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El Capitan HS Event Center, Grossmont UHSD
Lakeside, CA
Sycamores and mighty
mountains.
A new event center inspired by an alma mater.
Vaquero pride.
The Grossmont Union High School District entrusted HED with the development and design of an iconic, multifunctional new event center. Sited on the El Capitan High School campus, the design needed to meet four primary goals: represent the cultural heritage of El Capitan High School; incorporate indoor and outdoor areas; provide students with a unique learning experience; and seamlessly integrate with the existing on-campus architecture.

To achieve these goals, we began by dividing the complex into two buildings, establishing a dramatic, focal entrance and creating connected outdoor spaces. Inspired by the campus and by El Capitan’s alma mater, we designed the structure to reference the lines and angles of the region’s mountains and horizons. We also included the school’s famed sycamores in the landscaping, grounding the new structure in the surrounding environment.

Inside, the event center includes a flat floor with retractable seating to accommodate theater productions, band performances, gallery shows, testing and banquets. The 15,886 square foot complex also includes a lobby, concessions, a band room, practice rooms, a dance studio, a drama classroom and restroom facilities.

The completed event center establishes a new focal point and gathering area on El Capitan's campus—one that proudly reflects the school's cultural heritage and welcomes the surrounding community.
HED really took the time to thoroughly get to know and embrace our campus culture. There are components of the design that probably would not have been conceived of if the architect and several contractors weren't alumni, and that existing relationship set a great foundation. We love it!”
Dena Johnson
Project Planning Manager
Grossmont UHSD
Project Data
El Capitan High School Event Center 2017-02389-000
Grossmont Union HS District
Lakeside, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
15,886
CONSTRUCTION COST
$11.2 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
HED Standard
YEAR COMPLETED
2019 (estimated)
Project Team
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
    PROJECT MANAGER
A new event center inspired by an alma mater.
El Capitan HS Event Center, Grossmont UHSD
Lakeside, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Sycamores and mighty
mountains.