Lucille Smith Elementary School

Lawndale, California

Lucille Smith Elementary School represents a new vision for the Lawndale Elementary School District and the city center of the small southern California city of Lawndale.

A total of 540 K-3 students will occupy this dense 3.5 acres, which was the site of a former elementary school. The campus will have a two-story classroom building, a kindergarten building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY540COST PER SQ FT$203.00CITATIONWork in Progress CitationFEATURED IN2005 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress playground, an administration/library/multiuse building, a lunch shelter, asphalt play and elementary-sized playfields, and parking and dropoff areas that also will serve adjacent city functions.

Inherent flexibility for age-related classrooms, a new technological backbone, and new indoor and outdoor facilities for school and community functions will make the school a new community asset with joint-use potential. The design will create a campus with space between the buildings for gatherings and community use, and will relate scale and open space to the adjacent civic center.

A distinctively modern architectural style embodies the district’s vision for technology and creativity within the elementary school curriculum.

"Appreciate attention given to creating campus--exterior spaces are formed by buildings."--2005 jury