San Dimas High School, Gymnasium Modernization and Expansion

San Dimas, California

  • FIRM

    Rachlin Architects

  • CLIENT

    Bonita Unified School District

  • AREA

    31,738 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $7,208,211.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    5/2013

San Dimas High School has served its community with distinction since 1970, earning a place on Newsweek magazine’s list of “America’s Best High Schools.” Drawing on community pride in the school’s academic and athletic achievements, the gymnasium modernization and expansion project aimed to achieve a transformative effect on ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,866COST PER SQ FT$227.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation campus.

A major improvement that provided the athletic program with flexible training spaces consisted of expanding the gymnasium with an additional practice court enhanced by motorized backstops and bleachers. Additional renovation work for the 31-foot-high concrete frame/brick infill building included reconfiguring the weightroom, locker rooms and toilets; installing an energy-efficient HVAC system; and providing new finishes throughout the building. 

The most dramatic feature is the modern metal-panel entry facade. In addition to providing the gymnasium with an attractive landmark identity, the facade defines an entrance lobby that smoothly guides circulation in and out of the building. For the student-athletes and the public who come to cheer them at games, the gymnasium is a renewed and dynamic expression of the school’s “Saints” pride.