Mater Dei High School

Santa Ana, California

  • FIRM

    Martinez Kuch Architects


    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange

  • AREA

    223,000 sq.ft.





The existing Mater Dei High School campus was primarily constructed in the 1950s and will receive a major renovation. The new projects are to be constructed in three phases over a number of years. The first phase includes academic, library and science building, chapel and ministry, plus student activity center. The second phase includes an athletic complex. The third ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPJHM Southwest ArchitectsCAPACITY2,200COST PER SQ FT$125.00FEATURED IN1998 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress includes a performing-arts complex. In addition, all existing buildings will be seismically upgraded.

The new master plan preserves an existing landscaped court passive activity area and creates a new active plaza, which becomes the main student gathering area. Existing walkways and axial relationships are redefined by specific old and new building placements. The athletic complex is located adjacent to parking and athletic fields.

The architectural design reflects the existing modernist building character, site conditions and program elements. Existing materials of brick, stucco and metal are extended into the new architecture in a refined manner. The landmark corner academic building is intended to connect to the local community, as well as form the internal form for the new main plaza. Appropriately the centerpiece of the plaza is the campus ministry complex. The student center opens up onto the plaza and will double as a multipurpose building for events.