Grover Cleveland Charter High School Comprehensive Modernization

Reseda, California


PBWS Architects, LLP


Los Angeles Unified School District


176,200 sq.ft.

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Completion Date


The comprehensive modernization of Grover Cleveland Charter High School transforms the 1961 campus into a modern learning environment that respects its mid-century roots while strengthening campus life. The facilities were overcrowded and needed a major expansion to address educational & safety needs. The district’s master plan called for replacing portable classrooms with 176,200 square feet of new construction for performing arts, general & special education classrooms, science labs, drafting & engineering labs, media classroom, food services, child development, and support services. The project modernized two existing classroom buildings and completed a seismic upgrade of the gymnasium. We refinished 187,000 square feet of existing buildings remaining on campus to refresh and integrate them with the new construction. The solution focused on four design goals: 1) respecting the campus’ mid-century design and site planning; 2) creating environments that promote and foster relationship building through serendipitous social interaction, collaboration, extracurricular activities, and self-directed problem solving; 3) employing the tenets of biophilic design to improve cognitive function, psychological and physiological health; and 4) emphasizing security, ease of maintenance, durability, and long-term performance.

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Kemp Bros Construction



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Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Flooring by Forbo Flooring Systems
Brick/Masonry by Angelus Block Co.
Doors by Cornell Iron Works
Roofing by Georgia-Pacific
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Honeywell
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by Notifier
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