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Discovery Building, Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica, CA
Outside the lines.
Creating connections through language.
An uplifting focal point
Replacing the existing science and technology buildings, this academic complex sits on Santa Monica High School's (Samohi) North Campus to the west of the most recently completed ‘Innovation’ Building. Highly visible from Olympic Blvd. and the 10 Freeway, this multi-function building is comprised of five levels and over 280,000 SF of space. In collaboration with the Dean and students, HED worked collaboratively to brainstorm what they considered key characteristics and attributes of the Samohi community. With the help of language teachers at the school, these characteristics were translated into the multiple languages spoken by the diverse student body and displayed on a “Word Wall” for students and faculty to admire daily.
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Results
The Santa Monica High School Discovery Building has been recognized as a winner of the 52nd Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) and Architectural Awards Jury.
The Santa Monica High School Discovery Building has been recognized as a 2022 recipient of the Westside Urban Forum Design Awards.
The Santa Monica High School Discovery Building has been recognized as the winner of ENR California Best Projects 2022: Best K-12 Education.
The Discovery Building has been recognized as a 2022 recipient of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) Southern California Chapter: Project Achievement Award.
The Santa Monica High School Discovery Building has received the 2022 Juror's Choice Award at the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE) annual Planning & Design Awards.
The Discovery Building has been shortlisted for a 2022 Southern California Development Forum (SCDF) Design & Philanthropy Award.
The new Discovery Building will propel Santa Monica High School into a new experience of learning. We look forward to how the building will help us realize our current vision for learning and adapt to future learning.”
Carey Upton
Chief Operations Officer
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
Project Data
Discovery Building 2017-02309-000
Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica, CA
PROJECT SCOPE
New Construction
HED ROLE
Design Architect, Mechanical/ Plumbing Engineering, Electrical Engineering
RSF/GSF
260,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$114.0 Million
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    LEED Certified Equivalent
Project Team
  • Duane Fisher
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Associate
    Architecture
  • Rafael Noriega
    LEED AP
    Associate
    Electrical Design
  • Freddie Angelito
    Electrical Design
  • Sean Bani
    PE, LEED AP
    Principal
    Electrical Engineering Leader
  • John Dale
    FAIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Patricia (Patsy) Shigetomi
    AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
Creating connections through language.
Discovery Building, Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Outside the lines.