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El Capitan HS Building Modernization, Grossmont UHSD
Lakeside, CA
Using good bones.
Careful planning results in district savings.
Modern building conversions create state-of-the-art facilities
When the Grossmont Union High School District approached HED with two outdated buildings from the 1950’s on the El Capitan High School campus, the initial solution seemed to be that these buildings would need to be fully replaced. They were old, obsolete, and no longer provided the quality instructional and administrative space the district required.

HED’s approach was both cost-effective and environmentally responsible: suggesting modernizing these existing buildings instead of tearing down buildings. The savings from this decision allowed the district to spend those funds elsewhere on more efficient MEP systems, replacing windows with more efficient glass, LED light fixtures, and insulating the envelope of the building – reducing energy costs. This extensive renovation created a state-of-the-art, modern facility by limiting the amount of finishes, exposing the ‘good bones’ of the structure allowing for clerestory lighting, and incorporating more natural lighting into the classroom building through the addition of solar tubes.

Along with saving the existing envelope, the team also responded to the district’s desire for a defined arrival to the administration building, creating a more dramatic entrance which thematically coordinates with their new event center (also designed by HED) along the school’s frontage that ties into the rest of the campus and encourages wayfinding.
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Results
These cost-effective renovations not only were a substantial savings from new construction, they also came in under budget.
To streamline the design process HED created and presented virtual walkthroughs of the building starting at an early stage to show the client the intended building form and features such as sun paths and intended use of materials.
Project Data
El Capitan HS Administrative + Classroom Buildings Modernization 2018-04068-000
Grossmont Union High School district
Lakeside, California
PROJECT SCOPE
Renovation
HED ROLE
Design Architect
RSF/GSF
17,688
CONSTRUCTION COST
$7.2 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Jennette La Quire
    AIA, LEED AP ID+C
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Alejandro Angeles
    Design
  • Felipe Lopez
    Design
Careful planning results in district savings.
El Capitan HS Building Modernization, Grossmont UHSD
Lakeside, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
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Using good bones.