Fairmont Prep Academy, Retail Conversion into High School Facility

Anaheim, California

In early 2000, Fairmont Private Schools Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, Calif., (total enrollment of 7,025 students) was experiencing growing pains and was exploring the idea of integrating its existing high school and middle school campuses. The architect was selected to transform the existing 1960s-era strip mall into a new high school while integrating the existing ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$122.00FEATURED IN2004 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation into a unified campus.

The primary goal of creating a single unified campus between the two diametrically opposed existing structures was achieved through two main methods:

•To create a unified architectural expression, the design drew from the historic mission character of the existing high school buildings.

•To create outdoor gathering spaces (both hard-court and landscape) the design tied the two campuses together and provided a place for the students to gather.

The result is a visually cohesive cluster of mission-style buildings designed around dynamic outdoor gathering spaces. The interiors were designed to accommodate the school’s high academic standards in the Los Angeles area by providing functional, flexible and diverse academic opportunities for the staff to educate and inspire students.