John Burroughs High School Reconstruction

Burbank, California

  • FIRM

    HMC Architects


    Burbank Unified School District

  • AREA

    275,507 sq.ft.





A vigorous game of musical chairs ensues whenever an urban high school campus undergoes a complete reconstruction, and Burbank Unified School District, situated in a densely developed area of Los Angeles, knows this firsthand.

John Burroughs High School was designed as a junior high school in the 1920s. Technological demands and an increased student population marked ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMBernards Brothers Construction ManagementCOST PER SQ FT$160.00CITATIONGold CitationFEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYInterior Renovation need to accommodate 2,500 pupils through reconstruction and additions. This also presented an opportunity to create an energized learning environment befitting the 21st century.

Collaboration between the client and architect resulted in a project that satisfied district program requirements and had excellent aesthetic appeal. This project facilitated new curriculum capabilities, modernization of existing functions, improvement of building appearances, and seamless integration of existing buildings with newly constructed additions.

Interiors were designed to be functional and attractive while complementing existing campus buildings through a mix of materials and design elements that respected the past, while meeting today’s maintenance, durability and technical requirements. All objectives were realized while maintaining optimal campus services during construction.

"Wonderful use of colors. The flow is dynamic. Simple and well-executed."--2004 jury