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  Enadia Way Elementary School Reopening

Enadia Way Elementary School ReopeningArchitect

Kennard Design Group
3600 Wilshire Boulevard, #1820, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Miralles Associates, Inc.
729 West Woodbury Road, Altadena, CA 91001

General Description

Location: West Hills, California
Date Bid: Apr 2007
Construction Period: May 2007 to Nov 2008
Total Square Feet: 24,087 Site: 7 acres.
Number of Buildings: 6; 13 classrooms, auditorium.
Building Size: First floor, 24,087; total, 24,087 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12’6”; multi-purpose room, 20’; total, 20’.
Basic Construction Type: Type 5/renovation.
Foundation: Existing, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Existing, wood. Roof: Existing.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Civil & Structural Engineer: Coffman Engineers, Inc. - 16133 Ventura Boulevard, #1010, Encino, CA 91436
General Contractor: USS Cal Builders, Inc. - 8051 Main Street, Stanton, CA 90680
Cost Estimator: Construction Cost Consultants - 2007 Wilshire Boulevard, #908, Los Angeles, CA 90057

The Enadia Way Elementary School is located in a residential area of single family homes in the San Fernando Valley near Los Angeles. Originally built in the 1950s and designed by Pereira & Luckman Architects, the school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 1992 when enrollment began to decline, the school was closed and leased to a private school. The private school operated the school for 10 years. However, the school rapidly deteriorated during the four years that it remained unused and unoccupied. Upon completion of the scope of work of this project, the school was re-opened to students in late 2008.

The campus has six, single-story buildings with classroom blocks connected by colonnades. There are 13 classrooms and a library. The other buildings include a multi-purpose building with an auditorium, teacher’s lounge and cafeteria. There is also an administration building, two kindergarten buildings with a separate play yard, a lunch shelter and extensive grass and hard surface playground areas on the seven-acre site.

The design goal was to re-open the school to serve the current needs of students, staff and faculty. Major renovations encompassed all of the buildings. The process began with hazardous materials (asbestos and lead paint) mitigation, replacement of windows, doors and door hardware, HVAC units, lighting, restroom upgrades and computer stations. The school was upgraded to meet accessibility codes. To conform with new environmental requirements for rainwater absorption, the main storm drain was replaced.

Formerly the school had no turf playing fields. Green space was increased by converting former asphalt playgrounds to grass, and providing more permeable surfaces for rainwater absorption. The majority of the existing trees on the site were trimmed and nurtured after years of neglect. Those not able to be saved were removed and replaced with new trees.

The school district mounted an active community relations effort to inform the local residents about the project. The general contractor observed strict rules regarding hours of operation to minimize noise impacts, dust control to minimize construction debris and dust from affecting the neighbors, and construction worker parking regulations to reduce the inconvenience to the neighbors during the 18-month construction period.

The school district also retained a facilitator to host several partnering sessions with the architect, engineers, general contractor, inspectors and other district representatives. The new principal selected by the district to serve at the school also participated in design meetings and the partnering sessions. These sessions helped to focus attention on major obstacles, improve communication, and set goals for the completion of the project.


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