Enadia Way Elementary School Reopening
Kennard Design Group
3600 Wilshire Boulevard, #1820, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Miralles Associates, Inc.
729 West Woodbury Road, Altadena, CA 91001
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’;
Basic Construction Type: Type 5/renovation.
Foundation: Existing, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Existing, wood. Roof: Existing.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.
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
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
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
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
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.