Mira Costa High School, Math & Science Building

Manhattan Beach, California

  • FIRM

    Harley Ellis Devereaux


    Manhattan Beach Unified School District

  • AREA

    292,399 sq.ft.





The new Math and Science Building at Mira Costa High School is the first of three phases defined by a comprehensive needs assessment of the existing facilities, detailed space programming, interactive community workshops and design alternatives. The design team was able to identify significant savings through careful phasing and placement of new facilities. By building ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY2,300COST PER SQ FT$167.58CITATIONHigh School CitationFEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio new Math and Science Building on an existing parking lot, while maintaining all the existing classrooms, the need for interim housing was avoided. Through selective demolition, strategic modernization and sensitive infill, the campus has been reorganized to cluster academic programs and shared resources. The Phase 1 Math and Science Building and Phase 2 classroom renovations employ cool roofs, displacement ventilation, natural ventilation, and enhanced daylighting. The Math and Science Building features open air multi-story gallerias and a rooftop canopy designed for a future photovoltaic array. Centrally located “super lab” suites have skylights and roll-up glass doors for team teaching. The reconfigured campus also strengthens the sense of community by creating a central Student Commons, now being completed under Phase 3.