The Olinda Elementary School was planned as part of a comprehensive school and sports park development, designed by LPA. The District Design Committee specified that the program be able to evolve to accommodate either a K-8 or potential future middle school configuration. This flexibility is required due to the anticipated student demographic shift in the community that the school facility serves.

To address the goals for flexibility and cost efficiency, the phase one campus contains three classroom buildings, a kindergarten building reminiscent of the original historic “Little Green Schoolhouse”, and a town center with the multi-use, food service, administration, media center and central quad facilities. The classroom buildings were planned to facilitate either elementary or middle school grade level instruction. The classrooms are clustered around and visible to a shared computer lab for student work, independent study and pull-out programs.

Additional amenities include the incorporation of sustainable design features into the schools planning and development. All facilities provide ample natural daylighting, non-toxic building materials and incorporate high-energy lighting, efficient HVAC systems and drought-tolerant landscaping.

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Project Details

  • Completed in 2012
  • Brea, CA
  • 60,000-square-foot facility

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