Santa Monica High School Discovery Center


Project description

HED, in collaboration with Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, has designed a spectacular new academic complex that transforms the North Campus of Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI). Benefiting both the school and the surrounding community, the complex elevates educational, cultural and recreational activities; improves campus access and circulation; and supports overall child development and diverse learning styles.

From arts and sports facilities to larger, brighter classrooms, improved support spaces to revamped outdoor spaces, the five-story, 280,000-square-foot complex fosters social interactions and strengthens a sense of community on campus. SAMOHI.

Wrapped around an open entry courtyard, this innovative structure is designed as an “open building”, with a flexible, open-column grid, raised floor, and non-load-bearing walls that can be reconfigured over time. Sustainable and flexible, the new complex includes displacement ventilation, photovoltaic and solar thermal panels and a two-story living green wall.

Redefining traditional classrooms and taking full advantage of the Californian climate, large shade trees and landscaped rooms also serve as teaching, dining and gathering spaces. Outdoor classrooms, including a rooftop hydroponic garden and science classroom, connect students to the natural world, promoting experiential and hands-on learning.

Indoor classrooms are organized around common spaces, building on this sense of belonging, identity and interconnectedness. Supporting today’s diverse teaching and learning styles, the classrooms easily adapt to changing teaching approaches and uses, thanks to the structure’s flexible and innovative open building concept and walls. functional glasses.

Additional features include a publicly accessible 50-meter swimming pool, central kitchen and dining area, medically fragile suite and labs, and parking. A creative space and career technology labs support SAMOHI’s “Project Lead the Way” program.

Replacing existing science and technology buildings, the new complex joins the recently completed Innovation Building to transform the SAMOHI campus, serving the school community and surrounding region – in a flexible and sustainable way – for years to come.

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