities and updated classroom spaces, and transforms a mid-century campus into a 21st century center of learning, innovation and growth.
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Results
The new, three-story math and science building anchors the northeast corner of campus and has become a community landmark.
Expanded visual and performance arts spaces include a more intimate, multi-purpose hall, dedicated rehearsal spaces and a 300-seat studio theater.
The campus redesign restructured joint-use athletic fields, removed older portables and a former administration building and created space for a central student commons.
Existing buildings with fundamentally good bones were renovated and repurposed, protecting the campus’ mid-century character.
Sustainable design elements—including daylighting and natural ventilation—are incorporated in both new buildings and renovated structures.
Public-use buildings were positioned at the campus perimeter, increasing community connectivity and engagement.
Project Data
Mira Costa High School 2009-00001-000
Manhattan Beach Unified School District
Manhattan Beach, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation
HED ROLE
Full Service A/E
RSF/GSF
400,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$46.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2011
Project Team
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PRINCIPAL
  • Elsie Harvey
    Accounting Services

  • Choong Kim
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Engineering

  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader

  • Guillermo Castellanos
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Gary Goldblum
    AIA, CSI
    Associate Principal
    Architecture + Design

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

  • Lucas (Sonny) Umali
    RA
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • David Wilmans
    LEED AP
    Architecture + Design

  • Megumi Hironaka
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Herbert Ng
    RA, LEED Green Associate
    Architecture + Design

  • Freddie Angelito
    Electrical Engineering

Renovating a 1950s high school campus for 21st-century learning.
Mira Costa High School
Manhattan Beach, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Future. Focused.
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