San Marcos High School San Marcos, California
To date, the San Marcos High School has earned multiple awards, including the following:
2015 AGC Build San Diego Public Work Award
2014 ABC Excellence in Construction - Project of the Year Award
2014 ABC Excellence in Construction - Institutional Project Award
One of Lusardi’s foremost and forward thinking projects is the reconstruction of the San Marcos High School. The new multistory state-of-the-art campus offers collaborative environments, flexible and adaptable classrooms, dynamic student common areas, access to cutting edge technology, and communal areas that promote various learning styles that facilitate collaboration, creativity, and inspiration. Located on a 45-acre site is 425,000 square feet of building area that is designed to engage up to 3,200 students. Designed around a collegiate model, the San Marcos High School has a central student courtyard that is the heart of the social campus activity. To provide students with greater diversity, no classroom is retained by a single teacher. Teachers, along with students will shift classrooms making it a student-centered classroom model rather than a teacher-centered classroom to foster the school district’s educational goals. Because the school is technology driven, it is rich with cutting edge high-tech components that are available in all classrooms; making it more accessible to students at all times.
The education facility was constructed over a 36 month period and was done so over three phases. The comprehensive high school consists of 7 buildings that offer classrooms, administrative support areas, counseling, a library, food service, performing arts theater, gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and multiple social common areas. The building structures are a sequence of steel, tilt-up concrete, poured-in-place concrete, masonry, and curtain-wall.
Construction began with construction of the Interim Campus for the students to temporarily attend classes for several months while the new school was being constructed. This consisted of the construction of 373 modular units that were completed and occupied by students in a staggering six months. Following the temporary housing was the demolition of the existing school and the reconstruction of the new facilities. Lusardi self-performed the concrete portion of the school that consisted of 303 tilt-up panels and 21,000 cubic yards of concrete.
Phase I – Installation of the temporary school
Phase 2/2A – Demolition of existing high school
Phase 2B – Construction of a new high school facility. The main campus would be constructed in staggered increments totaling 425,000 square feet with 118 teaching stations, onsite parking, 3 court gymnasium, performing arts center, technology and science buildings and a central plant to service 4 pipe HVAC systems that loop throughout the campus. Athletic facilities include a new gymnasium and football field.
Phase 2C – Removal of temporary school
Phase 2D – Construction of permanent facilities on temporary housing site.
Client: San Marcos Unified School District
Architect: LPA Architects
Building Area: 425,000 sf