Arroyo Grande High School, Campus Reconstruction

Arroyo Grande, California

  • FIRM

    PMSM Architects


    Lucia Mar Unified School District

  • AREA

    155,000 sq.ft.





The reconstruction of Arroyo Grande High School was funded in part by a $21.5 million local bond measure and supplemented with another $7.5 million in state-matching and joint-use funds. The challenge of the master-planning phases was to evaluate almost 70 years of construction on the site.

Acting as a steward of the district’s resources and trust, the architect ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$187.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation initial recommendations about what to modernize and what to reconstruct. The architect worked with the district’s education specifications committee to build consensus and establish a priority list for each item identified that was tied to the budget.

The new construction included a 33-meter pool, student support-services building, multi-use building, food-services facility, library/media center and tennis courts. The renovation focuses on core classroom and restroom buildings, locker rooms and parking. The design mirrored the existing fabric of the neighborhood and created a sense of place by repeating design elements throughout the 63-acre campus.

The aggressive, six-phase project was completed in less than four years. The campus remained open the entire time without displacing teachers and students.